Tennessee’s status:

Tennessee's Dept. of Agriculture as well as institutions of higher education may proceed to develop programs to conduct research on hemp as an agricultural product by way of section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, i.e. the Farm Bill.

However, commercial hemp farming is still illegal by Federal law due to industrial hemp's categorization as a schedule 1 substance of the Controlled Substance Act. We need continued support on PRO industrial hemp legislation.

The TN Hemp Rules & Regulations Committee met in June and submitted comments to the proposed draft policies on July 3, 2014. Rules were approved by the state legislature in April of 2015.

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“The 108th General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 regarding the growing of industrial hemp in Tennessee. The Act removes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the criminal code. The cultivation of industrial hemp is not immediately authorized by this new law. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is authorized to promulgate regulations establishing a program of licensing and registration of authorized hemp producers. The regulations are to be developed within 120 days of Act becoming law.” – TDA Website

TNHIA expresses gratitude to all that supported Tennessee’s hemp legislation and especially to the sponsors of H.B. 2445 (Primary: Rep. Faison, Co-Prime Sponsors: Rep. Casada, Rep. Miller, Rep. Holt, Rep. Hardaway, Rep. Sexton, Rep. Bailey, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Tidwell, Rep. Powell & Rep. Parkinson) & S.B. 2459 (Primary: Sen. Niceley, Co-Prime Sponsors: Sen. Bowling & Sen. Green). Thank you for your support!


At this time the importation of viable industrial hemp seed across state lines and country boundaries is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) without a permit from DEA.

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Tennessee Hemp Legislation
  • Hemp Legislation Introduced

    February 5, 2014 by Rep. Jeremy Faison & Sen. Frank Niceley

  • HB 2445 Passes House of Representatives

    March 31, 2014 | 88 - Ayes, 5 - Nays

  • SB 2459 Passes Senate

    April 9, 2014 | Unanimous Support | 29 - Ayes, 0 - Nays

  • Governor Haslam Signs SB 2459

    May 13, 2014 |

  • Hemp law - Public Chapter 916

    Became Tennessee State Law on May 21, 2014.

  • Hemp Law - Public Chapter 369

    Became Tennessee State Law on May 22, 2017.

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    Paige Thompson
    Vice President of Administration

    “True passion for the hemp industry runs through my veins. The TNHIA has been a great organization for me to connect with researchers, entrepreneurs and farmers. Driving the hemp industry forward with integrity while making lifelong connections is where I find the most value. For three years I have been building a foundational knowledge that I love to share with others. Whether you are a researcher, entrepreneur or farmer, I am always here to help!”

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    Adam Fink

    “I am working to further progress for the state by engaging people at the local level but also by actively working to learn about the international market, exploring existing hemp industries globally.”

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    Joe Kirkpatrick

    “Hemp cultivation and processing are industries that have seen a revival because of the people’s passion for this plant’s miraculous healing and nutritional components, not to mention the 1000s of transformational industrial uses. The American people also wish to transform our agricultural economy to a clean, green, and sustainable, business model that does not require burdensome taxes and regulation. Everything starts with legislation, education, and funding. My mission with the TNHIA is to maximize all three of these things for the common good. Now is the time to convert all of this work and investment into profit. We get what we want by helping others get what they want, and industrial hemp has the potential to be the ultimate value proposition for consumers and capitalists alike. The word is out. There’s no stopping us now.”

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    Clint Palmer
    Cultivation Consultant

    “My purpose is to offer support and resources to farmers pursuing industrial hemp.  I offer industrial hemp education, practical methods & sustainable applications. I participated as a cultivator during the inaugural planting season in the state. We faced many challenges, and I am committed to seeing this crop thrive.”


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