Cannabis in Indiana
Cannabis in Indiana is illegal for any purpose, although the possession and sale of cannabidiol (CBD) was legalized for any use in 2018. Possession of even small amounts of cannabis is a misdemeanor crime.
In 1913, Indiana banned the sale of marijuana without a prescription.
Failed attempts to raise or lower penalties (2013)
In February 2013, a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana was killed in committee. Following that, the Senate offered an amendment to the previously-approved House Bill 1006, which had included decreased penalties for cannabis possession, with an amendment to instead raise certain types of possession from misdemeanors to felonies. Governor Mike Pence stated: "I think we need to focus on reducing crime, not reducing penalties."
Marion County (2019)
First Church of Cannabis
Pending the 2015 passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Bill Levin created the First Church of Cannabis in Indiana. The church was founded in March, and received its recognition as a religious non-profit entity on March 26, the same day that the governor signed the RFRA. Prior to the RFRA's taking effect, an Indiana police chief warned the church that the RFRA would not protect the church's use of sacramental marijuana.
The church held its first service on July 1—the same day that the RFRA took effect—and promptly filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging that the state's marijuana laws infringe on the church's.
Failed attempts to legalize medical marijuana (2015)
In early 2015, bills were introduced both in the House and Senate to legalize medical cannabis for certain severe conditions with a doctor's recommendation, but the House Bill failed to advance, and the Senate bill did not receive a hearing.
CBD legalized for epilepsy (2017)
CBD legalized for any use (2018)
In March 2018, legislation was signed to allow the use and sale of CBD for any purpose (less than 0.3% THC), with additional requirement imposed for testing and labelling.
Laws affecting possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana were amended to reduce the penalties for simple possession, but enhance the penalties for delivery, and possession with the intent to deliver, in certain circumstances (amendments effective on July 1, 2014, under IC 35-48-4).
Sale or cultivation of more than 10 lbs or within 1,000 feet of a school, or any other specialized area, will result in a minimum of 2–8 years and a $10,000 fine.
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