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Is Marijuana Legal in Indiana? Understanding the State's Strict Marijuana Laws


Indiana remains one of the strictest states when it comes to marijuana laws, both for medical and recreational use. Despite increasing acceptance and legalization in many other parts of the country, possession of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense in the Hoosier state. However, there have been recent efforts to reform these outdated laws.


The Current Legal Status of Marijuana in Indiana

As of 2024, marijuana remains entirely illegal in Indiana for any purpose. There is no provision for medical marijuana use or legal recreational consumption. Even simple possession of a small amount can result in criminal charges:


  • Possession of under 30 grams is a Class B misdemeanor 

  • Possession of over 30 grams is a felony offense

  • Sale or cultivation carries harsher felony penalties


These strict prohibitions make Indiana an outlier compared to its neighboring states. Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio have all legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Kentucky remains the only neighboring state without a comprehensive medical marijuana program.


The Push for Reform

Recognizing the shifting tides around marijuana nationwide, some Indiana lawmakers have advocated for changing the state's outdated marijuana statutes during recent legislative sessions. However, these efforts have faced significant opposition and have yet to gain real traction.


In early 2024, a bipartisan bill (HB 1349) was introduced that would have decriminalized possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana, reducing it to a minor infraction. Possession over 4 ounces would have remained a felony. The proposed legislation never advanced out of committee before the session ended.


While a small step, decriminalization would have been an improvement over the current zero-tolerance policies. It could reduce the number of Hoosiers saddled with criminal records for low-level marijuana offenses each year. However, critics argued it didn't go nearly far enough toward full legalization.


The Benefits of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

If Indiana does eventually reform its marijuana laws, legalizing medical marijuana should absolutely be the top priority from a public health standpoint. An increasing body of research demonstrates the legitimate therapeutic benefits of marijuana for various conditions.


Medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment for:


  • Chronic pain 

  • Epilepsy and seizures

  • Nausea and lack of appetite

  • Multiple sclerosis symptoms

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder


Numerous other states have implemented tightly regulated medical marijuana programs that allow access only for qualifying conditions when recommended by a physician. These programs could serve as models for Indiana if lawmakers opt to provide legal access for patients.


Obtaining a medical marijuana card from a licensed doctor provides a safe, legal avenue to access marijuana without criminal penalties. It also ensures products are lab-tested and properly labelled. Most importantly, it means patients no longer have to put their health at risk by purchasing from unregulated illicit sources.


The Changing Landscape

While Indiana's marijuana laws currently lag behind the majority of other states, public and political attitudes are gradually shifting. A statewide poll in 2022 found that 60% of Indiana residents support legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, with much higher support (88%) for medical use.


The state's harsh stance on marijuana is increasingly out of step with its neighbors and the nation. Reform advocates will likely continue pushing for legislative changes to modernize Indiana's archaic marijuana statutes in the years ahead. Whether decriminalization or broader legalization, many Hoosiers hope the state will adopt more sensible marijuana policies sooner rather than later.


Get Ready for Medical Marijuana in Indiana

Although lawmakers seem to be stalling the inevitable, medical marijuana will be legalized in Indiana eventually. You may have to wait for Indiana’s lawmakers to figure out that their job security may depend on their support for medical marijuana, but you don’t have to wait to start the journey to natural relief!


Reserve an evaluation online today, and we’ll book an appointment for you with one of our qualified, compassionate doctors as soon as Indiana’s medical marijuana market is up and running.


You and your new doctor will discuss your conditions and if you qualify for an Indiana Marijuana Card, as well as what medical marijuana can do for you. And you’ll even save $25 off the cost of your evaluation!


 

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Relief You Can Trust.


We’re dedicated to helping all people safely and conveniently find relief and wellness through access to medical marijuana. By focusing on education and inclusion, we hope to reduce the stigma surrounding marijuana and those who want to use it to enhance their health.


If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-7755, or simply reserve a medical marijuana evaluation today!

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