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Indiana Senate Announces Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Hemp Production

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<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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264 Responses to "Indiana Senate Announces Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Hemp Production"

  1. Amber says:

    ….well it’s a start, but you still can’t buy a car on Sunday!!!

  2. greyson mils says:

    You sure that indiana has legalized small amounts of marijuana . I believe the story is incorrect .The bill that passed is 357 a hemp only bill. You story indicates that bill 315 passed and I don’t believe it did…………. Please let me know

  3. Pugsley says:

    It’s about time Indiana came to it’s senses and did something to benefit the farmers, economy, and people….Way to Indiana keep up the good work..

  4. Steven says:

    For the Pro-pot community, if want to be taken as a serious, intelligent person whose opinion deserves serious consideration, then you need to sound like one. You need to have something intelligent and rational to say and you need to have it based in fact, not fiction. It also helps if you sound like a grown adult. All the ranting, raving, cussing and name-calling does not do any of that. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone.
    Just saying. Help the cause, don’t hinder.

  5. Jose m medina jr says:

    Finally something natural then having to drink a few for rest.

  6. Alex says:

    For whoever said its a bad enough problem with the kids now is dumb to not want to legalize it because if it was legalized we would be able to control it a little better and not have drug dealers everywhere, but no matter how you look at it their will always be marijuana around legal or not same with the other drugs. By legalizing it the states will be able to get a better control on the selling of marijuana and they will be able to tax it and make profit for the state.

  7. 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!

    • Ashley says:

      Marijuana helps me with a lot of things, I have gallbladder disease, helps the nausea before and after i eat, if not for it i would be dead today. i dropped in one month 60 to 70 pounds. I was ruining my esophagus from vomiting everyday because of eating, i even changed my diet, no greasy, spicy, cheesy, milk, made food. no soda no sugar no caffeine. I work, drive walk and function fine. i also have an problem sleeping and this fixes it, i don’t walk side ways as you would with drinking beer, i can actually say i don’t even think there such a thing as munchies (stoner’s mind lol). It does not make me hungry it make me able to eat. i will vote yes to proposition 420 lol

    • destiny says:

      thats my nigga

  8. Nicole says:

    This is fantastic news for our state, and our country! I firmly believe that drugs are not the answer to life, but marijuana… Marijuana is like coffee to me, but nicer to my stomach. It wakes me up, levels me out, and sends me on my way. It helps me take my time during the day to not just go through the motions, but actually take a moment to appreciate the world I live in, while still getting my work done, and then some.

    As I said, drugs/marijuana is not for everyone, like coffee (which is also a drug, and more addictive than mary jane). But for the people it is for, they need it. Not in an addictive way, but in a way that helps them love life a little more. For people it is for, I hope they get to see the world through different eyes sometime. Marijuana has helped make colors brighter and sounds much sweeter.

    So, for everyone who doesn’t “like” smoking, don’t. That shouldn’t be grounds for everyone else to have to quit. For those who are bothered by smoke, it can only be smoked inside the house or through a vaporizer.

    Additionally, farming marijuana in the United States under regulation would help with the drug trafficking problems we have. We won’t need to rely on foreign sources to get our drugs, we can get them from safe, public, and government regulated stores that sell at correct weights, know the exact content, and can offer suggestions as needed.

    One thing I don’t agree with about this bill is the THC content allowed. 0.3% THC is a very low concentration, and the fact that the article explicitly states that marijuana will not get one “high”, why are we smoking it then? It’s like tobacco then. Not to be a snob, but marijuana is not that low in THC content nowadays.

    I think the problem a lot of people have with pot smoking is that they have this notion that everyone who smokes is a “pothead”. And if by “pothead” you mean someone who does nothing productive with their lives, I think the word you’re actually looking for is “lazyass”. Pothead, in my the way it’s been used, is offensive. I would call myself a pothead, I smoke pot every day. However, I hold 2 jobs, pay for a brand new car, and am successful in school. There are so many people who do what I do, even more than what I do, and smoke every day. Multiple times a day. You would be surprised the people I can say I’ve smoked with in my life.

    All I ask is that fellow supporters, stand up! And protestors, please reconsider. There’s a life out their you’re missing, where people are friendly and pleasant and flowers smell lovelier than you can imagine. It makes you hate the world a little less.

  9. 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!

    • Misterjones416 says:

      I have a d felony for possession second offense of a roach I can’t be seen as a ptsd or add or adhd medical user I’m lookEd at like A drug dealer and a horribly person when my four year old knows American sight slite Spanish ABc’s 123’s all his shaps colors and animals as well Math and i dropped out of schook in ninth grade legalize It

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 !

  13. 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!

    • Steven says:

      Actually I did notice, and your right. Everyday we move closer and closer to fascist country, and very few seem to notice it. We will end up in a military state and by the time people do notice it will be too late to do anything about it.

    • 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    • piggy420 says:

      i have leukemia (blood cancer) and the medicine i take has horrible side effects including bone pain, joint pain , muscle pain , basically pain everywhere all the time . although the side effect of not taking the medicine is death… i have lost 70lbs in 5 months partially due to a major lack of appetite ,once i do eat i cant hold it in . marijuana definitely helped me to eat and reduce the queezy sensation while and after eating and greatly reduced the majority of the pain and helped me to function on a somewhat normal level. but i have had to quit because in this state they dont care if it helps …. every other day you see commercials from attorneys because of medications made by major companies that cause major issues including death but they remain legal … or alcohol which causes liver and kidney disease or death by drinking too much or by drunk driving accidents …. ive never heard of a person dying from marijuana . and most users would rather stay at home and relax . anytime ive driven while high i drove slower and more cautiously out of paranoia where as with alcohol that wasnt the case, thankfully ive never caused an accident but ive learned since my younger dumber days and no longer drink …. as a parent i would rather see my kids (18 and older)use marijuana responsibly than drink … ever….. medicinally speaking the benefit of marijuana definitely outweighs the negative effects of the man made medicines they prescribe for pain ….. Man made beer God made marijuana .. who do you trust?

  17. 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.

  18. Darrell Waltz says:

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

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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 !!!

  22. 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.

    • Andrew Shireman says:

      Please read the article again. The .3% requirement is for plants grown for hemp production, not marijuana grown for recreational or medical use. The article does not mention any limits on THC content in recreational or medical marijuana.

    • piggy420 says:

      good point psychoactive THC is the benefit of marijuana medically ,, opium is still illegal in this country but its also one of the most effective pain medications available in this country (fentanyl patches) which is also highly addictive but Doctors are still able to prescribe it even though people die each year from using it or abusing it … let us not forget that alot of the schedule 1 narcotics on the illegal drug list were originally made by doctors like heroin and cocaine. hell cocaine was in coca cola and they made coca cola as a non alcoholic way to ingest your cocaine for any list of ailments bothering you and a Great “pick me up”.. but as anything people enjoy or indulge in, the government has to have complete control … but marijuana grows from a seed and matures into one of the most entirely useful plants known to man (next to corn) . from its fibers to its THC everyone could benefit from clothing to medicine …. WAKE UP AND LEGALIZE its only NATURAL

  23. Phil says:

    I think its great…dont know whats taking so long being as this post is over 4 months old. But i believe is great for people to be able to choose marijuana over say xanex, and a million other synthetic drugs with 1000 side effects. Or just for recreational means. Everyone knows by now, id hope, that it is a whole lot safer than say alcohol which usually induces anger, violence,theft, rape, , ect, ect, ect(those of which ive never seen happen with someone using marijuana). Not to mention the boost it will give the economy. If you dont like it. Its very simple….dont do it. Lets get this ball rolling already.

  24. 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!!

  25. James Martin says:

    I also am a very strong believer in marijuana being a cure all. I have been dealing with scoliosis and blown discs in my back for well over a decade. I used to smoke everyday up to a quarter ounce or more. I now am no longer able to smoke because of the narcotic pain meds I am on and due to the fact that I am going to a different doctor and they test for marijuana. My other doctor only tested for other narcotics to make sure I was taking mine and to make sure I wasn’t taking something else with it meaning other types of pain meds. Since I have had to stop smoking I hurt a lot more than I used to including more nerve pain. If they would hurry and get this going maybe I could lower my dosage of meds. Also I think it would lower the od rate and the use of heroin. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND HEMP NOW!!!

  26. 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.

  27. Andrina says:

    As a rape/torture survivor with extreme PTSD I would greatly appreciate marijuana being legalized so that my day to day life can experience some relief. I hate taking anti anxiety meds…benzos which are highly addictive and lose their effectiveness. And it would be amazing to not have to rely on anti depressants that carry the risk of siezures. I make marijuana edibles all the time to carry with me wherever I am in case I experience a PTSD attack. I hate to smoke anything. It’s like always having a non toxic version of a benzo with me. It’s amazing and seems to be the only medication that helps me!!!! Please please please decriminalize and allow the cultivation and selling of marihuana for patients of all ailments to experience a REAL quality life.

  28. Chris says:

    Believe me I would like it legal, but in the Governments hand? Maybe it will be better than the so call; Affordable Health Care Act, Social Security, The border, etc.. No Government is the only way it will work. Just figures one dealer, The Government.

  29. john says:

    it will never happen! People are more concerned about what others are doing than what is right!

    we should all be ashamed of our selves. we have just accepted what we have been told instead of looking for the truth because its easier. We all crave security and sold our morals. rather its giving up freedoms , or just working overtime to get ahead. all those extra hours allowed the school, T.V., radio, videio games, computer, partent down the street, etc. mold and raise the children, and for what? nothing really. Its time for everyone to look their self in the mirror and ask your self who am I, and what really matters to me. freedom for all is the only answer to true freedom.

  30. Dani says:

    The only thing marijuana does is make people a threat to cake!

  31. Jon says:

    I am a diehard Republican but I also want Legalized Mary Jane. It will NEVER EVER happen with Republicans in charge which is why we currently have the most strict Marijuana laws in USA. So for a few election cycles we must sweep Republicans out of office and vote Democrat. Soon as we get weed legal we must get Republicans back in office before the Democrats bankrupt the state.

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