CBD oil only (2014)
On May 4, 2015, Governor Bill Haslam, acting on the advice of his Health Commissioner, John Dreyzehner, signed legislation that would allow the use of CBD, but not the plant itself, to treat cases of seizures and epilepsy, and have the recommendation of their doctor.
In 2014, Tennessee legislators passed SB 2531, which changes the definition of marijuana to create a legal exception for the possession and use of low-THC, CBD-rich cannabis oil solely by patients with intractable seizures. The law authorizes a state university to grow and manufacture the oil, which can have no more than 0.9% THC.
In May 2016, the legislature amended a provision related to university research. The law now allows university research for 0.6% THC, allows any university in the state to participate, and allows research to be conducted on intractable seizures, cancer, and other diseases. However, the law also requires any study to be “certified by the drug enforcement administration located in the state,” effectively hampering supply.
Under the law, licensed physicians can recommend cannabis oil that contains less than 0.9% THC, but only to treat severe seizure disorders.
There is no legal protection offered for independent patient caregivers, dispensaries, producers or processors.
- Must be diagnosed with an uncontrolled seizure disorder
- Must be enrolled in an approved clinical research study
- Must be under the care of a physician at a hospital or clinic affiliated with a school of medicine
- Must not possess forms of cannabis oil that contain over 0.9% THC
Cannabis Grow Limit:
Cannabis Possession Limit:
The plant itself is not legal, just the CBD oil extract
No Explicit Legal Protection
In Tennessee, cannabis must be produced and manufactured by a university in as part of an approved clinical trial.
No Explicit Legal Protection
Distribution/DispensariesNo Explicit Legal Protection
On May 4, 2015 the Governor signed legislation that would allow the use of CBD, but not the plant itself.
Important Cannabis Laws
SB 2531 (2014) – changes the definition of marijuana to create a legal exception for the possession and use of low-THC, CBD-rich cannabis oil solely by patients with intractable seizures.
SB 280 (2015) – authorizes use of cannabidiol oil with less than 0.9 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol to treat intractable seizures or epilepsy in certain circumstances.
SB 2125 (2016) – excludes from the definition of marijuana, cannabis oil containing the substance cannabidiol, with less than 0.6 percent THC, including the necessary seeds and plants, when manufactured, processed, transferred, dispensed, or possessed by certain four-year institutions of higher education in this state as part of clinical research studies on the treatment of intractable seizures, cancer, or other diseases
HB 2144 (2016) – patients may possess CBD oils with no more than 0.9% THC if they have “a legal order or recommendation” and they or an immediate family member have been diagnosed with epilepsy by a Tennessee doctor.