Indiana Bill Would Clear Way for Commercial Hemp Market, Set Stage to Nullify Federal Prohibition

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 15, 2018) – A bill filed in the Indiana House would expand the state’s hemp law to prohibit state prosecution of people who sell or possess industrial hemp and industrial hemp products. Passage of this legislation would open the door for a commercial hemp market in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice.

Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) introduced House Bill 1137 (HB1137) on Jan. 9. The legislation would clarify the existing hemp law in Indiana to prevent state prosecution of people selling hemp or hemp products.

“Except as provided in subsection (a), a person may process, manufacture, possess, transport, sell, distribute, buy, or otherwise use industrial hemp or industrial hemp products if the industrial hemp was planted, grown, cultivated, harvested, and processed by persons licensed under this chapter or by persons in another jurisdiction according to the laws of that jurisdiction. A person who engages in an activity under this subsection is not subject to a civil or criminal action or penalty under state law.”

Practically speaking, passage of HB1137 would end state prosecution of individuals or businesses selling CBD oil and other hemp products. …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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