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The penalties for marijuana related acts in Tennessee

Some residents in Tennessee may have engaged in the use of marijuana at least once in his or her life. While marijuana may seem harmless - with the states such as Colorado even legalizing recreational use - in the state of Tennessee it is still an illegal drug. A person who is convicted of drug charges may face harsh penalties that amount to prison time, fines and a ruined personal and professional reputation. This is a brief overview of marijuana laws in Tennessee.

Marijuana is considered a Schedule VI drug. Possession of less than 5 ounces of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor. A person convicted of the misdemeanor faces drug education school and a $250 fine. If there is an exchange between an adult and a minor then the convicted could result in a felony charge. The accused could also face a felony if they have two or more prior convictions involving marijuana.

Growing up to a half of an ounce can lead to one year in jail and a $2500 fine. More than half of an ounce but less than 10 pounds could carry a fine of $5,000 and 1 to 6 years in prison. The fines and jail time increase with amount grown up to manufacturing more than 300 pounds of marijuana. Those convicted could face a $500,000 fine and 15 to 60 years in prison.

A person who is facing a marijuana drug charge may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in criminal defense. The penalties for marijuana possession or manufacturing can be severe, making it important for a defendant to make a criminal legal defense.

Source:, "Tennessee marijuana laws", accessed on June 13, 2015

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