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The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Indiana
Medical marijuana and recreational weed are back in the news in the U.S. and Indiana. Michigan voters this month approved the recreational use of marijuana in their state for adults 21 and older, beginning in early December. In California, the first state that legalized weed for medical use back in 1996, a new law makes it easier to have past marijuana convictions tossed out, or sentences reduced.
However, 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.
Possession of up to 30 grams, including for personal use, is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. If a person is caught possessing more than 30 grams, or has a prior marijuana conviction (regardless of the amount), then the offense is a class D felony, punishable by up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. Penalties for the manufacture and distribution of marijuana in Indiana (i.e. drug trafficking) are even higher.
Is medical marijuana legal in Indiana?
Not yet. There have been past legislative efforts to allow medical marijuana in Indiana, but all of those initiatives have failed.
More than 100 medical marijuana advocates, joined by veterans, patients and a handful of Indiana lawmakers, attended a town hall hosted by Indiana NORML at the Indiana State Library in August to praise the benefits of medical cannabis. Some people at the rally spoke to how the substance had helped them overcome pain from chronic diseases and surgeries. Others said medical marijuana is a healthier alternative than opioids.