Tennessee Penalties for Marijuana/Cannabis

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.

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