Indiana

Fri
24
Jan

Indiana proposal would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana

Some Indiana lawmakers are pushing to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

Senate Democratic Chair Karen Tallian and State Sen. Greg Taylor presented two proposals that would prevent Hoosiers who possess small amounts of marijuana from being arrested and going to jail.

“We are well behind the times in the State of Indiana when it comes to cannabis,” Sen. Tallian said. “It’s time to allow debate and public input on this matter, and it is time we catch up with our neighbors. In 2018 and 2019, there were over 22,000 arrests yearly for possession of small amounts of marijuana. There is no justification for this.”

Fri
20
Dec

Hey Indiana, Legal Marijuana Isn’t Going To Doom Your Workforce

It’s not even 2020, and already the Indiana brass is preaching its ravenous desire to keep marijuana prohibition in full effect. This is a strange attitude, too, considering the state is about to have its butt savagely beaten trying to keep a leash on interstate drug trafficking. Its border buddy Michigan just launched a recreational pot market earlier this month, and Illinois is set to roll one out at the beginning of the year. This means that Hoosier high timers and others curious about the pot scene could easily become our pot-slinging neighbors’ best customers.

Wed
18
Dec

Indiana State Senator Files Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

An Indiana lawmaker took the first steps this week toward decriminalizing marijuana in the state. 

Karen Tallian, a state senator in Indiana, filed legislation on Monday to do just that. Under Tallian’s bill, possession of less than an ounce of pot would only be a ticketable offense accompanied by a small fine and, crucially, no jail time. 

Mon
16
Dec

Indiana resisting marijuana trend of neighboring states

Indiana’s Republican Statehouse leaders are firmly against taking any steps toward following neighboring states in legalizing marijuana use during the upcoming legislative session.

They might not be able to avoid talking about it during the 2020 election campaign.

Indiana lawmakers have not seriously debated proposals such as allowing medical marijuana or removing the threat of jail time for possessing small amounts of the drug, even as recreational marijuana sales have won approval in Michigan and Illinois and medical use is allowed in Ohio.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says he'll remain opposed as long as the federal government classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug, and the leaders of the GOP-dominated Legislature back him.

Wed
27
Nov

Indiana May Consider Decriminalization in Next Session

Indiana is going to face a problem starting at the beginning of next year: It is about to be partly surrounded by states where marijuana is legal. Michigan is set to launch its recreational pot market next month, while Illinois will open one as of January. This means Hoosiers will be traveling across state lines for legal weed and doing their best to bring some home for later. State officials are already talking about the steps they might take to prevent an abundance of interstate drug trafficking from wreaking havoc. The powers-that-be want to take a tough on drugs approach, driving every law enforcement agency they have over the edge in pursuit of a pot-free Indiana.

Tue
26
Nov

How legal weed will be problematic for police in pot-free Indiana

It has been said that Indiana will be one of the last states to legalize marijuana. But lawmakers may have no choice but to give the issue some serious consideration in 2020 now that two of the state’s neighbours are set to launch recreational sales starting next month.

While the Hoosier government is busy trying to uphold some unrealistic sense of morality for those who occupy the state, it’s the police forces that will suffer. There is about to be an uprising of interstate drug trafficking that will only serve to tax law enforcement resources and make their jobs harder overall.

Fri
15
Nov

How legal weed will be problematic for police in pot-free Indiana

There is about to be an uprising of interstate drug trafficking that will only serve to tax law enforcement resources and make their jobs harder overall.

It has been said that Indiana will be one of the last states to legalize marijuana. But lawmakers may have no choice but to give the issue some serious consideration in 2020 now that two of the state’s neighbors are set to launch recreational sales starting next month.

While the Hoosier government is busy trying to uphold some unrealistic sense of morality for those who occupy the state, it’s the police forces that will suffer. There is about to be an uprising of interstate drug trafficking that will only serve to tax law enforcement resources and make their jobs harder overall.

Tue
22
Oct

Hemp thefts skyrocket in the USA

It looks as though many hemp farmers in the USA have been facing an uphill battle in protecting their crops from pests – the two-legged kind.

It wasn’t that long ago news of hemp theft wasn’t all that common, but with so many states now permitting cultivating the crop and harvest season in play, incidents are being reported daily.

Among the instances of plants being stolen reported across the country over the last few weeks:

Mon
21
Oct

Some Indiana farmers uncertain hemp will become profitable

Some Indiana farmers have started harvesting their first legal crop of hemp without knowing for certain whether it will prove to be lucrative.

President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill in December , legalizing hemp. Since then, Indiana farmers have taken out permits to grow thousands of acres of hemp for its fiber, seed and cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-intoxicating compound also found in marijuana.

The hemp flowers and seeds can be processed for fiber to make paper, cloth, rope, wood-like material or hemp concrete.

Fri
18
Oct

Indiana farmers tackle historic hemp harvest

New this fall, Indiana farmers are harvesting thousands of acres of hemp for the first time in several decades. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and Indiana Senate Bill 516, a select group of licensed farmers were approved to grow and harvest a hemp crop in 2019 as part of a research trial.

Several Indiana Farm Bureau members were among the select group who used this season was an opportunity to learn about the crop and the different markets for hemp, such as fiber, grain and oil.

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