Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
As legislation changes in Indiana, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the prospect of medical marijuana in Indiana.
The State of Indiana is gradually reforming their laws and regulations on medical marijuana. Visit this page regularly for updates on bills passed by Indiana’s state government regarding the use of medical cannabis to treat various medical conditions.
From here, you can connect with our network of marijuana doctors in the state and locate accredited pharmacies where you can get your stock of approved quantities of medicinal cannabis. We will also provide regular updates on the laws that control the possession and cultivation of marijuana in The Hoosier State.
Indiana Board of Pharmacy
State of Indiana – Information Center
402 W Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
On February 14, 2017, the Indiana state Senate approved legislation granting epilepsy patients the freedom to make use of cannabis oil in the form of cannabidiol (CBD). The Senate Bill 327 is the first marijuana-related bill to get a hearing and be passed by the Senate. Thereafter, it was sent to the House for consideration.
The bill, which is supposed to take effect from July 1, 2017, defends the possession of cannabidiol if the patient or caregiver’s child or ward has been given a written diagnosis by a physician stating that the person has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome.
The substance that contains the cannabidiol must not contain any THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It must also be sold by a wholesale drug distributor and delivered in packaging that has the origin, concentration and volume of the cannabidiol.
On February 21, 2017, the House, in a unanimous vote of 98 to 0, passed the House Bill 1148 designed to allow patients suffering from epileptic seizures to buy a non-intoxicating form of cannabis oil. When the bill is signed into law by the Indiana state Governor, it will allow epilepsy patients to purchase cannabis oil (that contains 0.3% THC or less) from licensed distributors across the state.
There is legislation on the table to establish a medical marijuana program. SB 255 and HB 1316 will establish the Department of Marijuana Enforcement (DOME) and will permit caregiver and patients with a to possess legal quantities of medical marijuana.
In August 2017, Rep. Jim Lucas announced that he will be introducing medical marijuana legislature at the next legislative session.
In Indiana, possession of marijuana is a Class B offense punishable by six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. Being in possession of marijuana that weighs less than 30 grams after a previous drug offense is punishable by one-year imprisonment and a fine of $5,000 or less.
A person in possession of marijuana without any intention to produce, finance the production of or deliver to end users will be punishable by the laws governing the sale and cultivation of marijuana.
Indiana is presently a very conservative state. So, it’s one of the states where cultivation of marijuana is prohibited for all end users. Currently, the sale of fewer than 30 grams of marijuana attracts a punishment of a maximum of 12 months in jail and a fine of $5,000 or less.
The sale of between 30 grams to 10 pounds of marijuana will attract a jail sentence of six to 30 months and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Based on the provisions of the House Enrolled Act 1263, physicians and other licensed healthcare providers are allowed to use telemedicine services to issue prescriptions for some devices and non-controlled drugs. The prerequisite is that the provider has already established a relationship with the patient.
However, prescriptions for controlled substances like marijuana are not yet allowed to be issued through telemedicine.
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.