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Is Marijuana Possession Still a Crime in Tennessee?

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The legalization of marijuana is a hotly debated topic around the United States. Even in the State of Tennessee, as noted in a recent article found here by The Tennessean, multiple legislative bills have been introduced to wither decriminalize marijuana possession in certain circumstances or to lessen the punishment one receives if convicted of such a crime. While the probability of the bills passing is low, it appears this will be an ongoing legal debate for years to come in Tennessee. As noted here, many states have legalized simple marijuana possession, but make no mistake that in 2021 it is still a crime in Tennessee.

Penalties For Possession

Possession of marijuana in Tennessee carries the following penalties:

  • Simple possession, first offense, of up to one-half ounce is an A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail and a fine between $250-$2,500. A second offense can carry an increased fine. Having the right criminal defense attorney can usually assist one in avoiding jail time or even a conviction for simple possession charges.
  • One-half ounce up to 10 pounds is a Class E felony punishable by 1-6 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • 10-70 pounds of marijuana is considered a Class D felony carries 2-12 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000.
  • 70-300 pounds is a Class C felony carrying a sentencing range between 8-30 years.
  • More than 300 pounds allows for a sentencing range of 15-60 years.

The above guidelines are for possession of marijuana, not for cultivation of plants, sale, or possession with intent to distribute or hashish possession. The penalties for such can vary, but a general outline can be found here.

Weed In Tennessee

Being charged with a crime that is legal in other states can be difficult to understand. While the Tennessee legislature “weeds” its way through the legalization process, one should still adhere to the applicable laws. Having a marijuana conviction on your record can affect one’s family life and employment status. If you have been charged with possession of marijuana in Memphis contact a criminal defense attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm for a free, confidential case evaluation.

Mid-South Criminal Defense Attorneys

The Chiozza Law Firm has many years of criminal defense experience in the Mid-South area, handling all types of felony and misdemeanor charges. We routinely handle cases involving Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Theft of Property, Driving While License Suspended, Passing Bad Checks, drug-related offenses (including possession charges), Assault, and many other crimes. If we are successful in obtaining a dismissal, we also handle the expungement process that will clear all charges from your public record.

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Hiring a Memphis criminal defense attorney does not have to a daunting task. Simply call (901) 526-9494 to speak with a member of our criminal defense team. You may also email criminal defense attorney Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, or fill out an online form here.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 11:20 AM
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