Greensburg Daily News Reports
Lucas’ House Bill 1137 has received bipartisan support in the Indiana General Assembly. The bill passed out of the House 90-0 and now heads to the Senate.
Currently, hemp can only be grown for research purposes. As proposed, a grower would be required to be monitored by the Indiana Department of Agriculture.
Last session, the legislature approved the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil by Hoosiers with epilepsy. However, the General Assembly did not approve the sale of CBD, according to a controversial ruling by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.
The Indy Star
Indiana House votes to allow Hoosier farmers to grow cannabis plants with low THC
The Indiana House voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill that would allow Hoosier farmers to grow industrial hemp — marijuana’s low-THC cousin.
Under Rep. Jim Lucas’ House Bill 1137, acres of the green leafy plants could be intermingled with rows of corn across family farms in Indiana. Currently only researchers at institutions are allowed to grow the plant, and are unable to do so for commercial purposes. Only Purdue University researchers are growing the product in the state.
The provision could see some push back in the Senate, or from individuals like Attorney General Curtis Hill, who has been outspoken against marijuana legalization.