Tennessee

Tennessee

NO
Registered Patient Population
0%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
0
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
N/A
Ratio of Patients to Retail Location

CBD treatment is legal in Tennessee. Patients with a legal recommendation may possess CBD oils with no more than 0.9 percent THC. Only public universities are authorized to grow and manufacture that oil.

Patient Rights and Civil Protection 34/100   
Arrest Protection 20/40
Affirmative Defense 9/15
Parental Rights Protections 0/10
DUI Protections 0/5
Employment Protections 0/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 0/7
Housing Protections 5/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 0/5
Organ Transplants 0/5
Reciprocity 0/3
Access to Medicine 9/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 0/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 0/15
– Allows Delivery 0/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 0/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 0/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 0/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 0/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 0/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 0/20
– Personal Cultivation 0/15
– Collective Gardening 0/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 3/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 1/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 5/10
Local Bans/Zoning 0/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 20/50
Adding New Conditions 0/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 0/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 0/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 6/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 0/4
Number of Caregivers 0/2
Patient/Practitioner-Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 2/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 6/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 0/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 3/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 3/5
Functionality 33/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 10/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems 5/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 8/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 5/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 0/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 3/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 2/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 0/100   
Dispensing 0/25
Staff Training 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures 0/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 0/1.25
– Storage Protocols 0/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0/1.25
– Inventory Control 0/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Product Labeling 0/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 0/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 0/1.67
Required Testing 0/5
– Active Compound Identification 0/1.67
– Contaminants 0/1.67
– Potency 0/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 0/25
Staff Training 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures 0/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0/0.71
– Water Management 0/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 0/5
– Pesticide Guidance 0/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 0/2.5
Required Testing 0/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 0/1.25
– Contaminants 0/1.25
– Potency 0/1.25
– Sample Retention 0/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Manufacturing 0/25
Staff Training 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures 0/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/1
– Storage Protocols 0/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
Product Labeling 0/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 0/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 0/1.67
Required Testing 0/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 0/1
– Contaminants 0/1
– Potency 0/1
– Shelf Life Testing 0/1
– Sample Retention 0/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Laboratory Operations 0/25
Staff Training 0/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHPA Guidelines 0/5
Result Reporting 0/5
Independent or Third Party 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 0/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.83
Covid Response 0/20   
Delivery Available? 0/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 0/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 0/7
Telemedicine Available? 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

Tennessee’s medical cannabis legislation took effect in April 2014, creating an extremely narrow legal exception that does not protect the vast majority of residents. Under the law, licensed physicians can recommend cannabis oil with less than 0.9% THC to treat severe seizure disorders. However, cannabis can only be legally produced and manufactured by a University in Putnam County as part of an approved clinical research study, effectively hampering supply.

Becoming a Patient in Tennessee

Medical cannabis patients in Tennessee must be enrolled in an approved clinical trial in order to receive legal protection. To take part in a research program, patients must have uncontrolled seizures and be under the care of a physician who is practicing at a medical facility that is affiliated with a University school of medicine.

Recommending Cannabis in Tennessee

Physicians affiliated with a University school of medicine may conduct a clinical research study on cannabis therapy for intractable seizures. Research findings must be reported to the Tennessee General Assembly by January 2018. This section includes a basic overview of requirements for recommending clinicians and links to other educational resources.

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Tennessee

The law does not provide for legal protections to caregivers.

Tennessee Advocacy

Find local ASA Chapters, Action Groups and Affiliates in Tennessee and get involved in local campaigns.

The State of Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

The State of Medical Marijuana in Tennessee