Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine

Possession

1/2 oz or less (first offense) misdemeanor 1 year $ 250
1/2 oz or less (second offense) misdemeanor 1 year $ 500
1/2 oz or less (third offense) felony 1 – 6 years $ 1,000
Fines for possession are mandatory.

Sale

1/2 oz – 10 lbs felony 1 – 6 years $ 5,000
10 – 70 lbs felony 2 – 12 years $ 5,000
70 – 300 lbs felony 8 – 30 years $ 200,000
More than 300 lbs felony 15 – 60 years $ 500,000
Includes possession with intent to distribute.
Subsequent offense carries higher penalty.

Cultivation

10 plants or less felony 1 – 6 years $ 5,000
10 – 19 plants felony 2 – 12 years $ 50,000
20 – 99 plants felony 3 – 15 years $ 100,000
100 – 499 plants felony 8 – 30 years $ 200,000
More than 500 plants felony 15 – 60 years $ 500,000
Subsequent offense carries higher penalty.

Paraphernalia

Possession of paraphernalia misdemeanor 1 year $ 2,500
Sale of paraphernalia felony 1 – 6 years $ 3,000

Miscellaneous (license suspensions, civil damages, etc…)

Falsification of drug tests misdemeanor 1 year $ 2,500

Penalty Details

Marijuana is a Schedule VI drug in TN.

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Possession

Possession of a half ounce of marijuana or less is a Class A misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. First offenses bring with them a minimum fine of $250. A second offense brings a mandatory fine of at least $500. Third time offenders will be charged with a Class E felony, bringing a punishment of between 1 and 6 years in prison and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000.

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Sale

The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute between a half ounce of marijuana and 10 lbs. of marijuana is a Class E felony punishable with between 1-6 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $5,000.

The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute between 10 and 70 lbs. of marijuana is a Class D felony punishable with between 2-12 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $5,000.

The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute between 70-300 lbs. of marijuana is a Class B felony punishable with between 8-30 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $200,000.

The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute more than 300 lbs. of marijuana is a Class A felony punishable with between 15-60 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $500,000.

A first-time felony conviction will receive a minimum fine of at least $2,000. A second felony conviction will bring a minimum fine of at least $3,000. The third and all subsequent felony convictions will bring a fine of at least $5,000, and will be punished at one grade higher.

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Sale to a minor is an unclassified felony which results in a increase in the grade of the offense (determined by amount of marijuana present) by one sentencing grade.

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Sale to a minor within 1,000 ft. of a school is an unclassified felony which results in a increase in the grade of the offense (determined by amount of marijuana present) by one sentencing grade.

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Cultivation

Cultivation of 10 plants or less is a Class E felony and can lead to incarceration of between 1 and 6 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $5,000.

Cultivation of between 10 and 19 plants is a Class D felony and can lead to incarceration of between 2 and 12 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $50,000.

Cultivation of between 20 and 99 plants is a Class C felony and can lead to incarceration of between 3 and 15 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $100,000.

Cultivation of between 100 and 499 plants is a Class B felony and can lead to incarceration of between 8 and 30 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $200,000.

Cultivation of 500 or more plants is a Class A felony and can lead to incarceration of between 15 and 60 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $500,000.

First-time felony convictions will receive a mandatory minimum fine of at least $2,000.

Second-time felony convictions will receive a mandatory minimum fine of at least $3,000.

Any repeat felony conviction after the second will receive a mandatory minimum fine of at least $5,000.

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Paraphernalia

Possession of paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable with up to 1 year of incarceration and a fine of between $150 and $2,500. For a second or subsequent violation, the mandatory minimum fine increases to $250.

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Sale of paraphernalia is a Class E felony and is punishable with 1-6 years of incarceration and a maximum fine of $3,000.

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Miscellaneous

Falsification of Drug Tests

Falsifying a dug test is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable with up to 1 year of incarceration and a fine not to exceed $2,500.

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Tax Stamps

This state has a marijuana tax stamp law enacted. This law mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or criminal sanction. For more information, see NORML’s report Marijuana Tax Stamp Laws And Penalties.

26 Responses to Tennessee Laws

  • Legalization would not only empty the jails of minor league pot smokers/growers but, I feel, would lessen the obvious pill problem I have seen since moving here. As a West Coast Master Grower, I noticed great pain relief in my patients back in CA.

    • You are absolutely correct, I have my medical card for California but I had to move back to TN and wasn’t able to get my MMJ here so I had to go back to pharma medications and the side effects are irreversible and life time trauma from using them. At one point the medication hospitalized me because it started shutting my kidneys down. I would rather die than to take another pill knowing the ONLY MEDICINE I NEED IS MMJ with theses side effects: Relaxed, Pain Free, No Nausea, Calm, Energetic, Creative, At Peace, Over Joyed knowing I Can Play With My Children without getting exhausted and sick, Seizure Free, Confident and most of all Happy That I Can Take Care of Myself without Constant Assistance of Others

  • i agree people have nothing to calm their nerves so they try other drugs that are around only because marijuana is not legal here in TN

  • Taking pain pills might be legal here but procuring them thru an old widow woman who need to sell her pills to make rent is NOT.

  • I would like to see my only brother (42) live a long, healthy life with his wife and 4 children. I would love to get him some Simpson Oil for Christmas, but the current laws make that impossible. So much talk about “pro-life” here in TN, yet the state is unwilling to save lives with natural cures God has put before us. Shameful. When will the insanity end? Jailing people for pot? Prisons for profit is disgraceful and inhumane. The DRs. give my brother a year to live, he has a 3 month old daughter! Please save HIS life! Stand up for the LIVING who are unnecessarily SUFFERING and DYING! I have been a member of NORML in NY since the late 1970s, still waiting for the change to come…

  • me myself i would love to be able to smoke cause it helps me eat an sleep to were im healthy. an not alwyas mad or depressed

  • Vote. Write you congress people. Keep the cannabis culture on a mature level and educate the uninformed. It’s nice to finally see people posting in here. Some of us need pot, and some of us want it. My hopes too all the patient sufferers. Peace, love, and don’t forget to vote!!

  • I’m sick of going to jail for a medicine that helps my seizures. In return helps the quality of life. Now I have to pay thousands of dollars to the state. I should start doing cocaine and robbing the corner market if they want to treat me as a criminal.

  • Legal or not. I’ll still smoke it!!

  • Look at the money that is made that alone shows the whole pitcher. Also what I would like to no is where is all the money going or being used for because there is no new roads, schools, school books. But you can bet that the judges that are old and knead replaced are living high on the hog while innocent people are suffering. If we don’t get the old out of office the new cant make the changes. So lets Vote to get the good old boys out office and make a path for others to follow.

  • My fiancé suffered with a seizure disorder and had a heart valve problem. Her heart surgeon said that the procedure to repair her heart was common and that he could see her living another forty years but couldn’t do anything until they got her seizures under control. She took the medicines she was prescribed even when they made her sick or knocked her out and unfortunately eight days after her 43rd birthday she had a bad seizure while I was at work and died. This was 2 years after first seeing her heart surgeon. I wonder if these lawmakers would say no to trying everything even if it wasn’t popular to save their soul mate?

  • Marijuana is not what we (The American Public) have been told and shown (Reefer Madness). Marijuana is a drug and can be abused. But marijuana is not a harmful drug when a person educates themselves and use it properly. Will a select few abuse marijuana….of course (as all drugs can be….even caffeine). The biggest difference is the repercussions of marijuana versus other legal substances. The abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs exceed the negative costs of marijuana times 1000 (insurance fees, medical fees, and most important…..American lives and their families). Marijuana is new industry that will create jobs and keep Tennessee money in Tennessee. If marijuana was so bad, wouldn’t we see a fall out in the states where it is being used for medical and recreational use? Instead, Americans are moving to these states and taking their families and money elsewhere. Let’s get Tennessee moving in the right direction and stop moving families and tax dollars out of state because we are scared. Thanks for reading!

  • the law needs to legalize it I believe it would help cut way down on all the other drugs that r being used wrongly it because weed is not legal is why people turn to pills and after the pills stop working they need something that’s stronger so they turn to cocaine and meth and other drugs that are harmful to us of course they would allow pills to be sold but they don’t consider how the world would be a better place when they legalized it in calorodo there homicide rate went down 60% don’t anyone else realize how dramaticly that would help if they just legalize it weed should be legal its natural its a plant Indians smoked it what so wrong with t that they cant they r just scaried they will lose there money instead of help and caring for the lifes of others

  • The hick cops here in Tennessee came to my house on a 911 call and they had the wrong address. While they were here, one hick went in my backyard and seen three small cannabis plants in a pot. I hired a good attorney but they still charged me. Now I’m a felon with two years probation. Does this make sense? No! Fucking hicks can suck my ass. As soon as probation is over, I’m gone.

    • Dumb ass. Your fault. When you things are legal, it will come off your record.

      • I’m not a liar, I mean lawyer but legalizing something doesn’t clear the records of those found guilty before the legality. If that were the case then all marijuana offenders in Colorado & Washington would be let off the hook &/or out of their cages.

      • I bet Tim is a pill head

      • Btw, 4 months and I’m off probation. The charges get expunged. I’m coming soon Colorado!

    • I left TN for Washington while on probation. Now they have me call once a quarter, and of course pay my fee. If they move your probation to your new state you pay for it there. They want the money so you just call.

      The whole things from bust to court to probation is about money. The courthouse is a huge business.

  • I’m still confused as to why alcohol is legal and marijuana not?!?! I know that I prefer to smoke over any “legal” drug or alcohol available! Something is not right here!

  • I agree with you. What are dumb redneck southern Baptists ever right about? That’s the answer to your question.

  • I must admit that I was once opposed to medical marijuana. Howver, after a broken back and living a life of chronic pain from the nerve damage my views are changing. No, they have changed. The medical industry is just as bad as the Military Industrial complex. They want more money, at all costs. You goto this dr and they refer you this dr, who then says you need this scan before you see this dr. All the while take these handful of pill that are narcotics to EASE the pain, not eliminate the pain. If they eliminate the pain, you won’t need the drs and all their tests. They say marijuana is a plant that formulates a dangerous drug. WHAT IS OPIATES? They come from a plant that formulates a drug AND NOW a lot of new pain medicines are not even from a plant but are MAN MADE PAIN MEDS. Who is fooling who here????? No one ods on marijuana but we see it everyday on these opiates. But again, i Hate to say it but if they legalize it, a lot of drs and hospitals will lose a lot of recurring visits because of the system the govt has set up to control chronic pain patients. I so hope for change to come.

  • My soul mate suffered from seizures for years but smoking pot kept them under control. That was something that no prescription drug could do. During 2013 and 2014 it got so hard to find and expensive that I watched time and time again helplessly while the seizures came more and more frequently until July 12, 2014 when she died at age 42 eight days after her birthday. She was the most patriotic and God fearing person I’ve ever known. She was a published poet, dedicated mother, kind, loving and beautiful and something as harmless as marijuana was kept from her because of nothing more than old fashioned thinking and ignorance. I miss her more than anyone can possibly imagine and pray that no-one ever have to suffer like she did but they will. The law dictates it.

  • I have to watch my friends suffer slow deaths than procure life and live instead they have known nothing but pills since they were young, parents feeding it to them like candy not even realizing the detrimental consequences on there health. It’s fucking sick to think that’s what’s people choose over something earth sprouts from itself to hand out and give to you the effort that took to ignore and look down upon it. The first time I realized the ignorance of it all was when I convinced a friend for the first time to smoke and he told me he would rather take pills cause it’s tasteless but now he regularly smokes it just goes I show what a little information can do and experience I fully support NORML and everything they are doing to change this atrocity I hope to be at the next chapter meeting.

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