Tennessee Marijuana Arrests Vastly Outpace Other Drug Arrests

Though marijuana is still illegal in the state — both for medical and recreational use — people in Tennessee are using it: More than 400,000 Tennesseans smoke marijuana over the course of a month, and more than 700,000 use it over the course of the year. Almost half of all Tennesseans support its use as a medicine, and more than a third support recreational use. Though Tennessee ranks third in the nation for opioid abuse, almost half of drug arrests in 2016 came from busting pot users, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Take a look at the numbers below.

Tennessee Marijuana Arrests Vastly Outpace Other Drug Arrests

More Marijuana Facts

  • 44 percent of Tennesseans support the legalization of marijuana for medical use only, according to a 2017 Vanderbilt University Poll
  • 34 percent are in favor of making marijuana legal for both recreational and medical purposes in Tennessee, according to a 2017 Vanderbilt University Poll
  • Possessing any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Tennessee, punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and a year in jail
  • Growing up to 10 marijuana plants in Tennessee is a felony, punishable by one to six years in prison and a $5,000 fine — any additional plant a person grows after 10 increases the penalty
  • 433,000 people in Tennessee age 12 and up say they had smoked marijuana in the past month, according to and 2015-2016 study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • 709,000 people in Tennessee age 12 and up said they had smoked marijuana in the past year, according to a 2015-2016 study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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