Indiana Senate Announces Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Hemp Production


<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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236 Responses to "Indiana Senate Announces Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Hemp Production"

  1. Cutie pie says:

    Amen! Steven you told the facts not just opinions I don’t know anyone who’s OD on pot you can smoke a lot and like you said your going to sleep or your going to eat a lot lol but your not going to die. but alcohol is legal and you can kill yourself or someone else and that’s ok
    People with cancer really need this medicine and shouldn’t be denied it!

  2. workingdan says:

    I’m tired of the debating already. Just legalize it so we can move on to more pressing issues. Let’s legalize it and stimulate the economy. While we’re at it let’s stimulate our minds as well…as an added to bonus to all the other benefits of marijuana.

    Too many good folks, many of them outstanding parents, are overcrowding our jails and prisons for using a harmless plant. I’m tired of looking over my shoulder every time I want to smoke a joint and relax after a hard day’s work. The only reason people suffer from paranoia after smoking is that it is illegal. Legalize it, problem solved.

    The medical benefits should just be all the more reason to make it legal. It’s like the cure-all wonder drug. It helps with pain, stress, PTSD, depression, has been found to benefit cancer patients…the list goes on.

    Legalize it!

  3. Jerome Scott says:

    Legalize it, tax it and have to post office ship it. #whatnationaldebt?

    • Steve says:

      Really, where is the debate? The roads are falling apart, teachers are overworked and underpaid and schools are closing. Just a few of the several dozen money problems the state has. So should we spend more money to put tax paying people in jail for it or make money from it. DUH! what the hell is there to argue about? I really don’t understand.

  4. Valerie SHerman says:

    This would be AMAZING for me…. I’ve struggled with crippling pain due to reflexive sympathetic Dystrophy for the last 6 yrs. Of course since I see a Pain management doctor AND am a law abiding citizen I haven’t tried marijuana for pain relief even though for people that suffer from RSD it tends to work miracles its sucked because my best chance for living a more normal life would mean I’d HAVE to move but unfortunately that isn’t something I can do since I’m disabled and need help surviving. My whole focus every day is just surviving the on slot of incredible pain from my nerves telling me that even a gust of wind is super painful. To actually be able to take something like this would be amazing since not only would it be WAY cheaper. (I pay 1000’s in meds a yr and my one med without insurance runs around 700 and I still have to pay for 3 other meds) but my biggest issue is that I’m allergic to most pain killers to begin with and those I can take I have horrible side effects one of which is ALWAYS being sick to my stomach since RSD also causes intestinal problems and meds don’t help one bit! Obviously if I could use Marijuana not only would there be no meds to make me sick but it would also help with the rsd related stomach issues. That alone would make it totally worth it because who wants to do ANYTHING when they are sick to their stomach ALL the time plus having to force yourself to eat AND the only things you enjoy tend to be crappy foods since their more addictive and then the final and best is that it would be WAY less addictive then the meds I currently take!

    • Julie Allen says:

      I share your sentiments, Valerie Sherman. My daughter suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, Babesia, Bartonella, and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. She is only 15 and has chronic debilitating pain, just like you. I would give her Canabas oil in a heart beat if it was legal. I would not want her to smoke it, but to use it as an oil. I pray that it will become legal, because right now, i don’t feel like breaking the law is an option. I am an RN and would not be willing to lose my license if caught. I also don’t want to buy it on the streets, and wonder if it is pure without any dangerous additives. My daughter, like you, is also on many medications that are worse than marijuana, and I would love the chance for her to try Marijuana and potentially get off some of them and have a better quality of life….including a restful sleep and less anxiety. God bless you….really understand where you are coming from, and your story is very similar to my daughter’s.

  5. Mick says:

    Its foolish to not reap the tax benefits like the other states that have . Colorado exceeded their budgeted tax income by about 170 million. ,that would pave lots of roads,buy lots of books for schools, feed the homeless and pump up the economy !

  6. Jason Bosney says:

    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).

    It seems that no one has even noticed…. The State only wants to legalize adulterated marijuana…. The state will allow you to buy a small amounts, collect taxes on it, but, it will not be natural marijuana. It will have a very weak or non existant effect. This is not a paradigm shirt towards tolerance and personal freedom, but rather, is about money and continued control. Just legalize freedom and natural marijuana and leave people alone!

    The government may fool the majority, but they don’t fool all of us!

    • bianca says:

      that was in regards to the HEMP growing. NOT what would be sold for consumption. Please at least read and understand before responding

  7. cody says:

    I think the state could really benefit from legalizing it not only them but also the citizens of our great state so let’s do LEGALIZE IT I support this

  8. tony says:

    I am 59 years old and i hate to be high in public but i love it for relaxing at home and its a very great sleep aid. much better for you than prescription drugs. doctors should be attested for freely peddling pills.

  9. 420gal says:

    I have crohns disease and marijuana helps with inflammation and pain, also helps my appetite.legalize it, they will figure out a way to tax it. many people use it and its no different than drinking a glass of wine or drinking a beer to relax and marijuana has medicinal properties where alcohol doesn’t. stop debating and move on. I don’t understand the problem, good for the economy, jobs and better quality of life for so many people.

  10. IndianaMan says:

    Hell yes it should be legalized. I am only 36 years old and have already lost friends and class mates due to their habits. A couple of them died in drunk driving accidents and several of drug overdose or heart failure as the paperwork say’s. You ever hear of a 30 year old mans heart exploding over smoking Marijuana? The Medical aspects for Marijuana is off the charts as we already know, it’s good for Cancer, Personality Disorders, O.C.D, Glaucoma, A.D.D, Muscle Spasm, Eating Disorders. That is just a few, the jump start it would give our economy would be immense I am sure since hemp used to be grown in Indiana as a use for rope during previous wars, not to mention all the uses that it is known for in today’s age. I personally believe We would be ignorant not to want Marijuana legalized, besides that’s what the people really want any ways they are just to scared to speak up because of the Government.

  11. Darrell Waltz says:

    Mabey we got the wrong people in office. But not Mark Kessler. He a good man and friend

  12. Esprit says:

    Please DO legalize it, even for Medical! Good lord, Pence has been pushing his agenda so hard and speaking for the hoosiers without even CONSULTING us, I’m shocked there is not demand for his impeachment. I know, I’ve searched for one to sign on.

    And, making sure the THC levels are less than .3%? Really? You KNOW we will fight that. We will. THC doesn’t even harm! The ONLY part of smoking marijuana is in SMOKING it. Removing the THC is NOT going to change that, and many people will use it in edibles and vaporizers anyways.

    The ignorance and inhumane thinking of these “leaders”, these DIPLOMATS who have not felt or considered their own true feelings and humanity since they decided this is what they would become are the last people who should be deciding what is and isn’t good for consenting adults. I know what is good for me.

    How dare you?

  13. Quentyn says:

    I am a student, about to leave high school and I had no way in life. I love smoking weed and its been my dream to grow and sell marijuana and marijuana products. I’ve heard it takes a PHD… I had no intention in going to collage until now. This is more then enough for me to get the motivation to go to collage. It’s my dream and nobody going to stop me. If this goes through I will have a good future.

  14. Tony Paul says:

    Plain and simple, America is supposed to be a free country, but government has become so big that it has begun to smother that freedom. Why should it be up to a career politician to decide whether or not we as American citizens can consume marijuana for medical use, or even recreational use? These elected officials are supposed to be the voice of the people, but if that were the case, these ridiculous laws would have been repealed long ago. Rather than be a voice of the people they represent, they use their positions of power to push their own values and agendas, and in many cases, to do unethical and immoral things, even things that they have the people they represent put in prison for, i.e. steal, extort, embezzle, and the like. If those politicians and citizens are adamantly against marijuana, then just like those who are against alcohol, tobacco, firearms, organized religion and so on, they can simply choose to not be a part of it. That is what makes the idea of “freedom” so great, we all have a choice, as long as we do not infringe on the rights of others, as to what we eat and drink, who or what we worship or don’t worship, whether we use firearms or not, whether we consume alcohol, and/or tobacco or not, etc… By continuing this preposterous prohibition of marijuana, the government is infringing on the freedoms of all people who desire to consume marijuana, while grouping them in with thieves, rapists, child molesters, murderers and so on, if they decide to use it anyway. We need to get back to the principles this country was founded on, the rule of law, equality, inalienable rights, the social compact, and LIMITED GOVERNMENT. These things are what led to these United States of America being considered the greatest country in the world at one time. These ideals have been trampled on and abused for so long that many of them are no longer recognizable, and this abuse has stemmed from those who, upon taking their positions, swore on the bible to, among other things, preserve and protect our constitution. So in conclusion, put the decision making power back where it belongs, in the hands of each and every one of the citizens of this once great country, and then with time, patience and hard work, we will once again be able to call our country the greatest in the world!

    !!! LEGALIZE IT !!!

  15. Christopher Blake says:

    Less than .3%? Don’t get me wrong I’m all in for any legalization… But it’s the THC that has the medical benefits. Nothing else. Psychoactive… Though the word has meaning here, they are using it as a scare tactic. The effects are not bad and do not cause violence. They bring anywhere from a mellow buzz to a deep sedated state of calm. They sell alcohol at almost 100% and they are still trying to discredit THC under the cover of legalization.

  16. kyle says:

    I whole heartedly agree that marijuana should be legalized. Unfortunately it wont be until enough of the old geezers are replaced with a younger generation because they have their own agenda. If the public, patients, farmers and uncle sam all benefit from it, then why the hell not? I like many have lost a love one to alcoholism, drunk driving, overdose, etc but never have I heard of a stoner going 80 down the highway and smashing into a car(s) because he was too high. Most people wouldn’t get behind the wheel if they’re too stoned, they’d order pizza and take nap. America is the home of the free? Dont make me laugh. “Men in denim helped build this country; men in suits are helping destroying it”. If you wont legalize, at least lower the penalty. Up to a year in jail, probation, community service, drug and alcohol class, and bullshit court fees for under 28 grams. I know because I faced those same charges. I was fortunate to have all charges dropped cause I had a good lawyer and the officers could not get their stories straight in the deposition. Unfortunately not everyone can afford a lawyer so they have no choice but to take a plea which is pretty much all of the aforementioned but only 3days in jail with good behavior. End of my rant. Legalize it already!!

  17. Dan says:

    “As Republicans we have the upper hand in these discussions. We are a party that thrives on individual freedoms”

    Which is why they fight so hard against gay marriage. Right.

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