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Cannabis legalization on hold in Indiana, lawmakers want more research before taking action



Indiana lawmakers agreed that more research on the potential health benefits and decriminalization of THC products, including marijuana, Delta 8 and Delta 9, is needed before any legislative action is further taken, reported KPVI. 

The General Assembly’s Legislative Council overwhelmingly supported the idea to task the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health and human services with reviewing the issue further.  (Benzinga)


Drug Task Force finds handgun, cash, marijuana during drug-dealing arrest

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The Wayne County Drug Task Force caught a Richmond man again. Kenton Ray Bennett Jr., 33, was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop made by first-shift Richmond Police Department patrol officers, according to a Drug Task Force news release. Bennett was convicted and sentenced in March 2016 after a previous arrest by the Drug Task Force.

On Tuesday, Bennett was arrested on a warrant that resulted from a lengthy Drug Task Force investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics, the release said. The warrant charged Bennett with two Level 4 felony counts of dealing heroin and fentanyl.


Hoosier business leaders pushing for legalization of cannabis through a new organization

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Hoosier business leaders pushing for cannabis legalization are doing so through a new organization.

The group, “Indiana Cann” is a 501 C4 non-profit that advocates for the adult use of cannabis by focusing on the economic benefits of cannabis legalization, including state tax revenue, creation of new jobs and the associated investments.

The group points a recent study by the tax Foundation, which suggests $171 million could be generated each year if Indiana adopts the Colorado taxing model.

Indiana Cann intends to push for legalization during the upcoming legislative session.


Marijuana advocates cautiously optimistic about cannabis infrastructure bill

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Rep. Sue Errington's bill wouldn't legalize or decriminalize pot, but it would create a commission for possible legalization in the future.

Marijuana advocates are hopeful a cannabis infrastructure bill will have a chance during the 2022 legislative session.

Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, is working on the bill. She filed a similar one last year.

She allowed 13News to review the 19-page preliminary draft, which would create a new Cannabis Compliance Commission with the power to regulate industrial hemp and CBD, which are currently legal.


Police seize crack cocaine and marijuana in search of residence

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The Wayne County Drug Task Force and the Richmond Police Department SWAT team seized about $3,500 worth of crack cocaine and marijuana during a raid on Wednesday at a residence in the 200 block of North 17th Street.

Police went in with a search warrant as part of an ongoing drug task force investigation into the resident, Milleta Carpenter, according to a release.

Officers seized 13.67 grams of crack cocaine (approximate street value $1,367) and 394.63 grams of marijuana (approximate street value $2,200).

Carpenter, 44, was arrested on preliminarily charges of possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance, both Level 6 felonies. She was being held in the Wayne County Jail Thursday night on a $7,500 bond, according to a jail records.


Southern Michigan marijuana dispensaries say more than half of customers are Hoosiers

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COLDWATER, Mich. (WANE) — Heading up the interstate, drivers are most likely used to seeing signs for hotels, restaurants or insurance companies. But, since about two years ago, if you’re driving north past the Angola exit on Interstate 69, you’ll see a handful of billboards advertising marijuana dispensaries that are just over the state border in Michigan.

A billboard advertising Timber Cannabis Co. that’s coming to Sturgis Michigan “soon.”

It turns out those billboards are catching many Hoosiers’ eyes.


Two arrested with 259 pounds of marijuana in LaGrange County

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Two people from Oregon are in jail after being caught with 259 pounds of marijuana in LaGrange County.

State Police pulled them over on the Toll Road yesterday.

A police K9 smelled the pot and the officer searched the vehicle.

Both are facing charges of dealing marijuana and possession.


PACE Team members pull hundreds of pounds of marijuana off the streets

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Officials with the Hancock County PACE Team, including K-9 Manni, assisted in a drug bust along Interstate-70 in Henry County. The catch netted 400 pounds of sealed marijuana worth an estimated $1.4 million in street value, officials said. The Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement or PACE Team is a multi-jurisdiction, law enforcement task force consisting of officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s and the Henry County Sheriff’s Departments. They patrol the stretch of Interstate 70 in Hancock and Henry Counties. Their focus is to attempt to apprehend individuals who are committing felonies and other criminal offenses along the highway.


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.


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