It’s Official, Indiana Will NOT Legalize Cannabis Until Federal Govt. Does

As many already anticipated, anti-cannabis governor of #Indiana, Eric Holcomb, made a recent announcement stating that he will NOT consider #medical #marijuana approval, decriminalization, or any type of regulatory infrastructure until #cannabis is federally legal; but that he’s ‘open’ to allowing regulated #sales once prohibition ends.

Penalties for possession are rather harsh in Indiana, which is one of the most restrictive states in the entire country. A first offense of possession of up to 30 #grams of #flower is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and up to 180 days in jail. If you have priors, you’re looking at class A misdemeanors and even #felony charges. Same goes for subsequent #possession charges. If you’re found to be growing and/or distributing, or if you have concentrates, you’re looking at a possible felony for your first offense.

During a year-end interview with #Indy Politics conducted earlier this week, Holcomb was asked what he thought about lawmakers starting the process of setting up some type of licensing and retail structure so when cannabis does become #legal, Indiana will be ready to launch their own program. “I don’t mind that at all,” the governor replied. Although Holcomb is on board with getting a #game plan in place for the #future, he made sure to emphasize that cannabis #legalization is not a top priority for him, and that no circumstances will sway him to act on this matter before the federal government does. In the meantime, Holcomb said he does want to see more research into cannabis. “I would encourage research, proper research, to be conducted,” he added. “We’ve got Indiana #University and #Purdue University that agree to participate in—an ag school, a medical school—to do the proper research as they would with any other controlled substance and get the #Food and Drug Administration involved in and get real data.”

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