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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Tennessee

We’ll be the first to offer online cannabis evaluations once Tennessee allows them.

It isn’t possible to get medical marijuana in Tennessee yet. Tennessee legislators managed to pass a medical cannabis bill through one Senate committee in February 2021, but the bill died in the state Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2021. Instead, legislators passed SB 118, which created a commission to study medical cannabis and increased the allowed level of THC in CBD oil to 0.9%.

An overwhelming percentage of Tennessee residents, 81%, approve of medical marijuana legalization. Despite voter sentiments, Tennessee still punishes simple cannabis possession with jail time. Possession of less than half an ounce can be punished with up to a year in jail.

Why get a medical cannabis card in Tennessee?
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When TN legalizes medical cannabis, having a med card will be the only way to legally purchase and possess cannabis.
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Many states grant legal protections to medical cannabis patients in the workplace, when renting, and in parental rights matters.
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Having a medical card in TN will be the only way to get the support of a qualified medical practitioner in treating your condition with cannabis.
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Qualifying conditions in Tennessee

Medical cannabis is not legal in Tennessee. The state does have a program that allows patients with certain conditions to possess high-CBD cannabis oil with a concentration of THC lower than 0.9%. However, the program does not allow the production of the oil in the state, making it nearly inaccessible for patients. The qualifying conditions for the low-THC program are:

  • Intractable seizures
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Recalcitrant nausea and vomiting
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Epilepsy or seizure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Sickle cell disease

How to be a medical cannabis caregiver in Tennessee

Medical cannabis hasn’t arrived in Tennessee yet. When lawmakers do legalize medical cannabis, it’s expected that patients will be able to appoint a caregiver to help them purchase and use their medical cannabis. In most states, minor patients are required to have a parent or legal guardian serve as their caregiver.

How to register for a med card in Tennessee

Medical cannabis is not legal in Tennessee. We're keeping a close eye on the legalization efforts in TN, and we'll provide steps for how to register as soon as the state establishes a medical marijuana program.

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How to renew your med card in Tennessee

Medical cannabis is not legal in Tennessee. We're keeping a close eye on the legalization efforts in TN, and we'll provide details and step-by-step instructions for how to renew your card as soon as the state establishes its medical marijuana program.

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We are a team of cannabis and technology professionals focused on connecting you with state-licensed doctors. We believe all people deserve access to medical cannabis if they think it might improve their quality of life. Since our founding in 2015, we’ve held ourselves and our partners to the highest standards to ensure every patient we serve is able to access reliable cannabis information, trustworthy medical practitioners, and proactive updates on the cannabis healthcare ecosystem and legislation that may affect their experience as a medical cannabis patient.


Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur or thinking of becoming a first-time medical marijuana patient, our network of doctors will listen to your needs and give you an honest opinion about whether they think cannabis can help. Billed only if approved.

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Frequently asked. Frequently answered.

  • Tennessee hasn’t legalized medical cannabis yet. When it does, it is expected to carry similar age, residency, and qualifying condition requirements as other states.

  • Tennessee hasn’t legalized medical cannabis yet. When a program is established, it will include the state's list of qualifying conditions.

  • In most states, the medical cannabis program is overseen by either the state’s department of health or a cannabis control board. These agencies usually maintain the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions as well. If your condition isn’t listed, you may be able to petition the agency to have it added. It also may be worth reaching out to your local representatives in the state legislature for help.

  • Once medical cannabis is finally legalized in Tennessee, having a medical card will likely be the only way to legally purchase and possess cannabis in the state.

  • Medical cannabis is not legal in Tennessee. When NuggMD is available in TN, we will offer some of the most accessible prices in the state.

  • Medical cannabis remains illegal on the federal level, even for medical purposes. Because medical cannabis remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, nearly all insurance companies refuse to cover the cost of medical cannabis.

  • Tennessee doesn't currently have a medical marijuana program, and patients are unable to get a med card either in person or online using services like NuggMD.

  • With NuggMD, you are ONLY charged for your evaluation if you are approved. We believe everyone deserves access to a qualified medical cannabis doctor, and the cost of an evaluation shouldn’t be a barrier.

  • You'll only be charged if you're approved for your medical marijuana certification. If not, your evaluation is free! If you sign up and pay for your evaluation, but then cancel before your evaluation, there is a small $10 fee for the payment processing. Once you've been certified, a refund for services will no longer be available. Please send an email to with the subject line “Refund Request” and a brief description of your issue. We want to make sure you're 100% satisfied with your purchase being that you, the customer, are the most important thing to us! Once a refund has been initiated, please allow 3-5 business days for the funds to transfer back to the card you used for the transaction. A refund is no longer available more than 30 days after the date of your evaluation. If any issues arise, please feel free to reach back out for further assistance.

  • Tennessee doesn't currently have a medical marijuana program.

  • Once medical cannabis is legalized in Tennessee, your ability to use your med card in other states will depend on the state to which you’re traveling. Each state has different rules regarding reciprocity, and some don’t allow it at all. Check with your destination state to learn more.

  • Tennessee will establish rules for med card registration once medical marijuana is legalized in the state. Many states allow patients to register with a passport, military ID, or a tribal ID. In some cases, other documentation, like utility bills, a lease, bank statements, or other government documents are also sufficient for a patient to register.

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