Indiana Lawmakers Kill Every Cannabis Proposal This Session

Indiana lawmakers have opted to go at least another year without enacting cannabis reforms after killing multiple proposals which included decriminalization, medical access, and adult-use legalization and regulated sales.

Full story after the jump.

All four cannabis reform bills filed this session in Indiana have already been quashed by lawmakers, the Indiana Capital Chronicle reports. Last month the House held a hearing for a cannabis decriminalization measure – the first time in the chamber – but lawmakers decided not to bring the measure to the floor for a full vote

Bills filed in the Senate – one to decriminalize possession up to one ounce, another to create a medical cannabis program, and one to legalize adult-use cannabis and enact a retail tax structure – all died earlier this session after the respective committees tasked to hold hearing on the legislation declined to take up the legislation, the report says.

Another measure to establish a legal defense for people accused of operating vehicles or boats with cannabis in their blood as long as they weren’t intoxicated at the time also did not get a Senate committee hearing, effectively killing the bill for the year.

A Senate committee also refused to hear a bill to establish regulatory testing and packaging requirements for the sale and distribution of craft hemp flower. That measure would have also set age limits on low-THC cannabis products at 21-years-old.

The sweeping rejection of cannabis bills by Indiana lawmakers means the bills will have to wait until the next session – or subsequent sessions – to be reintroduced and reconsidered by the legislature.

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