5 things for Indiana residents to know about buying legal weed in Illinois

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Hoosiers are welcome to buy legal, recreational marijuana in Illinois. The problem is bringing it home.

Plenty of people get caught doing so, said Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Todd Ringle. That can lead to a citation or arrest on our side of the border, where the drug is still prohibited.

Indiana is one of only 18 states where weed isn’t legalized or decriminalized in some form, leaving marijuana tourists vulnerable.


Hemprise Bets on Federal Regulation of CBD with Construction of 100,000-Square-Foot Hemp Processing Facility

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Hemprise launched in 2019 with the purchase of 25 acres of land in southern Indiana that will eventually house what the company claims will be one of the largest hemp processing facilities in the U.S. with 100,000 square feet of processing space when completed. (Photo courtesy of Hemprise)

The company is completing phase I of the buildout, which consists of a 10,000-square-foot workshop on about half of the property located in Jeffersonville. Hemprise plans to launch phase II of construction when cannabidiol (CBD) is a federally regulated ingredient for food, beverages and dietary supplements, according to Zheng Yang, the company’s general manager.


HempRise’s Indiana Facility Completion Nears

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The finishing touches are being put on what’s touted to be largest hemp CBD processing facility in the USA.

HempRise’s Indiana facility is being constructed in River Ridge in Jeffersonville. The 25 acre purpose-built, dedicated hemp extraction campus will feature a 100,000 square foot extraction facility capable of processing 3.5 million kilograms of industrial hemp biomass annually. The project will also provide a local employment bonanza, with dozens of jobs created in the first year.

The $80 million facility will produce full-spectrum and broad spectrum hemp extracts, along with cannabidiol (CBD) isolate.


Delta-8 THC is legal in many states, but some want to ban it

Nickolas Jarosh started smoking marijuana after his shifts as a 911 dispatcher. He’d flip between working days and nights, and the inconsistent schedule made it difficult to fall asleep. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, helped, he said.

Jarosh, 29, who now lives outside Houston, no longer works a job that forces him to keep inconsistent hours. He also no longer has access to marijuana, which he said had also been helping to ease his anxiety and depression.


20% of Indiana's hemp crop was destroyed last year because it had too much THC

Fifth-generation farmer Mark Davidson spent his entire life in chronic pain — until he tried CBD oil, and it changed his life. 

Davidson jumped on board when Indiana legalized growing hemp for CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical in the cannabis plant that is used for relieving pain, anxiety and other health issues, hoping to help others who were suffering. 

But then his best-laid plans went up in smoke. Literally.

In 2019, Davidson was forced to burn 1.5 acres of his hemp crop. 

“We had to burn more than $100,000 worth of product, which was heartbreaking and disheartening,” he said. “It was like seeing all this medicine going up in smoke.”


Most US hemp grain production happening in North Dakota, Montana and Indiana

Hemp cultivated for seed and grain comprised approximately ten percent of 2020 total U.S. acreage, approximately 14,000 acres, according to data provided by Hemp Benchmarks.

By comparison, Canadian cultivators grew more than five times that acreage, beyond 75,000 acres, the vast majority of which were exported to the United States.


'Huge potential': Can India’s medical Cannabis market thrive?

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After nearly 59 years, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN’s central drug policy-making body, recently voted to remove Cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs - where the strictest control measures apply, and its use was generally discouraged for medicinal purposes. 

27 of the CND’s 53 Member States, including India, the United States and most European nations, voted “Yes” on the motion.

If the idea is to genuinely tackle and provide a solution for medical ailments using Cannabis, the regulations in India already provide for it under Ayurveda. 


Indiana: Weird Marijuana ‘Decriminalization’ Measure Proposed In Militant Prohibition State

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A new bill in Indiana would give more people a chance at beating a flawed system. And police are not happy.

Marijuana decriminalization is the latest buzzword in the weed world. It’s a move that President Joe Biden has said that he would be willing to impose nationwide. The concept typically means the elimination of criminal penalties associated with the possession of marijuana. In most cases, decriminalization lets anyone caught in possession of up to an ounce of weed slide with a small fine. The offender doesn’t get jammed up in the criminal justice system.


Indiana Farmers Warned Of Dodgy Hemp Seed Vendors

Indiana farmers have enough to worry about with the learning curve associated with growing hemp – and they’ll also need to be wary of dishonest hemp seed vendors too.

But there is an easy way to avoid being conned.

2021 will be the first year hemp is grown in the state as a commercial crop rather than just for research purposes. There’s lots of interest – and where there is interest and money involved, there will also be unscrupulous parties trying to fleece others.


Indiana Senator Attempts To Decriminalize Marijuana

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“Our neighboring states have made efforts to address unjust marijuana laws, and it’s time for us to do the same,” said Senator Karen Tallian.

It has been said that Indiana will be one of the last states to legalize marijuana. The state is run by a bunch of holy-rolling Republicans who believe weed is the root of all evil. And they just can’t seem to wrap their heads around marijuana being good for the people and the state’s economy. 


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