Tennessee Hemp Laws & Information


With hemp becoming available for tennessee farmers to start growing, here is all the information you need to know about tennessee hemp.

If you are looking for information regarding the Tennessee hemp industry, laws, or general information, this page is the perfect place to be. We have compiled everything you need to know about the Tennessee Hemp industry.

Tennessee Hemp departments and ASSOCIATIONS.

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The Tennessee Department of AGRICULTURE

Website: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture.html

Email: industrial.hemp@tn.gov

Phone: 615-837-5137

Purpose: The Tennessee Department of Agriuclture coordinates the rules and regulations of hemp production through Tennessee's hemp program.

The Tennessee Hemp Industries Association

Website: www.tnhia.org

Email: tennesseehia@gmail.com

Purpose: The Tennessee Hemp Industries Association is a non-profit association with the goal to provide support to state hemp farmers and businesses.

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UT Extension

Email: ewalke22@utk.edu

Purpose: UT Extension helps Tennesseans to improve their quality of life and solve problems through the application of research and evidenced-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources.


As provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project.  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 now available as an option for Tennessee farmers on a limited basis. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has promulgated regulations establishing a program of licensing authorized hemp producers.

Sec. 7606. Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research contained in the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, which was signed into law Feb. 7, provides for the cultivation of industrial hemp for purposes of research by institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states where it is legal. The interaction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the provisions of Sec. 7606 is a developing process. As TDA develops Tennessee's industrial hemp program every effort will be made to minimize the impact of federal law on potential hemp producers in Tennessee.   In May of 2016 the law was amended to allow for a processor license.

How to apply for a Industrial Hemp Grower Licence & Movement Permit

Industrial Hemp Grower Licence

DOWNLOAD the Industrial Hemp Grower License form here.

Return applications to industrial.hemp@tn.gov or:

Industrial Hemp Program
TDA Consumer and Industry Services Division
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

The application period for a license to grow hemp is now open year-round. Grower applications can be found online at https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/hemp-industry/hemp/licensed-grower-information.html

Licenses will expire June 30 of each year, and all grower licenses issued in 2019 will expire June 2020.

Other program changes include:

· Hemp processors will no longer be required to register through TDA.

· The hemp program will no longer issue licenses for certified seed breeders. However, anyone manufacturing, distributing, or labeling seed should be licensed through TDA’s Ag Inputs section.

· Growers will still need movement permits when transporting rooted plants and are now required to be permitted when moving harvested hemp from their growing site.

Movement Permits

The movement of rooted hemp plants and the transport of harvested hemp from the growing area will require prior approval from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Licensees must submit a written request to the department at least three days in advance of the requested movement.

Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp Movement Permit

Return movement permit forms to industrial.hemp@tn.gov or:

Industrial Hemp Program
TDA Consumer and Industry Services Division
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

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