Status: In Tennessee, qualified patients may possess and use CBD extracts. The current law does not allow for a state-regulated dispensary system.
|CBD Program||Medical Program||Recreational Program||Are Applications Open?|
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Number of Tennessee Marijuana Business Licenses Licenses Available
Tennessee Marijuana Business License Guidelines
Tennessee is currently not accepting applications to license marijuana businesses. To get ahead of the game and prepare for your marijuana business in the event the state legalizes marijuana businesses, review the resources below.
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The History of Tennessee Marijuana Business Licenses Marijuana
Senate Bill 2531, a limited medical marijuana bill, was signed into law on May of 2014, that authorized the use of cannabidiol (also referred to as CBD), as part of a clinical research study on its effects on seizure conditions. The law limits the cannabis oil to less than 0.9% of THC, the most common active ingredient typically found in medical marijuana. SB 280 was signed into law in May 2015 to improve on the already existing limited medical marijuana law but still fails to provide patients safe access to cannabis oil.
On February 4, 2019, a bill to enact the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act (SB 486) was filed in the state legislature to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program. It specifies over 19 qualifying conditions that patients can register in the medical marijuana program for. Dispensaries, cultivation, and processing centers would become licensed through an application process to service the state’s program. The bill wasn’t heard before the end of the 2019 legislative session but was taken up again and placed on the calendar in March 2020. However, the bill was deferred on its hearing date.
On February 4, 2020, a medical marijuana related bill sponsored by Steven Dickerson was filed in the state legislature. The bill wouldn’t legalize a medical marijuana program right away if passed. The Senate version of the bill (SB 2334) was amended to legalize a medical marijuana program only if marijuana is federally re-classified as a Schedule II drug. The House version of the bill (HB 2454) requests the Department of Health and its division of health related boards to perform a study on the licensure and regulation of cannabis for medical use by departments of health and medical professional licensing boards in states contiguous to Tennessee and report findings to the General Assembly’s health committees by December 15, 2020. After the report is analyzed, the legislature would then create a medical marijuana legalization bill based on its findings.
In 2020, the Tennessee State Legislature was scheduled to convene on January 14 and adjourn on May 1. Several state legislatures suspended their sessions or otherwise limited legislative activity in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tennessee State Legislature suspended its session, effective March 19, 2020, until June 1, 2020. As of June 9, 2020, neither bill has been scheduled for another hearing.