In Tennessee, the state government has differentiated between hemp and marijuana based on the concentration of THC, the psychoactive compound found in Cannabis sativa. Hemp, defined as Cannabis sativa with a THC content of less than 0.3%, is legal to cultivate within the state. Conversely, marijuana, which is Cannabis sativa with a THC content greater than 0.3%, remains illegal under state law.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture oversees the regulations and guidelines for hemp production, offering resources for producers looking to navigate the hemp industry. For those interested in understanding the specifics of hemp cultivation, the department has detailed rules updated as of November 2021.
Despite the legalization of hemp, law enforcement in Tennessee faces challenges due to the inconsistencies in hemp and marijuana laws across different states and the resulting enforcement responsibilities. The Tennessee Drug Investigation Division manages enforcement with support from entities like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Regarding food safety, hemp is also subject to regulations by the state to ensure that products are safe for consumption. This encompasses the processing and incorporation of hemp into food items.
Medical marijuana, although a Schedule I drug and illegal under federal law, has been considered for its medical potential. Nevertheless, it remains illegal in Tennessee, with the state’s stance backed by precedents such as Gonzales v. Raich, which maintains the federal prohibition.
For further inquiries, individuals and businesses can reach out to the hemp program at [email protected] or contact Denise M. Woods, the Hemp Program Coordinator.
Hemp & Marijuana – Tennessee State Government
Hemp and Food Safety – TN.gov
Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission Recommendations
Resources for Producers – TN.gov
STATE OF TENNESSEE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL – TN.gov
Hemp Industry – Tennessee State Government
Hemp Rules 11.2021 – Tennessee State Government
Drug Investigation Division – TN.gov