State Legislatures Address Hemp Policies During 2018 Sessions

It’s, so far, been a banner year for hemp policy as Alaska, Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma each passed industrial hemp legislation during their respective sessions while two other states – New York and South Carolina – expanded their programs; while one state program, Wisconsin, came online. Illinois, too, is just one Senate concurrence vote away […]

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Indiana Legislature Approves CBD Bill; Heads to Governor

Indiana’s CBD bill is finally headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk, FOX59 reports. The bill, which was unanimously approved by the House, allows CBD products derived from industrial hemp to be sold at retailers throughout the state. State officials had taken a hardline stance on the products. Last year, Indiana Excise Police confiscated CBD products […]

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Indiana Lawmakers Turn CBD Bill into Guns Bill

Lawmakers in Indiana have used a “strip and replace” procedure to turn CBD legislation to gun legislation as the state’s session winds to a close, according to a WTHR13 report. The gun bill would allow state citizens to obtain a lifetime handgun permit for free and allow members at churches with schools to carry firearms […]

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Indiana Senate Approves Bill Allowing Broad Use of CBD

Indiana’s Senate has approved legislation to legalize CBD products in the state, according to an NWI.com report. The measure passed the chamber 35-13, while a similar bill was approved unanimously by the House last week. Both authorizes the manufacture, sale, and use of CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent THC but, in order to move […]

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Indiana House Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

The Indiana House has unanimously approved a measure that would allow the state’s farmers to grow industrial hemp, the Indy Star reports. Additionally, the measure would exclude products derived from the crops containing 0.3 percent or less THC from the state’s controlled substance definition, allowing the products to be sold commercially. In November, state Attorney […]

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Indiana House Passes Resolution to Study MMJ

Indiana’s House has unanimously voted to study medical cannabis legalization before next year’s session, the Indy Star reports. The resolution was offered by Majority Floor Leader Rep. Matt Lehmen – a sign that the reforms have a shot at being considered next session. Since the measure is a resolution, it does not need to be […]

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Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced in Indiana

Republican Indiana state Senator Jim Tomes has filed a bill to legalize CBD oil in the state after Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr., released an opinion declaring the extracts unlawful and Gov. Eric Holcomb told retailers in November that they had 60 days to remove the products from their shelves, according to a […]

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Indiana Gov.: Retailers Have 60 Days to Halt Sales of CBD Products with THC Content

In a statement on Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb weighed in on the ongoing CBD oil debate in the Hoosier State, concluding that retailers have 60 days to remove any products containing “any level of THC” from their shelves. “Applicable law and opinions guide me to direct the Excise Police to perform normal, periodic regulatory […]

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Indiana Attorney General: CBD ‘Unlawful’ in the State

In an official opinion released last week, Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr. said that CBD products “remain unlawful in Indiana” citing cannabis’ Schedule I status under federal law. “The state and deferral laws that place cannabidiol in the category of Schedule I controlled substances do not hinge on the degree or prevalence of […]

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Indiana Prosecutors Pen Letter Opposing All Forms of Cannabis Legalization

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys sent a letter to the chairman of the state Commission to Combat Drug Abuse asking the body to “formally oppose the legalization of marijuana in any form, for any purpose” claiming cannabis is “not medicine,” that its use increases opioid abuse risk, and legalization has had “devastating effects in […]

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Indiana Excise Police Continued CBD Enforcement Actions After Announcing Policy Change

Indiana excise police – the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission law enforcement arm – has at least twice cited stores selling CBD products despite saying in August they would back off the practice, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star. At that time, commission officials said they would no longer confiscate CBD products from […]

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Indiana Excise Police Backtrack on CBD Confiscations

Indiana State Excise Police will no longer confiscate CBD products so long as they fall under the federal definition of hemp with THC limits less than 0.3 percent, WTHR-13 reports. The decision comes after the agency confiscated thousands of dollars of CBD products from Fresh Thyme grocery stores and other retailers. “After a review of […]

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Bill Permitting CBD Use for Epilepsy Passes Indiana Senate, Moves to House

A measure to legalize CBD oil use for patients 18-years-old and younger has passed the Indiana Senate, which would allow some physicians, nurses, caregivers, and individuals to use the oil to treat intractable epilepsy, allowing pharmacies to dispense it. Under the proposal, the oil must be derived from industrial hemp, as it is required to […]

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Marine Veteran MMJ Advocate Says Vets ‘Will Keep Dying’ if Indiana Doesn’t Reform

Jeff Staker has lived a life of purpose: 11 years as a Marine Corp sniper, a drill instructor, father of four and grandfather of five, and the 51-year-old now serves as a firefighter for the U.S. government in Indiana. He’s also a leading figure in the fight for medical cannabis access in his home state […]

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National Veteran Groups Support Indiana Veteran’s MMJ Push

The upswell of support for the Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis from four major veterans groups could be enough to force lawmakers to bring one of the bills languishing in the legislature to a vote, WFLI reports. Earlier this month, the Indiana American Legion sent a letter to the state legislature urging them to “remove […]

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Indiana Veteran Pushing Lawmakers for MMJ Access

A U.S. Marines Veteran is emerging as a leading advocate for medical cannabis access in Indiana as lawmakers continue to drag their feet on the issue, according to an Indy Star report. Jeff Staker, who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield, said he founded Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis because “politicians listen […]

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