The law does set forth a formal application process for patients to enroll; however, patients will have to enroll in a clinical research study run by a hospital or clinic affiliated with a school of medicine in Tennessee in order to be legally protected. Consult with medical schools in the state to find out if any clinical research studies are currently available.

Eligible conditions:

If you are diagnosed with one of the following conditions, you may be eligible for physician certification as a patient in

Becoming a Patient as a Minor:

There are no age restrictions for patient registration, the process is the same.

Benefits of Being a Patient:

If you are arrested for the possession of cannabis oil containing less than 0.9% THC, you may have an affirmative defense in court.

Becoming a Caregiver:

There are no legal provisions or protections for caregivers in Tennessee.

Out-of-State Patients:

Out-of-State patient registrations are recognized in Tennessee; however, they only cover cannabis obtained in another state containing less than .9% THC and clearly labeled as such is allowed. For more information about traveling as a medical cannabis patient, check out our Travel Guide.

Home Cultivation:

Growing cannabis at home is not legal in Tennessee.


Medical cannabis patients can find additional resources here

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