Despite Legislative Difficulties, Indiana’s Cannabinoid Advocates Are Getting Creative and Pushing for a Bright Future for the Industry
<![CDATA[Indiana has had a rough past few years despite a strong start in the hemp and cannabinoid industry. After a pandemic, a smokable flower ban in 2019, and two attempts to ban delta-8 THC, business owners feel defeated, isolated, and hesitant to talk about cannabinoid legislation for fear of inciting bans on popular products including delta-8, which remains unregulated in the state.In response, Indiana cannabinoid businesses and advocacy organizations are getting creative—showing up at the statehouse and bringing immersive educational experiences to those who want to learn more. Indiana businesses show how they can support each other through cooperation and networking to create a path to a strong cannabinoid culture and economy, unlike any other state, in true Hoosier fashion. Indiana Businesses Roll With the Punches In 2021, after two years of litigation, H.B. 1124, which sought to retract the ban on smokeable hemp flower in Indiana, died in the statehouse In the same session, a bill to criminalize delta-8 was blocked—a win for many Indiana cannabinoid businesses that thrive on delta-8 sales, a retail industry that exceeded $10 million in sales in 2020, according to New Frontier Data. Business owners say that the back-and-forth struggle to keep cannabinoid businesses afloat in the state is exhausting. Minority businesses, especially, are scared to talk about legislation, fearing retaliation if they speak out. “It’s difficult to have a conversation about cannabinoids because everyone is super secretive about it,” says LeShauna Carr-Kennedy, co-founder and owner of Dr. Blunt CBD + Apothecary. If Indiana doesn’t take steps forward, she’ll have to consider moving her business. “I’m doing research and data-gathering for myself to know what lies ahead of us. What obstacles will there be? We can’t say what Indiana will do. We’ve seen so many different bills on the table that have been shut…
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