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Is possession of half an ounce of pot always a felony?

In Tennessee, possession of one-half ounce to 10 pounds of marijuana is a Class E felony. If you are found guilty of this crime, you could be sentenced to 1-6 years in prison. But there is an interesting aspect to the law that defines this crime (Tennessee Code 39-17-417).

Can you be arrested for having drugs around a school?

While you may know which drugs are legal and which are illegal to possess, you may not have realized that you can also be arrested just for having drugs in the wrong location. The attempts to keep students free from the influence of certain drugs has resulted in a ban against anyone even bringing them near a school or places where children are likely to spend time. If you have been charged with possessing drugs near one of these locations in Tennessee, we at the Law Office of Rob McKinney can help you fight for your rights.

Can all collected evidence be used against you?

Tennessee residents who are facing drug charges may have many questions on their mind, such as what penalties you could face if convicted or whether or not every piece of evidence obtained could be used against you in court. Rob McKinney, DUI defense attorney, works hard to set you at ease by providing clear-cut answers to these questions.

Avoiding Arrest at Bonnaroo

Today marks the start of this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Taking place from June 8 through June 11, the festival attracts music lovers from Tennessee, across the nation, and around the world. Inevitably, a small number of attendees get arrested, mainly for drug and alcohol crimes. Many of those people could avoid arrest by taking some simple precautions.

Is A Prescription for Marijuana Legal In Tennessee?

Prescriptions for medical marijuana are available in 29 states plus the District of Columbia. A medical prescription for marijuana is not allowed under Tennessee law. I posted about the legality of possessing marijuana purchased in a state that legalized the sale of marijuana earlier this week. It made me wonder if a valid prescription for marijuana for medical reasons in another state would make possessing marijuana legal in Tennessee.

Punishment of Simple Possession of Marijuana in Tennessee

Punisment of simple possession of marijuana in Tennessee can be confusing. While the legalization of marijuana is rapidly expanding, it is illegal under Tennessee's criminal laws to possess marijuana. It is a criminal offense to possess less than one-half ounce of marijuana. It is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor of simple possession of marijuana carries the following penalities:

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