Indiana: Lawmakers Approve Legislation Reclassifying Hemp As An Agricultural Commodity

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 19, 2014

    House and Senate lawmakers have signed off on legislation, Senate Bill 357, to reclassify and regulate industrial hemp.

    Members of the Senate had initially approved the legislation by a vote of 48 to zero. House members then voted 93 to 4 in favor of a slightly amended version of the measure. Lawmakers in both chambers agreed last week on a final version of the bill — sending it to Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who must either sign the measure into law or veto it.

    As passed, the measure reclassifies cannabis possessing less than 0.3 percent THC as an industrial crop. It also seeks to establish licensing requirements and regulations governing the production of and commerce in hemp, as well as for the scientific study of the crop. The proposal mandates state regulators to seek federal waivers by no later than January 1, 2015 so that officials can begin the process of licensing applicants to cultivate the crop.

    According to the U.S. Congressional Resource Service, the United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop. However, in February, members of Congress for the first time approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill allowing for the cultivation industrial hemp in agricultural pilot programs in states that already permit the growth and cultivation of the plant. Ten states — California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia — have enacted legislation reclassifying hemp as an agricultural commodity under state law.

    37 responses to “Indiana: Lawmakers Approve Legislation Reclassifying Hemp As An Agricultural Commodity”

    1. bobwv says:

      Good deal but which parachute should I choose. The one with 0.3% thc or the one made with 3% thc hemp fiber? Guess we’ll have to get to that when we can plant it.

    2. Stephen Lovett says:

      US Constitution Amendment XXVIII

      The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating cannabis, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

      This hereby allows federal quantification and taxation. Giving said governing areas legislation.

      Leave it to the states!

    3. Ray says:

      Our nation already grew industrial hemp, after the Japanese invaded and controlled the Asian hemp market around the time of WWII. Then after watching our races mix during the 60s, marijuana prohibition started once again. The marijuana social laws were based on good old Harry Anslinger and his unscientific prohibition.

      Not true? Look at New York City’s fire department. Why are they so racially divided and just lost the law suit to prove it? Because blacks are arrested a lot more than whites. Try and get a job with FDNY with a drug conviction.

      Lots of really good people smoked weed and became great people. Some got caught and became a problem of our criminal system. Non violent means they can function around other people. They don’t need jail. We would socially do a lot better with fines than prisons.

      I’m trying to buy hemp tote bags for a company and all I can find are ones made in China. Anyone know where I can buy made in USA hemp bags?

    4. TheOracle says:

      Just mix some early flowering medical marijuana strain plants in with the industrial here and there. Autoflowering White Widow or the like. Don’t make a path. Don’t be discovered. I’ll shit a brick if Pence signs it. Saw him on a talking head show with a panel of governors, and when asked about cannabis he came across as an asshole.

    5. Stevo says:

      Can the governor even veto a bill with a super-majority in Indiana?

    6. Julian says:

      Oh what a tangled web of hemp we weave when first we dance… The lie has gotten too big for the dog in the manger. It is time for the C.S.Act to retire while they still can…
      Here’s your education:
      -Uses less water than corn
      -Requires no pesticides
      -Requires no herbicides, therefore less water
      -Contains all essential amino acids
      -Can replace petrochemical plastics w/ celulosic plastics (renewable plant-based instead of crude-oil-based plastics)
      -Can provide enough energy to sustain one family for a year from one acre of land
      -Can restore wetlands and old-growth forests
      -Can provide all paper demands for the world
      -Can help treat multiple sclerosis
      -Can build a house entirely
      -Contains up to %80 celullose
      -Will replace corn ethanol for fuel
      -Can replace the poppy fields and stop the wars in Afghanistan
      -Created the first model T entirely built and fueled by hemp
      -Is serious competition to the Koch Brother’s petrochemical and timber patents.
      -Would put synthetic Kraft foods out of business
      -Would create socioeconomic stability throughout the world, spawning a global Green Age of innovation and sustainability.
      -Can reduce the threat of rising oceans
      -Can restore human coexistence with God and Nature.
      This is your brain on hemp…
      Any questions?

    7. mexweed says:

      Indiana is one of those states in which much crop land is given over to raising corn. A high percentage of that corn is expensively used to feed livestock which are turned into meat, a habit which many Americans would do well to reduce.

      I have read that corn is a good precursor crop for cannabis. And if there should ever be more industrial hemp raised than necessary, I have read that hemp is a good precursor crop for TREES. Increased forest (anywhere we can grow some) will eat CO2 and protect against climate harm.

      For service to reforestqation all eyes are on Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ireland, Israel, Italy. Apologies that I posted some of the above on the wrong article yesterday.

    8. shadow says:

      what julian said is all fine and good i just hope you have a plan to keep all those people working

    9. Mark I says:

      Phytoremediation from hemp fields near toxic facilities may not provide medical grade cannabis for patients, but it should prove another positive result of cannabis reclassification.

    10. JOHN IDEMA says: