Unfortunately, the state of Indiana has been slow to enact cannabis law reform despite support from its constituents. Recreational marijuana possession in any amount is still a serious crime in the state, and efforts to legalize medical marijuana in the state have gained little traction within the legislature. State lawmakers did pass a low-THC medical cannabis law in 2017, but the program will only benefit a tiny fraction of patients. Learn more about Indiana marijuana laws below.
In May 2017, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law HB 1148, a bill that establishes a low-THC program for patients with severe seizure disorders. The law allows patients with a neurologist’s certification to access cannabis oils containing less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
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Sale of less than 30 grams of recreational marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by 1 year in prison and $5,000 in fine. Sale of higher quantities is a felony with up to 6 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
In Indiana, even being in the presence where knowledge of drug activity occurs is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months incarceration and a $1,000 fine.
Despite that an October 2016 poll found 73 percent of Indiana voters support the legalization of medical marijuana, the state of Indiana has yet to pass comprehensive medical marijuana legislation of any sort. Sen. Karen Tallian introduced a comprehensive medical marijuana bill in 2016, but the Indiana General Assembly concluded in the 2016 session without making progress.
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal under Federal Law in the United States; however, individual state laws are dynamic and fluid. Individual states may enact their own laws governing hemp-derived CBD.
Is marijuana legal in Indiana? No.
Updated August 2019
Unfortunately, the state of Indiana has been slow to enact cannabis law reform despite support from its constituents.
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Holcomb distanced the bill he signed from broader legalization efforts, saying that “this does not put us on a slippery slope to legalizing marijuana, quite the contrary.”
In April, Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb did sign House Bill 1148, making cannabidiol, which comes from the marijuana plant, legal for patients with “treatment resistant epilepsy.” The legislation creates a registry for those able to use the substance.
“House Bill 1148.” Iga.in.gov. Accessed 18 Jul 2017.
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