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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Indiana

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Bill would also permit licensed production of industrial hemp

INDIANAPOLIS -- A bill introduced this week by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) would remove criminal penalties and the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Indiana, and replace them with a civil citation and a fine, similar to a parking ticket.

The bill would also permit the licensed production of industrial hemp, a non-psychoactive agricultural crop used to produce a wide variety of legal products. It has been assigned to the Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law, chaired by Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis).

Under current state law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana (approximately one ounce) is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Possession of any more than 30 grams is a felony punishable by up to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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