S.B 314 Legalization of Industrial Hemp & Small amounts of Marijuana

Indiana : S.B 314 Legalization of Industrial Hemp & Small amounts of Marijuana

In January Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian introduced Senate Bill 314, which would legalize industrial hemp as well as small amounts of marijuana. This bill would be a huge benefit to our state because it would save tens of millions of dollars that we currently spend on enforcement and incarceration of petty offenders involving small amounts of marijuana. Legalizing industrial hemp in Indiana would also lead to significant economic and environmental benefits.

The provisions of this bill are summarized below:

  • Authorizes the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp (in accordance with rules adopted by the Indiana Department of Agriculture)

  • Less than 2 ounces of marijuana would be punishable by a $500 fine and NO jail time (reduced from maximum 1 year incarceration and up to $5,000 fine)

  • 2 ounces or more of marijuana would be punishable by 180 days incarceration and up to a $1,000 fine (down from a maximum of 3 years incarceration and up to $10,000 fine)

  • Requires the courts to suspend an imposed sentence if the person has no marijuana convictions in the preceding 5 years

  • Requires the courts to defer a sentence if a person pleads guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana offense

  • Sale or delivery of more than 2 ounces of marijuana would be punishable by a maximum of 1 year incarceration and up to $5,000 fine; Class A misdemeanor. (Down from 3 year maximum and up to $10,000 fine)

  • Would repeal the controlled substances excise tax

The full text of the bill can be found here

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