Marijuana is completely prohibited in Indiana, in all forms. Per current Indiana marijuana laws, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession with a prior conviction on a person’s record bumps the penalties up to a year in jail, and a $5,000 fine. Cultivating less than 30 grams is a misdemeanor, publishable by a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Cultivating over 30 grams is a felony, punishable by up to 2.5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. It’s pretty difficult to cultivate under 30 grams. I have to assume Indiana police don’t wait for the marijuana to dry, so sadly it’s safe to assume that the higher penalty is handed out more often than not.
Even being around marijuana, or a ‘place were drug activity occurs’ is a crime in Indiana. It’s a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Those are extremely harsh laws. I feel bad for marijuana consumers in Indiana, but I feel even worse for patients who are either forced to commit serious offenses, or go without their medicine.
Marijuana reform is desperately needed in Indiana, and polls show that citizens want it. A new poll, conducted by WTHR/HPI, found overwhelming support for medical marijuana legalization specifically. Per WTHR:
The WTHR/HPI Indiana Poll has 73% supporting medical marijuana with 25% opposed and only 2% undecided or refusing to answer the poll question.
Democrats were most likely to support the measure with 82% support followed by independents with 77% support and republicans with 59%.
Hoosiers older than 65 had the lowest level of support but still favored legalization 57% to 41%.
A poll conducted in 2012, the results of which being released in 2013, found 52% support for full recreational marijuana legalization. With those types of numbers, one has to ask, what would it take to reform marijuana laws in Indiana? Unfortunately, Indiana does not have a citizen initiative process. It’s up to the Indiana Legislature to step up and reform Indiana’s marijuana laws. The Indiana Legislature has been unfriendly to marijuana bills in the past, but changing that starts with getting candidates on the record and then holding them accountable. You can find out who your Legislators are in Indiana at this link here (assuming you live there of course!). Send them facts and be polite!