Indiana is one of the states that is lagging behind the cannabis movement. Marijuana, including hash and hash oil, is listed under the Indiana criminal code as a Schedule I drug. As such, there are many fairly harsh penalties for using and/or possessing cannabis, and even your presence at or knowledge of cannabis use can get you a misdemeanor and 6 months in jail.
Obviously this is a state where caution and knowledge of the laws are very important. Possession of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by not more than 180 days and a possible fine of not more than $1,000. Possession of less than 30 grams and a prior drug offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment and a fine of not more than $5,000. Possession of at least 30 grams of marijuana with a prior conviction for a drug offense is a Level 6 felony punishable by 6 months – 2 ½ years’ imprisonment, with the advisory sentence being 1 year and may be fined not more than $10,000. Possession with intent to manufacture, finance the manufacture of, deliver, or, finance the delivery of shall follow the violations listed under “Sale or Cultivation.” Conditional discharge may be available for first-time offenders. The sale of less than 30 grams is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. A subsequent offense is a level 6 felony punishable by 6 months – 2 ½ years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000. The sale of 30 grams – less than 10 pounds is a Level 6 felony punishable by 6 months – 2 ½ years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000 As you can see there are some pretty draconian laws in place here so again, please be very aware to use caution if you want to medicate in this state.
They are trying however: The Indiana General Assembly concluded its 2016 session without making progress on a single marijuana bill. While many bills were introduced by smart and compassionate lawmakers, such as Sen. Karen Tallian’s comprehensive medical marijuana bill, SB 209, not a single one advanced beyond committee.
Marijuana is NOT legal in Indiana – not even medical, and we would caution you to be extremely careful if you do medicate, and definitely do not drive – they’re not kidding!
Is Marijuana legal in Indiana?
No. As of July 2016, neither medical nor recreational marijuana are legal in Indiana.
Where can I buy marijuana?
Currently, there are no legal outlets in Indiana where residents can purchase marijuana for recreational purposes. Make no mistake, people ARE buying weed. Unfortunately, their government still believes it has the right to deny its citizens the basic human right of consuming this sacred and medicinal plant. As a result, all of that potential tax money and ability to ensure the product is safer and tested if lost in the illegal market.
We never condone breaking the law, but if you want to see what people report to be spending on weed in Indiana, check out Price of Weed.
How can I learn more about unfair implementation of the current drug laws?
The ACLU has written a report about the racially biased implementation of drug laws in their report, The War on Marijuana in Black and White. If you are not yet aware, please read this. The “War on Drugs” has effectively been a war on people of color, their families and their neighborhoods.
How can I help legalize marijuana in Indiana?
There are 6 different NORML chapters in the state of Indiana, including one on campus at Purdue University.