Indiana: Federal appeals court reverses order that halted Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp

The Indy Star reports….

A federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s order halting a 2019 Indiana law that criminalizes smokable hemp. 

Indiana legislators last year passed a law legalizing the commercial production of hemp and setting up a regulatory process. The law also banned smokable hemp. Anyone who knowingly possesses, manufactures or delivers smokable hemp can be charged with a misdemeanor under the law.  

At the time, the state argued that if smokable hemp is legalized in Indiana, it would make enforcing the state’s laws against marijuana more difficult since the two smell and look similar.

Unlike marijuana, hemp has very low concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance in marijuana that makes a consumer feel high. Hemp can be used to produce CBD oil, food grade oil, hemp milk, protein powder, rope, clothing and paper. Some people prefer smoking the CBD-containing plant. 

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