Under current law, someone caught possessing up to a half ounce of cannabis for the third time can be charged with a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. House Bill 1478 changes the law so that third and subsequent cannabis possession offenses will be reduced to a misdemeanor, punishable by no more than one year in jail (the same penalty for someone’s first or second offense)
Tennessee’s House Finance, Ways & Means Committee has passed House Bill 0873, a proposal to end the possibility of jail for the possession and exchange of up to an ounce of cannabis.
Under current Tennessee law, someone caught possessing or sharing up to half an ounce of cannabis can be hit with a misdemeanor charge, and placed in jail for up to a year (the maximum penalty increases to 6 years for a person’s third offense). Someone in possession of over half an ounce is guilty of a felony, and can spend up to 6 years in prison.