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Is weed legal in Indiana?
No. Adult, or recreational, cannabis use is illegal in Indiana and the state has no provision for medical marijuana use either. Hemp-derived CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC is the only form of cannabis that’s permitted.
Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 5 grams of hash is a class A misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000. Possession of more or subsequent offenses is a class D felony, which can earn violators between six months and 2.5 years in prison as well as a fine up to $10,000.
In 1913, Indiana became one of the first states to ban the sale of marijuana without a prescription. After Harry Anslinger helped pass the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937, it wasn’t long before the historically conservative Indiana adopted some of the strictest cannabis laws in the United States.
Efforts to change legislation began in early 2013, though these efforts found little success. In February 2013, a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana was killed in committee.
In early 2015, bills were introduced both in the House ( HB 1487 ) and Senate ( SB 284 ) to legalize medical marijuana for certain qualifying conditions with a physician’s recommendation. The House Bill failed to advance, and the Senate bill died before receiving a hearing.
Four years later in April 2017, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed HB 1148 to allow the use of CBD oil containing less than 0.3% THC for patients with uncontrollable seizures whose symptoms were resistant to traditional treatments. While HB 1148 legalized hemp-derived CBD, it didn’t specify a way for patients to purchase it.
The vagueness in HB 1148 made way for a new law that broadened access to CBD and specified regulations surrounding its sale. In March 2018, Holcomb signed SB 52 to allow the use and sale of CBD for any purpose, so long as it contained less than 0.3% THC by weight. The law also imposed additional requirements for testing and labeling. SB 52 took effect July 1, 2018.
When will medical marijuana be legal in Indiana?
Typically, that is up to the state’s residents, governor, and legislators. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune in March of 2020, State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) said cannabis is “still illegal federally, and Gov. Holcomb has been very firm he’s not going to support any legislation until the federal government legalizes it.”
How can I get a medical marijuana card in Indiana?
Indiana does not have a medical marijuana program and does not issue medical marijuana cards.
What is the charge in Indiana for possession of marijuana?
Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 5 grams of hash is a class A misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.
What is a felony possession of marijuana in Indiana?
Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana or multiple offenses is a class D felony, which can earn violators between six months and 2.5 years in prison as well as a fine up to $10,000.
This post was updated October 22, 2020.
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Indiana Marijuana Laws
Created byВ FindLaw’s team of legal writers and editors | Last updated March 22, 2018
Between medical marijuana, legalization, and decriminalization, it seems like every state is changing its marijuana laws lately, and it can be hard to keep track of which laws apply where. Especially with different constitutional amendments and ballot measures popping up all over.
Up until the present, the Hoosier State has kept it simple вЂ“ outlawing pot completely with some of the most stringent marijuana penalties in the country. But that could change with some state lawmakers hinting at medical marijuana or legalization in the future. Until then, hereвЂ™s a brief summary of IndianaвЂ™s current marijuana laws.
Marijuana Laws in Indiana
Other states have expanded their drug laws to cover marijuana legalization and decriminalization, but marijuana remains illegal in Indiana even in medicinal cases. Possession of even small amounts of marijuana is a crime in the Indiana, albeit having less than 30 grams on you is a misdemeanor. Some jurisdictions may offer drug diversion programs for some first-time offenders with no criminal history, it’s still a criminal offense, risking jail sentences and heavy fines.
Indiana Marijuana Statutes
As noted above, drug laws can differ from state to state, especially state marijuana laws. Learn more about Indiana marijuana laws in the table below.
Under 30 g.: Class A misdemeanor; Over 30 g.: Class D felony; Subsequent offense: Class D felony
Class A misdemeanor; 10 lbs. or more or delivered on school property or bus or within 1000 feet of either: Class C felony; Class C felony: 10 lbs or more on a school bus; Sale of 30 g. to 10 lbs. and recipient a minor and person has prior conviction involving marijuana: Class D felony
Despite what a stateвЂ™s marijuana laws says, the possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal under federal law by way of the Controlled Substance Act. And where federal and state law clash, federal law will always trump. To date, federal law enforcement agencies have left prosecution of minor marijuana cases to the states, even in Colorado and Washington where recreational use is permitted. That doesnвЂ™t mean, however, that the federal government has given up on enforcing restrictions on possession, manufacturing and cultivation and trafficking and distribution of controlled substances, including marijuana.
You can also continue your own research in FindLawвЂ™s drug charges section. If you want help with a substance abuse problem, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction can provide drug treatment resources.
Learn More About Indiana Marijuana Laws from a Lawyer
State drug laws, especially in the marijuana context, can change frequently, and enforcement often varies depending on your specific circumstances. If you’d like to learn more about Indiana marijuana laws, or have been charged with a drug-related crime, you should contact a drug crime lawyer in Indiana to discuss your questions and concerns.
Chart providing details of Indiana Marijuana Laws