Indiana Church Plans Pot-Smoking Worship Service In Test Of Religious Freedom

Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis plans to host its inaugural worship service July 1, the same day the state’s controversial religious freedom law takes effect.

INDIANA:  Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis plans to host its inaugural worship service July 1, the same day the state’s controversial religious freedom law takes effect. If all goes according to plan, the service will offer a bold test of the law’s ban on government burdens on the exercise of religion. Adherents of the recently established church Read the full article…

Whoops: Indiana’s Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Act Opens The Door For The First Church of Cannabis

Levin’s new church may need the money: It’s still looking for a place to lease so it can hold its first church service on July 1, when Levin promises that worshippers “will light up” and fill the sanctuary with marijuana smoke.

INDIANA:  In a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the First Church of Cannabis in the Hoosier State. While Governor Mike Pence (R) was holding a signing ceremony for the bill allowing businesses and individuals to deny Read the full article…

2 Bills Filed That Would Allow Medical Marijuana In Indiana

When A Green Alternatives does open, it will be the first legal medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego and the second in the county.

INDIANA:  Two Democratic lawmakers have filed bills that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Indiana, although neither measure is likely to advance in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Sen. Karen Tallian of Portage and Rep. Sue Errington of Muncie are sponsoring bills that would allow Indiana residents to use marijuana for medical purposes with a Read the full article…

Pot Laws Elsewhere May Doom Medical Marijuana In Indiana

As more states loosen their marijuana laws, it may be harder for the lawmakers from Indiana to make their case for legalization.

INDIANA:  State Sen. Karen Tallian posted details of her plan to allow medicinal use of marijuana on Facebook this week, drawing thousands of supportive comments. The Democrat had given up a years-long push to decriminalize the drug, instead narrowing her focus to making pot a legal painkiller when prescribed by doctors for certain life-threatening or Read the full article…

Study Looks At Marijuana’s Impact On Brain

Indiana University researchers Brian O’Donnell and Sharlene Newman are studying the impact of marijuana on the brain.

INDIANA:  Though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country, little is definitively known about its impact on the brain. A study taking place at Indiana University is designed to help change that. Clinical psychologist Brian O’Donnell and colleague Sharlene Newman are recruiting current and former marijuana users to participate in a study in Read the full article…

Is Indiana Ready To Legalize Marijuana?

"I'm trying something a little different," Tallian said. "I'm hoping to get a little more sympathy to getting a hearing."

INDIANA:  State Sen. Karen Tallian has tried for years to legalize marijuana. The Democrat from Portage, Ind., has introduced bills that would have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Those efforts have so far failed. This coming session, Tallian hopes a more narrowly defined bill to legalize marijuana for people with certain medical Read the full article…

Indiana Seeks Federal Approval For Growing Hemp

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

INDIANA:  Indiana‘s seed commissioner is seeking federal approval for the state’s farmers to begin growing industrial hemp under a newly passed state law. Seed Commissioner Robert Waltz said Thursday that he’s asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant the state permission to allow hemp to be grown for Read the full article…

Indiana Bill To Legalize Hemp Advances

“There are all sorts of applications for the the product,” said Bob Kraft of Farm Bureau, “and there really is no reason whatsoever to keep it on the restricted crop list.”

INDIANA:  Indiana is one step closer to legalizing hemp. A committee in the Indiana House gave unanimous approval to a bill that would clear the way for hemp production if the federal government gives the go-ahead. It’s an effort supported by the people who want legalized marijuana but is not considered to be a step Read the full article…

Hoosier Governor Says Legalizing Marijuana Is A Step Too Far

"I don't support the legalization of marijuana, and that's been my position for a long time and will continue to be," Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

INDIANA: Washington and Colorado may have blazed the trail by legalizing marijuana, but not all U.S. states are rushing to follow their lead, governors from several states in the Midwest and the East Coast said on Sunday. “I don’t support the legalization of marijuana, and that’s been my position for a long time and will continue Read the full article…

Indiana Bill Advances To Legalize Pot’s Less Potent Cousin: Hemp

FlexForm uses hemp to make the insides of interior doors and armrests at its Elkhart County facility.

INDIANA:  Gregg Baumbaugh has 4,000 pounds of cannabis sitting in his automobile parts manufacturing plant. It wasn’t illegal for him to import it, but it’s against the law for Indiana farmers to grow the variety of cannabis he buys in bulk. Baumbaugh wants to see that changed. The “weed” he uses to make the insides Read the full article…