Tennessee has a few different hemp and cannabis bills being discussed in 2022 and the TN hemp & canna communities need your help! Contact your representatives to let them know you support the bills that will be most impactful for hemp’s future in Tennessee.
Representative Chris Hurt and Senator Frank S. Niceley have sponsored amendments to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17 and Title 43, Chapter 27, relative to hemp. These amendments seek to classify “hemp concentrate” as any concentrate containing up to 5% Delta-9 THC that is solely for reconstitution into consumer products containing the federally-legal 0.3% limit, and to allow for the transportation of hemp concentrate with no more than 5% Delta-9 THC from the point of manufacture to the point where it is to be reconstituted into consumer products with a content not exceeding 0.3% Delta-9 THC.
Representative Hurt and Senator Niceley again are bringing forward sponsorship to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 15; Title 43, Chapter 27 and Title 67, relative to products containing cannabinoids. The main purpose of these amendments are to make all hemp products containing psychoactive cannabinoids and smoking paraphernalia purchasable to adults 21 years of age or older. Along with that, licensing for retailers and wholesalers will be updated and the tax percentage of wholesale sales will be updated to 6.6%.
Continued addition and amendments from Representative Hurt and Senator Niceley in relation to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 15; Title 43, Chapter 27 and Title 67, relative to products and materials containing cannabinoids. These are effectively the same as SB1767/HB1690, minus the inclusion of 43-27-205.
Representative Bob Freeman and Senator Heidi Campbell are aiming to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4; Title 29; Title 33; Title 38; Title 39; Title 40; Title 41; Title 43; Title 45; Title 50; Title 53; Title 63; Title 67; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to the “Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act.” This new legislation would be known as the Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act or FACT Act. This act will add Tennessee to the list of states with fully legal cannabis. This bill outlines restrictions on age for purchase, product containment requirements, further regulations on manufacture and distribution, and authorized conduct for personal use. An individual would be able to transport up to 60 grams of cannabis, as long as no more than 15 grams of that amount is concentrate, and would be able to privately grow up to 12 cannabis plants.
It is critical now more than ever to pay attention to local and state elections, decisions, and legislation. This is the future of a clean, free, and organized hemp industry that can flourish in Tennessee with the help of these bills. Contact your state senators and representatives (through these links provided below) to let them know you support common sense cannabis legalization and a less restricted but more organized hemp industry!