Decriminalization bill gets first ever committee hearing in 2023 legislative session
During the 2023 legislative session, several cannabis reform measures were introduced, including bills to legalize medical cannabis and to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis. Although one decriminalization bill, HB 1287, received a committee hearing in the House for the first time, no cannabis bills advanced out of committee.
In April 2023, Democratic lawmakers forced a House vote on a measure to effectively legalize cannabis — but the amendment to remove all THC limits from legal hemp failed on the floor 58-33.
Indiana is now one of only 12 states with no effective medical cannabis law and one of only 19 that still imposes jail time for simple possession of cannabis. Under current law, possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000.
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Gov. Holcomb signs bill legalizing low-THC CBD oil
On March 21, 2018, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 52, legalizing low-THC CBD derived from industrial hemp. The law allows any person to buy, sell, and possess CBD oil, as long as it meets certain labeling requirements and contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
The law provides a much needed expansion to Indiana’s 2017 low-THC law for patients with seizure disorders, which only allowed CBD oil for epileptic patients while providing no way for them to purchase it. Still, the law provides no clarification on the legality of manufacturing CBD in Indiana.
While cannabis policy reform is sweeping the Midwest, Indiana remains one of only 14 states with no effective medical cannabis law and one of only 19 that still imposes jail time for simple possession of cannabis. However, as more and more states move forward, it’s only a matter of time before Indiana improves its laws. The legislature has convened for its 2022 legislative session, and several cannabis policy reform bills have been introduced, including bills to legalize medical cannabis and decriminalize…