Indiana Senate Announces Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Hemp Production

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Marijuana crop by Barbetorte

<National Report>Indianapolis, IN–Multiple states are rushing to get in on the trend of legalizing marijuana and Indiana is taking the next step in the process by not only allowing adults to buy, possess and consume up to 2 ounces of marijuana, but also opening the gates for farmers to grow and manufacture hemp and hemp related products.

For farmers within the state, a proposed annual fee of $150 in addition to $2 for every acre of hemp planted would be accessed.  Plants will be regularly inspected to ensure they contain less than .3 percent THC (keeping it below the concentration of the psychoactive ingredient which causes the “high” from smoking or ingesting marijuana).

Indiana has seen its better days.  As the Midwest has shifted away from traditional agrarian type lifestyle into the modern age of technology, states like Indiana have struggled to keep up.  The state has been hit hard by losses in manufacturing coupled with fluctuating commodities markets which have made America’s farmers some of the lowest paid of all industrial workers.

A bipartisan group of legislators in the predominately Republican state Senate have held several closed door sessions to discuss the benefits of legalization for the states struggling economy.  According to a high ranking state official, who chose to speak to National Report on the condition of anonymity:  “It’s a great idea.  As Republicans we have the upper hand in these discussions.  We are a party that thrives on individual freedoms, we believe strongly in state’s rights and are fierce defenders of capitalism.  Legalization provides a real opportunity for Republicans to shift public opinion and could lead to a permanent super majority at both the state and federal levels.”

JC Franco, Director of the group Reform Indiana, told local ABC Affiliate WISHTV:

“What we have seen within the GOP in Indiana is a real paradigm shift away from the Reefer Madness type portrayal of marijuana and marijuana users towards one of competition and economics.  It only makes sense for a state like Indiana to embrace such reforms.  The fed has been subsidizing Indiana farmers for decades, growing corn that is processed into high fructose corn syrup and fed to us at every turn.  This new legislation will allow a certain number of farmers to apply for permits to convert their corn farms into industrial hemp operations.  Indiana is the perfect place  for growing, processing and manufacturing hemp related products.  By taking this bold move, Indiana could see a large boom in jobs as outside groups rush to get in on the ground floor of the hemp industry.”


A recent poll conducted jointly by Reform Indiana and the state’s Department of Agriculture found a surprising number of Indiana farmers support the initiative. Paul Horner, an 89-year old local farmer, was pleased to hear the news. “I think it is a great idea. From what I hear, this hemp can be used to make all kinds of things from clothing to plastics and papers, and to be honest, we have more farmland in Indiana than we know what to do with,” said Horner.

Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced that the Department of Justice would allow states to enact new marijuana laws despite the fact the US government still considers help and marijuana to be a Schedule 1 controlled substance that is therefore illegal to cultivate on US soil.  Colorado has also passed legislation allowing for the cultivation of hemp on a large scale.

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325 Responses to "Indiana Senate Announces Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Hemp Production"

  1. josie martinez says:

    I am a 44 year old hard working mother of 5. I have grown children and I have small toddlers. I am a responsible person with many debilitating health issues. I would like to see Indiana legalize marijuana. I feel this would allow me to use this for my pain issues. I see a pain mgmt doctor monthly and I receive pain medicine which I take on a regular basis. I still struggle to sleep due to pain. The medicine I take just isnt enough. I feel that it may help me to sleep better at night and may relieve some of my pain. While I feel it is not something I would be able to use throughout my day due to work, I feel it would be of some benefit to me at night. I have access to it if I want it but do not want to use an illegal drug. I just wanted to add my comment to support the legalization of marijuana in the state of Indiana.

  2. Kathy says:

    I am a 56 year old woman who has become disabled due to several back injuries. I feel as Josie does. I went through breast cancer treatment in 2013. I couldn’t eat. But being a type 2 diabetic I had to force myself to eat if I could have been able to take the CBD oil I believe I could have made it through chemo alot easier. As I used to go to my chemo therapy I found I was very lucky. I saw many older people that had been doing therapy for years instead of months like me. So sick If medical marijuana was legalized I think that would help so many people with daily lives. With cancer, arthritis, night pain like restless leg syndrome that is horrible to be so tired than as you start falling asleep have your legs hurt so bad then jerk. I know a man who takes sleeping pills and pain meds just to able to sleep and he is in wheelchair paralyzed from waist down. But still he has nerve pain that he feel clear to his toes. But back to me I would love to be able to go through the day without back pain to clean my house. Right now my work day around house lasts for approx. 1 hour then I can’t stand any longer. Please legalize marijuana look at crime rate in Colorado. Down 50% doesn’t sound nice. And the jobs that Indiana could offer in production of hemp products. Thank you. Hope this helps.

    • chris says:

      Gee, sounds like we were hit with the same sock! (only my disability is Rheumatoid Arthritis). I too just finished 9 mo. of chemo/radiation last year. Few people can imagine some of the issues we deal with on a daily and nightly basis. In addition to the chronic (daily) pain and all that goes with it, I also have the sleep problem you described. I would love at least THE OPPORTUNITY to try this for myself and see if it helps. I also believe this our right as free Americans. The “powers that be” need to understand not everyone is out to just get high or take advantage of the claims on marijuana’s effect on so many often debilitating conditions. We should also be trusted until otherwise proven unworthy, to use it in a responsible way. How ’bout alcohol??? I don’t want to get on my soapbox on this one. I have read about many states’ rules with regard to medical cannabis, and how they pretty much all seem to have a provision that allows for a medical marijuana patient to be able to grow up to a certain number of plants for themselves. I can’t begin to imagine the freedom of growing my own medicine. Not having to drive for over 1 hr. to go to a pain management clinic to obtain an RX for pain meds because you can hardly find a Dr. in my town who will prescribe a controlled substance!! Believe me—it’s been at the very least an exercise in frustration. I’ve been trying to kkep an eye on this bill Rep Tallian from LaPorte County has been trying to get some action on, and was shocked when I did a search and fournd it is moving along. I’m still not sure I’m not seeing things!! Bless her soul for not giving up on it!! She has tried a number of times to get something passed having to do with decriminalization, but the proposals never made it anywhere. This time she was trying on the platform of MEDICAL cannabis. I’d like to mention, I’m a Registered Nurse—I am by no means any sort of authority, but I have tried to educate myself on the benefits of the use of cannabis for different disease conditions, and it has appalled me how backwards so many people still are about the use of this seemingly benign treatment. Seems like our FDA would rather promote the use of highly dangerous chemicals that are often almost as bad as the disease in temrs of side effects. For instance, for my RA I am now using a biologic—which by the way is approx. $25000.00/month. Horrendous side effects including increased risk of some cancers. This is scary coming from one who hasn’t even yet bounced back from the chemo & radiation I had!! Yet, pot is reported to benefit RA. I’d have to be an idiot to NOT want to try it. I’m also sure it could help me sleep better—probably ensuring I would no longer need meds to help me sleep. Yes, as with ANY drug or substance, you will probably find a few bad apples who will not be responsible with it, but it’s always been that way with every other substance…but everyone shouldn’t be held to that standard. I’m sorry for the rant. This is a real sore spot for me, so I will shut up now. One more thought…you know how marijuana is still listed as a schedule I controlled substance??? (Which means it’s up there with meth, heroin, etc.). I can’t understand WHY it is still listed as a C-I but at the same time, pharma has synthetic THC drugs on the market as we speak. One of the 3 I know of Marinol. Go figure. Best of luck to you!! Take care.

  3. Scott says:

    Indiana should legalize marijuana in my opinion because I have many different issues not only health issues but as well with mental issues and when I do smoke it helps me keep myself In a good state of mind. I don’t snap off as I do most of the time. I think this would benefit many people.

  4. Triston Volom says:

    And they say in the declaration of independence that we the people are the ones who make the laws, yet politicians don’t even listen to us and this sickens me. Everything is so counterintuitive and backwards these days and I think I’m beginning to lose my mind. Smoking marijuana isn’t harming anyone, anything, or myself and yet people can receive life in prison for it while rapists sometimes receive under 10 years. There needs to be a change and a change fast. This is ridiculous. Arrests need to end. Police need to stop bullying people for non-harmful actions and direct their focus on crime that actually negatively affects people like murder, rape, burglary, animal abuse, etc. Their duty is to serve and protect not see who can get the most arrests to fulfill a quota so the officer can get a raise. Wake up politicians. Clean the shit out of your ears, quit being ignorant, and LISTEN TO YOUR PEOPLE. **oh and for the people who are against marijuana legalization, you know nothing about the plant and you need to do some research.

    • Chris says:

      Lord, do I ever agree with you!! I think it’s absolutely f***ed up. Infuriates me that we elect these self-serving a**holes to do the things we feel are important to us, and they think they were elected to run our lives. It’s like they are trying to raise us ass one of their kids—parents tell the children what to do, how to do it, “protect” them from what they believe is “bad”. What morons. When I first read some of these articles relating to what was happening with this bill, I couldn’t believe my eyes!! It sounded to me like Indiana had FINALLY legalized it o some level, which was puzzling. I finally read something that said the bill was just allowed to fizzle out. That sounds more like it—-NO BALLS at the state house level either. Instead of addressing the proposed bill and discussing it, so Sen. Tallian who authored the bill, would be able to understand and factor in the concerns voiced this time by the fraidy cats. That’s just like it tho, Their all too chikenshit to face it—they just bury it with their frigging heads in the sand. I’ve had it. Tired of the backwoods mentality. When my husband retires were’re moving to a neighboring state—All 3 of them except Kentucky have Medical use legalized, and Ohio is gearing up I believe to legalize it. I guess like Colorado. I have family up near Chicago, and I reall would like to be closer to them…however, that depends on whether my dad would still be alive (as he is 80 now), not to mention if I’m still here. (Prob not). Well, better go, again, perched on my soapbox. (What a sore spot for me!) Take care!

      • Karlos says:

        If Gay’s can force they’re rights on the People of Indiana, then recreational smokers shall also be granted equal rights.

      • Lesa Barnes says:

        I have stage 4 breast cancer with mets I am down to 4mets with chemo I need access to cannabis oil I have done the research and this could cure me I am triple negative i wish I could buy legally

  5. Austan says:

    If you let other states smoke it then why do I have to be a crimin to support it by smoking in Indiana? It’s scary to use without permission and honestly people need it more than more harmful pills and drugs; I disagree that this is a gateway drug and tobacco is starting to turn lungs black. Why can’t we just please smoke something green?

  6. I write in favor of the Legalization of Medical and Recreational marijuana and correspond the age limit of 21 with the drinking age, which I think should be dropped to 18 for both issues, as if you are old enough to be drafted into the military, you should be old enough to drink..
    The government here in Indiana has made it legal for a needle exchange program in some counties, they have made it legal for the LGBT community to marry. So, why is Medical and Recreational marijuana still illegal, Especially, when there are a lot of medical issues it would, help immensely.
    I know there are a lot more medical issues it would help, besides mine, but I am going to write on my problem from a first hand point of view.
    I have glaucoma, before being medicated for it with 3 different eye drops 6 times a day my eye pressure was 31 in the right eye and 28 in the left eye. The average person’s eye pressure is around 15.
    With the severe retina nerve damage I have in my right eye, they wish I was down around 8 to 10. I am presently stage 3 of 4 of going blind in my right eye, and the left eye is not a whole lot better.
    Like I said earlier, I am on 3 different eye drops, 6 times per day, 42 times a week, 180 times a month, and , 2,190 times in a year, I am at the maximum dosage of glaucoma drops I can be prescribed, and I actually wake up in the middle of the night at times, because of my eyes hurting. They did not hurt like that when I smoked in a legal place and time. The next step is most likely surgery, and I do not mean laser surgery, but real surgery. If Marijuana was Legalized in the state of Indiana, I may not be facing such extreme issues.
    I think that the politicians that are keeping it from being legalized, should be held accountable for all the peoples problems, which could be helped and possibly cured by Marijuana.

  7. wade smith says:

    I think Indiana is heading in the right direction in legalizing marijuana and hemp ! The benefits out number any bullshit theories that have been proven lies by the government scince the 70’s in the cure for many illnesses with no side effects as does pills being pushed down people throats by big government and pharmascuetical companies in various cures such as cancer, fibromyalgia and mental conditions!
    But yet federal government can use it but american citizens go to jail or prison for its use across america these days! Do as i say not as i do! Just ask john kKerryand others using it in Washingtonon both sides of house and senate and most of congress

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