Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Getting Hearing in Indiana for First Time Ever

The Indiana House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code is expected today to hold the state’s first-ever hearing for a cannabis decriminalization measure.

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For the first time ever, a cannabis decriminalization bill is getting a hearing in Indiana’s House of Representatives, FOX 59 reports. The measure, expected to be heard today in the chamber’s Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces. 

Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor (D) told FOX 59 that he thinks lawmakers should take steps to reform the state’s cannabis policy believing that “the federal government’s going to do something.” 

Indiana remains one of just a handful of states that does not allow any cannabis use and has not enacted even a low-THC medical cannabis regime.  

The measure would also raise the possession limits for cannabis possession to be considered a Level 6 felony in the state from 30 grams to four ounces.  

The measure includes two Republican representatives – Jim Lucas and Becky Cash – as cosponsors but does not appear to have support from Republican leadership and all three levels of Indiana’s government are controlled by the GOP. House Speaker Todd Huston (R) last month told FOX 59 that he remains “skeptical” on cannabis reforms but also recognizes “that people want to have that conversation.”  

Republican leaders in the state have indicated that other cannabis-related regulations, including on delta-8 THC, could be included in that conversation.  

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