Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed in Indiana

Indiana Statecannabisthc Senator Karen Tallian has filed Senate Bill 284, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 284 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to twelve plants, for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions include AIDS/HIV, anorexia, severe nausea, arthritis, seizures, Chrohn’s disease, migraine headaches, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and “any persistent or chronic illness or condition that, in the opinion of a physician, substantially limits the ability of a person to conduct one or more major life activities; or may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or mental or physical health if not alleviated; if the illness or condition may be improved by the use of marijuana.”

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Announced in Indiana

Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian has announcedindiana that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, which will be discussed in the upcoming legislative session which begins next month.

Senator Tallian last year introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, though that proposal unfortunately stalled in committee.

“My bills in the past have only addressed the decriminalization of marijuana, but I had planned on including a medical facet of the proposal that would allow for medical marijuana in Indiana,” said Tallian in a recent press release. “For this upcoming session, I have a bill ready to file to legalize medical marijuana.”

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Indiana Legislature Approves Hemp Legalization, Measure Heads to Governor

Indiana’s legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 357a proposal to legalize industrial hempindianahemp. The measure was approved unanimously through the Senate last month, and was approved with a 93 to 4 vote through the House of Representatives earlier this week; given that the House amended the bill, the Senate needed to sign-off on it one more time, which they did today. The measure now heads to Governor Mike Pence for consideration.

Under the proposed law, the cultivation of industrial hemp would be legal for those who become licensed with the state to do so.

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Indiana House Votes to Legalize Hemp

In a 93 to 4 vote Indiana’s House of Representatives has given approval to Senate Bill 357a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in the state. The measure (given an amendment was accepted) nowindianaflag heads back to the Senate – which has already approved the measure, unanimously – before heading to the governor for consideration.

The proposal would legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp, as well as hemp oil, for those who become licensed with the state.

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Indiana Proposal to Legalize Hemp Advances in House

Indiana’s House of Representatives has approved Senate Bill 357 – a proposal to legalize hemp – through its 2nd readingindianahemp.

Senate Bill 357 was approved unanimously through the Senate earlier this month, and was passed – also unanimously – through the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee earlier this week.

The measure is expected to be given final approval in the House in the coming days. It will then go back to the Senate for one last vote (this is necessary since an amended was passed during its 2nd reading), before heading to the governor.

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Indiana House Committee Unanimously Approves Hemp Legalization Proposal

Indiana’s House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 357, a proposal to legalize hemp. The measure has already been approved by thempresearchhe state’s full Senate.

“This is a plant that has been used for centuries throughout the world and has tremendous potential,” says Senator Richard Young, the bill’s primary sponsor.

The proposal would legalize hemp cultivation for those who become licensed with the state.

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Indiana Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp

Indiana’s full Senate has given approval to Senate Bill 357, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. The measure was approved unanimously last week by the Senate Agriculture Committeehemp-growing-in-berliin-199x300, and now moves to the House of Representatives, where its passage will send it to the governor for final consideration.

During the bill’s public hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee, not one individual or organization spoke in opposition, while numerous spoke in favor.

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Indiana Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Hemp Legalization Proposal

Yesterday Indiana’s Senate Agriculture Committee gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 357, a measure to legalize hemp under state law.

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“This is a plant that has been used for centuries throughout the world and has tremendous potential,” says Senator Richard Young, the bill’s primary sponsor.

The proposal now moves to the full Senate for debate, where its passage would send it to the House of Representatives; its passage there would send it to the governor for final consideration.says Senator Richard Young, the primary sponsor of the proposal.

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New Survey: 78% in Indiana Support Legalizing and Taxing Cannabis

The 2013 Hoosier Survey, an annual statewide opinion poll conducted by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University,Cannabis leaf has found that a large majority of those in Indiana are in support of legalizing and taxing cannabis; in fact, the poll found 78% to be in support of taxing cannabis “like alcohol/cigarettes”, with only 19% opposed to such a move.

Even more surprising is that support was solid among all party affiliations; according to researchers for the survey, the difference in support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents is “negligible”.

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Industrial Hemp Could be Indiana’s Next Cash Crop, By Senator Young Jr.

By Senator Richard D. Young Jr.

Indiana’s agriculture sector has long been the backbone of the Hoosier economy. In 2011 alone, the Indiana Business Research Center estimates Indiana ag contributed $37.9 billion in economic output and supported 18-hemp190,000 jobs. To ensure agriculture remains a vital driver of economic activity, it’s imperative lawmakers consider common sense options to improving and diversifying yields.

One such option is the cultivation of industrial hemp.  Industrial hemp has not been grown legally in the Unites States since 1958. In 1970, the federal government lumped industrial hemp with marijuana, outlawing the production of either. In their shortsightedness, the federal government ignored the safety and economic potential of industrial hemp.

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