Indiana senator introduces bills to legalize cannabis in the state

An Indiana senator introduced two new bills last week, which would legalize and regulate marijuana in the state.

Sen. Karen Tallian introduced SB 87 and 223 which would allow for the regulation and legalization of marijuana.

SB 87 would establish a cannabis compliance commission to regulate all forms of legal cannabis in Indiana, including industrial hemp and low THC hemp extract.

Currently in Indiana, a person can be charged with possession of marijuana for having any amount of it on them. SB 223 would raise the amount to two ounces in order for a person to be charged.

It would also repeal the offense as a level 6 felony.

“Arrests for marijuana possession made up 45% of all drug arrests from 2010-18 in Indiana. Contextually, Black Hoosiers are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for the possession of marijuana. Our neighboring states have made efforts to address unjust marijuana laws, and it’s time for us to do the same,” Tallian said.



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