In 2013, Indiana's Senate came up with a bill attempting to reduce penalties on certain kinds of cannabis possession. Governor Mike Pence refused to sign the bill into law. He famously said, "We need to focus on reducing crime instead of reducing penalties.
In April 2017, Indiana's Governor, Eric Holcomb, signed a law that allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat uncontrollable seizures. This was great progress.
CNN's Story on Cannabis
CNN's story on how medical marijuana made a little Illinois girl to recover from debilitating seizures that she had since the age of two swayed the national opinion on medical marijuana. It contributed to the legalization of CBD oil for the treatment of uncontrollable seizures in Indiana.
Ashley the little girl in the CNN story was on a number of medications that had serious side effects including seizures, memory loss, and mood swings. Since she started using CBD, she no longer required the medications and she went from having hundreds of life-threatening seizures in a day to having only two seizures in a week.
A Brief Intro to Indiana's Marijuana Laws
Indiana's marijuana laws affect the possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Possessing even the smallest amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor crime. A person charged with possessing marijuana requires the assistance of a drug lawyer in Terre Haute.
Cannabis prohibition in Indiana started in 1913 with the enforcement of a legislation banning the sale of marijuana. Since then, there have been a number of failed attempts to decriminalize cannabis.
A 2013 bill seeking to allow the possession of small amounts of pot did not go beyond committee. In 2015, there was a failed attempt to legalize medical marijuana. CBD oil finally became legal in 2017.
Recreational Use of Marijuana
The recreational use of cannabis is legal in nine American states and the District of Columbia. Recreational marijuana use is also legal in Canada, Uruguay, South Africa, and Georgia.
Many countries including the Netherlands and Spain have adopted limited enforcement. Thus, the sale of cannabis happens in licensed establishments.
Medical Use of Marijuana
The District of Columbia and 31 American states allow the medical use of cannabis. Medical marijuana is also legal in Italy, Israel, Germany, Chile, Columbia, Greece, Poland, Peru, Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.
The Bottom Line
The United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs ratified in 1961 regulates the legality of marijuana in most countries. Other policies include the Convention against the Illicit Traffic of Narcotic Drugs and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances.