An interesting bill was proposed in the legislative session of the Indiana Senate that would have reduced criminal implications of marijuana possession and allowed for production of hemp in certain circumstances. It appears that the bill has not gone anywhere in terms of moving forward through the legislative process, but it is interesting to see if Indiana will start to move towards reducing the criminal justice system impact on marijuana possession.
For instance in this bill, possessing less than two ounces of marijuana would have been a class C infraction, which is the equivalent of a traffic violation (a civil matter – no incarceration or probation, just a fine). Right now, that type of possession will carry a minimum label of a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a possible jail sentence of up to one year (not to mention probation costs, fines, drug treatment programs, etc).
It will be interesting to see if Indiana does move towards decriminalization of marijuana offenses. But right now, if you are caught with any amount of marijuana you will be facing criminal sanctions.
If you are facing a marijuana case, call my office today at 574-387-6529 to get experienced representation.
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