Cannabis Rules & Regulations: Tennessee

Cannabis Rules & Regulations: Tennessee

Tennessee Cannabis History

Tennessee is one of 14 remaining states that has yet to legalize medical marijuana use.  However, attitudes are changing quickly, and 2021’s SB854 seeks to legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients and establish a Medical Cannabis Commission to regulate production and sales. On March 2, the Senate Government Operations Committee approved SB 854 in a 6-2 vote. 

Tennessee Child-Resistant Packaging Rules

Like all states that authorize the use of CBD products, Tennessee mandates that the packaging is child-resistant and labeled in accordance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). Under the FDCA, the labels of any product sold in the United States, including child-resistant CBD and marijuana packaging, must contain four basic elements:
  • 1. An identity statement saying what the product is
  • 2. The net weight
  • 3. An ingredient list, with hemp, CBD, and THC clearly identified
  • 4. The name and address of the manufacturer/distributor.
Child-resistant packaging rules apply to the CBD products currently available as a way to safeguard children while making medicines accessible to the elderly, much like prescription medicines.  The Poison Prevention Packaging Act establishes the standards for child-safe packaging on many products, including those containing medical and recreational marijuana products.

Useful Links for Tennessee Cannabis Regulations

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Trade Association
News: Bill allowing cancer patients to use cannabis oil with THC advances in Tennessee House
Tennessee Hemp FAQ

Tennessee Cannabis Growers Application

Tennessee Industrial Hemp Grower Application

Editor's Note: Status as of 4/8/2021

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