Explaining Tennessee's Marijuana Possession Laws

In Tennessee, marijuana is considered a Schedule VI controlled substance ― meaning you can face significant penalties if you are ever arrested for the possession, sale or cultivation of the drug. In fact, even possessing a small amount of marijuana is a criminal offense.

At Shults Law Office, we are dedicated to helping those accused of marijuana-related criminal offenses in Tennessee, including those charged with simple possession. Let criminal defense lawyer Michael C. Shults explain your legal rights and options.

Simple Possession Isn't Always So Simple

The possession and/or casual exchange of marijuana are both considered class A misdemeanors in Tennessee, as is the distribution of small amounts of the drug ― amounts not exceeding one-half ounce. However, the penalties for marijuana-related offenses can increase greatly if the offender has prior convictions or the amount of the drug increases.

For instance, even simple possession is punishable as a class E felony if the alleged offender has two prior convictions. Similarly, if the offender is found with more than one-half ounce in his or her possession, but not more than 10 pounds, he or she may face a charge of possession with the intent to manufacture, deliver or sell the drug, also a class E felony.

However, it is important to keep in mind that these offenses are merely a small sampling of marijuana-related charges you may encounter in Tennessee. Indeed, as with any alleged criminal offense, you may face several other charges and penalties depending on your circumstances.

Legal Guidance Is Available

If you need to speak to an experienced marijuana possession attorney, contact Shults Law Office today. From our office in Sevierville, we represent clients throughout the surrounding areas, including those in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. For a FREE initial consultation, reach out to us online or call us at 865-280-1084.