Indiana State Senator files two marijuana reform bills

Legalizing medical and adult use cannabis is on Indiana Democrats’ agenda for 2019. But one state senator isn’t waiting for January’s legislative session to get the ball rolling. So after the ball drops and Indiana lawmakers return to work January 3, State Senator Karen Tallian’s two cannabis bills will be waiting for them.


Where does Indiana stand on legalizing medical cannabis?

Now that ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, regular citizens are becoming more interested in the pot laws in their neck of the woods. Unless a person keeps close tabs on these types of developments, it can be difficult to know everything there is about where it is legal, where it isn’t and when legalization might be happening.

This is especially true ever since the CBD craze went full steam ahead this year. It is shocking to hear just how many people believe medical marijuana is legal in their state because a company sells the non-intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant at their local mall or health food store.


Indiana farmers need industrial hemp or legal marijuana to prosper

Indiana farmers continue to take it on the chin. Some of the latest data from the U.S Department of Agriculture shows the prices of the state’s two primary cash crops – corn and soybeans – have fallen into the proverbial crapper due to imbalanced supply and demand. Protectors of the all-important but often disrespected farming way of life -- namely the Indiana Farm Bureau -- attribute this drop to President Trump’s recent tariff actions on Chinese products. The agency’s national relations director, Bob White, says Hoosier farmers are now suffering the financial woes as a result of retaliatory tariffs.


Is there new support for medical marijuana in Indiana?

Hoosier veterans are promising to lead the way when it comes to legalized medical marijuana in Indiana.

They made their voices heard at a recent medical cannabis town hall at the state library. Jep Staker is a former Marine sniper who at one time was taking opioids. He realized his dosages were increasing, as was his risk for overdose. That's when he asked his VA doctor about cannabis.

"I took a good look at it and I talked with my doctor," said Staker. "And I asked him, 'What about all these states passing medical cannabis laws?' and the doctor said, 'You know if I could recommend it or prescribe it, I would.' And I said, 'Say no more.'"


Indiana lawmaker's Colorado trip opens eyes to marijuana possibilities

Medical and recreational marijuana are hot topics across the state.

One state lawmaker believes in them so strongly that he just spent in week in Colorado learning about them.

State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, said he learned some good ideas in Colorado that he wants to put in place in Indiana.

"It was incredible," Lucas said as he described his Colorado cannabis experience. "Seeing the freedom and the acceptance of how they deal with cannabis on a day-to-day basis. That was probably the biggest culture shock for me ."


Smoking cannabis is not covered under religious freedoms law, says Indiana judge

Three years ago, the First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana for preventing the congregation from using cannabis as holy sacrament. Now, Superior Court Judge Sheryl Lynch has ruled that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn't allow church members to smoke-up, writes Calvin Hughes.


All the reasons cannabis isn't legal in indiana

It’s all about keeping jails full and church ladies angry.

Staying firmly behind the times is as traditional in Indiana as basketball, racing, and wearing shorts in 45-degree weather. Having just legalized Sunday alcohol sales this year, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Indiana was also last to legalize cannabis—unless the handful of lobbyists that ultimately control our vice industry cut themselves a big enough piece. From puritans to profiteers, here are the top reasons pot isn’t legal in Indiana.


The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, prompting health departments to go full force.

The number of people with severe synthetic weed-related illness keeps rising. Hospitals are reporting more and more cases of serious bleeding, seizures, hallucinations and violent behavior—all due to synthetic cannabis.

As of this week, the threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland.


Facebook suspends grocery store’s ad account for discussing CBD oil

Last week, when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Bill 52 to legalize CBD oil for all Hoosiers, the owner of Georgetown Market celebrated the news by re-posting WTHR’s breaking news report on his Facebook page.

Owner Rick Montieth paid a little extra to “boost” the post on his social media platform in an effort to share the news with as many customers as possible.

“We were excited,” said Montieth, whose westside Indianapolis grocery store started selling CBD oil long before a statewide legal debate erupted last summer. “We knew people would want to know the governor signed the CBD oil bill into law.”


Indiana legalizes medical CBD oil, again

Indiana enacted a limited medical marijuana program last year, but there was confusion over the legality of CBD oils with low THC.

After months of uncertainty, the issue may now be resolved.

Indiana parents and business owners are breathing a sigh of relief today after Governor Eric Holcomb signed a new bill clearly legalizing low-THC CBD oils into law.

It was less than a year ago when Holcomb signed the state's first medical marijuana bill, allowing patients suffering from specific kinds of seizure disorders to receive CBD oil-based treatments.


Subscribe to RSS - Indiana