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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in TN

Step1: Book an appointment

When we're booking appointments in Tennessee, you will schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in TN through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.

Step 2: Consult with an mmj Doctor

Consult with a doctor for 15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

Step 3: Get approved

Once you are approved, you'll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In Tennessee, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

Until the program is live, you can join the Veriheal tribe above to gain access to our large network of offerings that are presently available to you.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in TN

Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is illegal to use or possess the drug cannabis in Tennessee, United States, with possession of even small amounts being a criminal misdemeanor, but there are limited legal allowances for non-psychoactive CBD oil as medical cannabis, and the authorities have not been able to enforce the law.

Tennessee’s medical cannabis law, SB 2531, was signed in May 2014, creating an extremely narrow legal exception that does not protect the vast majority of residents. The law has been amended in 2015 and 2016 to fix problems that made the law unworkable. However, even with the amendments, there is still limited access for patients.

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. Legal protections for medical cannabis patients in Tennessee are extremely limited. Only patients diagnosed with an uncontrolled seizure disorder who are enrolled in an approved clinical research study may acquire and possess cannabis oil that contains no more than 0.9% THC. The law does not provide clear guidance on how cannabis oil will be produced or distributed, but requires that cannabis oil be produced or distributed by a four-year school of higher education in the state.

Qualifying Patients

  • 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% tetrahydrocannibinol (THC)

Application Process

The law does set forth a formal application process for patients to enroll; however, patients will have to enroll in a clinical research study run by a hospital or clinic affiliated with a school of medicine in Tennessee in order to be legally protected. Consult with medical schools in the state to find out if any clinical research studies are currently available.

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Tennessee

Caregiver: The law does not provide for legal protections to caregivers.

Producer/Provider: The law does not clearly address the issue of distribution other than that the cannabis oil must be produced or distributed by a four-year public institution of higher education located in Putnam County.

Possession and Cultivation Limits

For medical purposes, the amount of CBD oil a qualified patient can have is determined by an authorized neurologist.

Any other form, shape or amount of marijuana is illegal and penalized by the law.

Possession:

  • ½ ounces or less (first offence): classified as a misdemeanor, penalized with a $250 fine and 1 year of jail time.
  • ½ ounces or less (subsequent offences): classified as a misdemeanor, penalized with a $500 fine and 1 year of jail time.

Fines for possession are mandatory.

Cultivation:

  • 10 plants or less: classified as a felony, penalized with a $5,000 fine and 1 – 6 years of jail time.
  • 10 – 19 plants: classified as a felony, penalized with a $50,000 fine and 2 – 12 years of jail time.
  • 20 – 99 plants: classified as a felony, penalized with a $100,000 fine and 3 – 15 years of jail time.
  • 100 – 499 plants: classified as a felony, penalized with a $200,000 fine and 8 – 30 years of jail time.
  • More than 500 plants: classified as a felony, penalized with a $500,000 fine and 15 – 60 years of jail time.

Subsequent offenses will carry higher penalties.

Recommending Cannabis in Tennessee

In order to recommend cannabis in Tennessee, physicians must be affiliated with clinical research on treatment for intractable seizures that is being conducted through a University school of medicine. Recommending clinicians must supply a report to the Commissioner of Health and Tennessee’s General Assembly by January 2018 on the results of all cannabis research, including the number of patients involved, the parameters of the study and the outcomes of each participant. Below is a basic overview of state requirements and links to other educational resources.

Recommending Clinicians

  • Must be practicing at a hospital or associated clinic
  • Must be affiliated with an approved University’s school of medicine
  • Must be conducting clinical research on treatment for intractable seizures
  • Must report findings of patient study to the Tennessee Legislature by January 2018

Places to Visit in Tennessee

Tennessee welcomes visitors with a variety of activities for all tastes. The cities offer a selection of museums, cultural attractions and events. Outdoors, Tennessee offers great activities for active visitors, including hiking, paddling, cycling, and horseback riding, all against a backdrop of mountain plateaus, waterfalls and rivers. Check out the best places to visit in Tennessee.

Nashville

Nashville is famous as the birthplace of Country Music and showcases an excellent variety of musical and arty cultural attractions. Music lovers can visit the Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the TPAC, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, to hear some of the best music in the state.

Visual arts are equally well represented at several wonderful art centers and there are no less than four art crawls that you can join for a feast of art. History buffs can visit the Andrew Jackson Hermitage and several other historic sites and homes. Families can explore dozens of attractions, including the Adventure Science Center and the Nashville Zoo, and for foodies the Music City Food and Wine Festival in September is a must.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga is chock-full of exciting and unusual attractions for the whole family, including the enormous Lookout Mountain Cave and the extraordinary Ruby Falls, America’s largest underground waterfall. You can ride to the top of Lookout Mountain on the Incline Railway and try a zip-line adventure while you are there.

The 90-minute Chattanooga Sidewalk Tour is great for getting your bearings and learning some history, while a visit to the Hunter Museum of American Art in the Bluff View Art District will delight all art lovers. Families can take the children to Creative Discovery, the Railroad Museum, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Chattanooga Zoo for hours of fun and entertainment. At the Tennessee Riverpark you can view the Walnut St. Bridge and go walking, boating, and hiking.

Johnson City

Johnson City nestles in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and offers many and varied activities for outdoor enthusiasts as well as interesting historic and cultural attractions. You can take a stroll through bustling Downtown Johnson City to admire the unique shops and galleries and soak up the small-town atmosphere.

In neighboring Jonesborough, history buffs can walk in the footsteps of pioneers like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. You can go hiking, biking, or running along the 10-mile Tweetsie Trail or in Buffalo Mountain Park and Sycamore Shoals State Park, or try kayaking and rafting on the Nolichucky River. Great rainy day activities include visiting the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum or going on a tour of some local craft breweries.

Data last updated 05/14/2019