Updated on November 19, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Indiana is one of the few states without a viable medical cannabis program. And to make matters more frustrating for patients in Indiana, the surrounding states like Illinois and Michigan have thriving medical and adult-use programs.
Not only does Indiana not have a medical cannabis program, but the legal penalties for simple possession are more punitive than other states. Indiana has not moved to decriminalize personal-use amounts of cannabis for first-time offenders. Residents of Indiana can receive a sentence of a $5,000 fine and one-year imprisonment for a quantity equivalent to a single pre-roll.
There were eleven (11) marijuana bills drafted in 2021 for the state of Indiana. Only one of them became law. That was Senate Bill 200, authored by Sen. Mike Young. The legislation made it a felony offense for any resident of Indiana charged with impaired driving after returning from a neighboring state where marijuana was used.
Impaired driving is already a felony offense, but Senate Bill 200 designates special prosecutors for cannabis-related cases. The legislation was highly criticized but passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 29 to 20. After the first reading, it was referred to the Committee on Courts and Criminal Code on March 4, 2021.
There is no medical cannabis program right now in Indiana. Governor Eric Holcomb has stated many times that he will not support legalization until cannabis is federally legalized.
No medical cannabis is currently available in Indiana because it is not yet legalized. Purchasing cannabis in a neighboring state and traveling over the border to return to Indiana is a felony offense.
Most states require that residents be over the age of eighteen (18) years. There is currently no age requirement as there is no medical cannabis program in the state of Indiana.
Some states require that the physician creates the patient profile. In other states, the patient is responsible for making their application and profile online with the medical cannabis authority. However, this has not been determined because medical cannabis is not legalized in Indiana.
Whether there will be a caregiver program to assist minors who qualify for medical cannabis will be determined when MMJ is legalized in the state of Indiana.
If Indiana follows the legalization roadmap of other neighboring states, adults age twenty-one and older may be qualified to become caregivers for minors.
Renewal and registration fees will be determined when Indiana lawmakers legalize medical marijuana.
States provide a way of requesting a new card when the original medical card has been lost, stolen, or become illegible. This usually involves a fee and an online request form.
There are no current licensed dispensaries in Indiana.
Medical cannabis is not legalized in the state of Indiana in 2021. You cannot currently apply for a medical card in Indiana.
Patient and medical cannabis activists have tried unsuccessfully to legalize cannabis in the state of Indiana. In fact, every year, there are bills introduced that do not pass the Indiana House of Representatives or Senate. There is strong political opposition to cannabis legalization and decriminalization within Indiana. Including the current Gov. Eric Holcomb. Cannabis has been prohibited in the state since 1913.
February, 2013—House Bill 1006 would have decreased the penalties for cannabis possession. An important step to decriminalize the personal use of cannabis possession (small amounts). The Senate did not accept HB 1006 but proposed amendments that would have increased misdemeanor charges to felonies for first-time offenders.
Then-Governor Mike Pence stated, “I think we need to focus on reducing crime, not reducing penalties” in response to the public and political outcry over the proposed amendments.
Source Web 2021: indianahouserepublicans.com
March, 2015—After the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” or RFRA was passed in Indiana, Bill Levin created the First Church of Cannabis. The Church became a registered religious non-profit on March 26, 2015.
The first church service was held on July 1, 2016; the RFRA was ratified and became law. Then, the First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana for infringing on the church’s religious rights by prohibiting cannabis use. The lawsuit ended in a court of appeals. The Church was warned that members would not be protected legally for using cannabis as part of their religious practice.
Source Web 2021: do3017.com
Indiana Board of Pharmacy
State of Indiana – Information Center
402 W Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
Find out more about who qualifies for marijuana in Indiana in our detailed guide to Indiana’s qualification regulations. You can see all the medical conditions that are currently covered under Indiana’s medical marijuana program.
Other details such as age limits, restrictions for those who have been convicted and conditions for caregivers are also included.