You didn't think much about smoking marijuana in Tennessee, particularly because it's so common in other nearby states. Unfortunately, the law is not on your side.
With states changing their marijuana laws at different times, it can be hard to keep track of where it's legal and where it's not. In Tennessee, it's simple to know the rules, because no one is allowed to have marijuana except for those using it for medical research in university-based cannabis studies.
Selling marijuana is still illegal in Tennessee, even as some states have relaxed their laws to allow for medical marijuana. Having even a small amount of marijuana in your possession can lead to a jail sentence or fines. Is that fair? In the state, yes, so keep that in mind if you plan to travel to the state and are coming from a state where the drug is legal.
In the state, possessing or exchanging less than .05 ounces of marijuana is enough to land you in drug offender school and to receive a fine of $250. It's a Class A misdemeanor. You can even get a felony for possessing marijuana if you've been convicted two or more times in the past. Selling marijuana to anyone is a felony, as is giving marijuana to anyone who is a minor.
Our website has more information on what to do if you're accused of a drug crime. It's important to take steps to protect your rights anytime you face accusations or an arrest. With the right support, you can protect your reputation and work toward a positive resolution of your case.