INDIANAPOLIS — A bill moving through the Indiana statehouse focuses on two ounces of marijuana.
Several lawmakers say Wednesday’s testimony on House Bill 1297 is the first time a bill of this nature has gotten a hearing.
The bill would allow Hoosiers to posses up to two ounces of marijuana without any criminal punishment.
“It’s time that Indiana joins all of its neighboring states. Every state around us has some form of legalization — Ohio and Kentucky have medical and Illinois and Michigan have recreational,” Republican Representative Heath VanNatter said.
VanNatter says he was opposed to marijuana legalization when he got elected but has seen public opinion shift.
Last year, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order allowing Kentuckians with certain medical conditions to access medical marijuana. There are multiple conditions.
Several CBD companies spoke in favor of the bill, saying the current prohibition is negatively impacting farmers.
“This criminalization has severely restricted the market for our hemp farmers and small businesses and has resulted in confusing laws. For an example, currently farmers are prohibited from selling hemp flower outside of state lines and can only sell it to a licensed process in the state,” Justin Swanson, Midwest Hemp Council representative, said.
Others, like the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State Police and Prosecuting Attorneys Council spoke in opposition.
The Chamber is worried that decriminalization could hurt the…
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