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Indiana: Legislation Pending To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Indiana: Legislation Pending To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Legislation is pending in the Indiana Senate to amend marijuana possession penalties (of two ounces or less) from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, and a criminal record to a Class C infraction.

In 2010, the FBI reported that police made nearly 13,000 arrests for marijuana possession violations. This total was the 20th highest total reported of any state in the nation.

The measure also authorizes the production of industrial hemp as an agricultural product. According to a fall 2013 statewide survey by Ball State University, a majority of Hoosiers support amending state laws so that marijuana is legalized and regulated.

You can read the full text of Senate Bill 314 here.

Please take time today to contact your Senate member and urge him or her to support SB 314:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12786

NORML will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward. More information on these legislative efforts is available from Indiana NORML.

Sincerely,
The NORML Team






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