(Last update: January 16, 2020)
Medical Marijuana: No (Extremely Limited in Scope)
Recreational Marijuana: No
In-Home Cultivation: No
Decriminalization bill filed for 2020 session
Marijuana policy reform is sweeping the Midwest! Both Indiana’s neighbor to the north, Michigan, and its neighbor to the west, Illinois, have begun adult-use cannabis sales. And, Ohio, its eastern neighbor, has a comprehensive medical marijuana program.
The General Assembly is back in session, and it has a chance to make some modest but important progress. Sen. Karen Tallian’s (D) bill to decriminalize possession of up an ounce of marijuana, SB 114, has been referred to the Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law.
Under currently law, possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000. These laws are not being equally enforced; African-Americans are 3.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as whites.
In past years, other attempts to reform Indiana’s marijuana laws have died in committee.
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.