Indiana lawmakers confused on cannabis legalization

Indiana lawmakers confused on cannabis legalization

The legality of cannabis by U.S. jurisdiction

It’s interesting to see how each state addresses its cannabis position. Indiana lawmakers seemed to be confused on cannabis legalization.

As reported by Brandon Smith of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations

In the US, the use of cannabis is illegal under federal law for any purpose.  The CSA, Controlled Substances Act, of 1970 classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, determined to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use – thereby prohibiting even medical use of the drug.

Despite this, most states have legalized either or both the medical or recreational use of cannabis.  States that have legalized either recreational or medical marijuana have done so in direct conflict with the federal government, creating tension between the rights of states to create their own laws and the authority of the federal government

The Indiana legislature has been more seriously considering marijuana legalization for about 4 years. The debate over that period hasn’t fundamentally changed.

After 4 hours of public testimony, much of it conflicting, Indiana lawmakers appear no closer to deciding whether to legalize cannabis.

The legislature has been examining the subject for about four years. And the testimony in a legislative study committee this week didn’t differ much from what lawmakers have heard before.

Katie Wiley is the chief legal officer for Stash Ventures, the parent company for cannabis growers and sellers in Michigan. She said that as a mother, she wants legal and regulated cannabis to help prevent an unregulated black market.

“If my child got their hands on something, I would want to know what was in it,” Wiley said. “I would want to know it’s safe, it’s effective and that there is a control around it.”

Many in Indiana feel Eli Lilly and Roach has a lot to do with the delay of legalization.

Interestingly enough, you can buy hemp-based THC legally in Indiana through the loophole in the most recent farm bill. So in a way, THC is legal and illegal in Indiana. Indiana lawmakers are confused on cannabis legalization like many of their residents.


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