Hoosiers, Colts and Auto racing anyone? Indiana may do sports well but when it comes to cannabis they aren’t superstars. In fact, Indiana may have produced more NBA players per capita than any other state but team green is sitting the bench still. When it comes to marijuana, Indiana has some of the harshest penalties in the country.
Possession laws in Indiana are as follows:
30 grams or less, you are looking at a misdemeanor, 1 year in the slammer and a max fine of $5,000.00. Lame. More than 30 grams and you now have yourself a felony , 6 months to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Yikes. 30 grams is just a tad over an ounce for those of us out there who are not math majors.
The cool thing about Indiana is, “conditional discharge MAY be available for first-time offenders.” Keyword there is MAY, and we both know how that often times goes.
Sale and cultivation is a somewhat slippery slope. 30 grams or less on the sales and cultivation side is a misdemeanor and 1 year in jail with a fine of up to $5,000. 30 grams to 10 pounds is a felony, 6 months to 3 years in the pen and a $10,000 fine. More than 10 pounds is a felony, 2 to 8 years in your new home called “jail” and a fine of $10,000. Oh by the way don’t sell or cultivate to minors or within 1000 feet of a school or you are also looking at a felony, jail time of up to 8 years and a fine of $10,000.
As clear as mud…
As for hash and concentrates the specifics are a bit muddy but I’ll do my best. Possessing hash or hash oil (less than 2 grams) or concentrates is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a max fine of $5,000. Possession of more than 2 grams or if you have a prior conviction gets you a shiny new Class D felony, up to 3 years in prison and a max fine of $10,000.
Paraphernalia gets a bit silly as the first time is a “infraction” and up to a $10,000 fine (talk about a waste of money!) and any subsequent convictions are a felony up to 3 years in prison and another $10,000. All for paraphernalia? Give me a break! You will definitely need a good lawyer to get you out of this silly law.
Policies need to be updated
One thing we found to be quite interesting (and unfair) is: In Indiana, African Americans often bear the brunt of unfair enforcement of their archaic marijuana prohibition policies. In Indiana, African Americans are over three times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white counter parts, even though blacks and whites consume marijuana at similar rates.
On the bright side of things. In July of 2014 laws affecting possession, cultivation and the sale of marijuana were amended to reduce the penalties for simple possession. On the not so bright side of things the amendments enhanced the penalties for delivery, possession and the sale or cultivation (of more than 10lbs) within 1,000 feet of a school.
As stated prior, team green is still sitting the bench in Indiana and it looks like it won’t get much playing time in the near future. Keep possession and use to a minimum or be ready to “lawyer up” because it’s going to get dirty out there.
Hiring an Indiana Marijuana Lawyer
If you have drugs problems in Indiana, you will need a Drug Lawyer. You should also be aware of the specific laws in your state. The laws on Marijuana are different for each state. If you need a Marijuana Lawyer in Indiana, check out our Lawyer directory to find one in your area.