Indiana CBD Laws


Indiana recently legalized the use of CBD oil in 2018. This Midwestern state has always had a negative attitude towards cannabis and this is reflected in the laws related to CBD and marijuana in general. Also, there are very severe laws related to possession of marijuana, which are among the strictest in the USA.

CBD Oil Indiana aka the Hoosier State

As a result of the Agricultural Act of 2014, which legalized hemp on a federal level, the state of Indiana has passed Senate Bill 357, allowing the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp with state-approved licenses. But this law did not say anything about the use of CBD products, and it was four years later that this issue was put in front of the state legislators.

On March 21, 2018, on the displeasure of many Indiana politicians, the Governor signed the Senate Bill 52 into law legalizing the use of CBD oil. The law stipulates that the CBD oil and other CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC and should have a certificate that they are derived from industrial hemp.

Hemp and CBD – Basics

Hemp (cannabis) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the history of mankind. It grows very fast and is used as a raw material for the production of fiber, rope, textile, paper, food, biofuel, and of course, the production of CBD. The hemp plants are sowed very closely; they grow up to 5 meters (16 feet) tall and are very resilient to diseases, producing good yields, and are very environmentally friendly plants.

The basic use of hemp in the USA is to produce CBD, fiber, paper, food and animal feed. The CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids the cannabis plants produce, and together with THC are by far the most famous cannabinoids. CBD is primarily used for its medicinal properties, while THC is used by recreational users of marijuana.

There are cannabis plants that produce a lot of CBD and almost no THC, and today these are known as industrial hemp, and there are varieties that produce a lot of THC and very little CBD, known as marijuana. There are varieties that have a balanced THC vs. CBD ratio, and these are appreciated by the people looking for the medicinal benefits this amazing plant brings. Here I present you two varieties with balanced CBD vs. THC ratio.

  • Pennywise is not the Stephen King clown, but a very good strain with a 1:1 THC vs. CBD ratio, ranging about 12% each, with gentler effects on the mind and body. The THC provides a relaxed, uplifted feeling, with a clear head, while the CBD provides excellent anxiety relief, helps with depression, pain, inflammation, and nausea. Some people have reported that this strain does wonders as a libido booster.
  • Argyle may sound Scottish, but it is made in Canada with Afghanistan roots. This strain has a THC vs. CBD ratio of 1:1, with contents ranging from 6 – 13%, which provide excellent medical effects. The THC gives a focused head buzz, with happy feelings, and the CBD provides excellent relief from pain, muscle spasms, cramps, inflammation, stress, and depression, and helps with ADHD, PTSD, and migraines.

Indiana CBD oil law

With the Farm Bill of 2014, the cultivation of hemp for research and commercial purposes was made legal in Indiana, but it did not allow the use of CBD products. Governor Eric Holcomb signed a law in March 2018, legalizing the use of CBD oil, provided it contains at least 10% CBD and less than 0.3% THC. The first sales of CBD oil products began in July 2018.

The CBD products sold in Indiana need to be in accordance to the state-prescribes regulations, such as proof that they are derived from industrial hemp, and contain a QR code that links to proof of origin, certificate of authenticity and confirmed lab test results.

Medical Marijuana

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is still not legal in the Hosier State. There are talks that the legislative body of the state is thinking of allowing the use of medicinal marijuana, but there is nothing concrete. Many Indianans are eagerly waiting for any word on a bill that will legalize the medicinal use of marijuana so they won’t need to go to neighboring states to get treatment.

No weed in the Crossroads of America

There is no allowing anyone in Indiana to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes. The adult use of weed is strictly forbidden, and if anyone is caught with a small amount of marijuana on them, they are facing a minimum of 180 days in jail, plus $1K fine. Depending on the prosecution, the amount found and prior offenses, people may end up in prison from 6 to 30 months, and fined with up to $10,000.

Buying CBD oil in Indiana

There are some retail locations in Indiana selling CBD products, but according to the state laws, these need to possess state-issued licenses and are regularly checked by state police. Also, the products sold here need to have certifications about the CBD and THC content, and proof that the CBD is derived from industrial hemp.

There are stores in Indianapolis and Carmel carrying CBD products, but still, the best offer for Indianans to get their hands on some high-quality CBD products is to go online and order from a reputable seller. This way they can check the certificates of authenticity and the lab test results of the products they are thinking of buying. On top of it all, they will get their product at home.

My advice is to seek out the type of product you’re looking to buy e.g. edibles, tinctures, capsules, vape juice and oils, etc and then take things from there. It’s definitely best that you buy online though, no doubt about that.

To sum things up…

Even though the 2014 US Farm Bill allowed the cultivation and use of hemp product on a federal level, it was in 2018 when the State of Indiana legalized the use of CBD products. These can be used legally as long as they have a minimum of 10% CBD and less than 0.3% THC. Also, the state laws require the products to have proof of origin and to be produced from industrial hemp.

Bad news for Hoosiers, there is state law preventing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and an even stricter law preventing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Hopefully soon at least one of these will change, allowing people with severe health conditions to enjoy the benefits marijuana can bring.

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