Last updated on 13 July 2021
CBD with not more than 0.3% THC nowadays is allowed in Indiana under certain restrictions for the sold product.
How did CBD become legal in Indiana?
Indiana was one of the first states to ban the sale of cannabis without prescription in 1913. In early 2013, efforts were initiated to try and change the legislation, but the efforts found minimal success. 2015 other bills were introduced to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying medical conditions with a doctor’s recommendation. Unfortunately, it was also denied. It was only until April 2017 that the allowance, to use CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC for patients with seizures, was signed. However, it didn’t specify how patients could purchase it. Holcomb signed SB 52 in March 2018. The bill allowed the sale and use of CBD for any use as long as it contained less than 0.3% THC.
In addition, the product can only be sold in Indiana, but only if it has been batch tested by an independent testing laboratory and is packaged with information on the label or a QR code. Doctors cannot prescribe CBD because there is no recommended daily allowance or universal dose for patients. They can only recommend it to their patients.
Alongside Iowa, Indiana has very specific requirements to CBD products.
Is Cannabis legal in Indiana?
Medical and recreational use of cannabis is illegal in Indiana. There is no medical marijuana program in Indiana.
Are there any penalties for using CBD in Indiana?
The possession of cannabis-derived CBD or CBD with more than the legal amount of THC per weight is illegal in Indiana.
The first possession is punishable by use to 180 day imprisonment and a $1000 fine. If the CBD products contain less than 30 grams but you have a prior drug offense, you face one year of imprisonment and a $5000 fine. In comparison with other states Indiana has one of the harshest marijuana laws. Under current law, the position of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a fine up to $5000.
Hemp-derived CBD is legal, as long as it contains no more than 0.3% of THC. In Indiana medical and recreational use is illegal.