Marijuana is a Schedule VI drug under Tennessee law and is prohibited for use, possession, sale, distribution, and cultivation. While many other states have decriminalized marijuana for personal or medicinal use in recent years, it remains illegal in all forms in Tennessee. In fact, the state has some of the harshest penalties for marijuana crimes in the United States.
MARIJUANA POSSESSION & SALE PENALTIES IN TN
Possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a minimum $250 fine and up to one year in jail. A second possession offense ups the associated fine to $500. A conviction of third-offense simple marijuana possession can escalate the charges to a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison and fines up to $1,000.
Penalties will increase if a person is found with more than half an ounce of marijuana, as they can also be charged with intent to sell. Penalties are as follows:
- Between ½ ounce and 10 pounds: up to six years in prison and fines up to $5,000
- Between 10 and 70 pounds: up to 12 years in prison and fines up to $50,000
- Between 70 and 300 pounds: up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
- More than 300 pounds: up to 60 years in prison and fines up to $200,000
Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and anywhere between $150 to $2,500 in fines. A subsequent conviction will increase the mandatory minimum fine to $250.
MARIJUANA CULTIVATION PENALTIES IN TN
Cultivation of marijuana is similarly punished. Consequences will vary depending on the number of plants found in a person’s possession and the number of previous offenses on an accused person’s record.
Penalties for marijuana cultivation include:
- 10 plants or less: up to six years in prison and fines up to $5,000
- 10 to 19 plants: up to 12 years in prison and fines up to $50,000
- 20 to 99 plants: up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $100,000
- 100 to 499 plants: up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $200,000
- More than 500 plants: up to 60 years in prison and fines up to $500,000
MARIJUANA CRIME LAWYER IN MURFREESBORO
If you are facing charges for any sort of marijuana crime, a Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyer at Joshua T. Crain, Attorneys at Law can fight to defend your freedom. Having served as a former prosecutor, Attorney Crain understands the opposition’s strategies and can fight to secure a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf.
Call (615) 200-9409 or schedule a free consultation today to retain the defense you deserve.