Indiana Lawmakers Will Explore Marijuana Decriminalization And Delta-8 THC Regulations This Summer

Indiana Lawmakers Will Explore Marijuana Decriminalization And Delta-8 THC Regulations This Summer
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“We in Indiana have been slower to go that direction than states that are surrounding us, as you all know, but we don’t live in a vacuum.” Casey Smith, Indiana Capital Chronicle Indiana lawmakers this summer and fall will discuss potential regulations for THC products, as well as possible decriminalization of marijuana. Whether those deliberations will result in forward momentum is still undetermined as legislation often fails to materialize from these interim meetings. The public health summer study committee will focus on “delta-8, delta-9, and other THC products regarding potential health benefits, potential decriminalization, and other potential consequences,” according to the agenda approved by legislative leaders from both caucuses. While lawmakers said total marijuana decriminalization is on the table for debate, they will also explore restrictions around the sale of products like delta-8, including age requirements for purchasing. Delta-8 is a chemical compound derived from hemp, which was legalized federally in the 2018 Farm Bill and gives users a weaker high than delta-9, the chemical found in marijuana. “It’s important to inform ourselves on delta-8 and delta-9,” Republican State Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray said. “I think a lot of members of the General Assembly aren’t overly familiar with what those products are.” Bray said he’s not sure what, if any, legislation will come from the committee but believes it’s an important issue to study. “We in Indiana have been slower to go that direction than states that are surrounding us, as you all know, but we don’t live in a vacuum,” he  said. “We have to figure out where we are and this is going to be an important conversation to have this summer for where Indiana moves.” Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb expressed reservations about signing a new cannabis law, saying that until marijuana is federally lawful, “we’re getting ahead…

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