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Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the Senate on Thursday. House Bill 1148, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would make the use of CBD oil legal for the treatment of specific forms of epilepsy […]

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Church of Cannabis files lawsuit, cites RFRA

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The recently formed Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday fighting for protections to use marijuana during services under the name of religious freedom. Bill Levin held a press conference Wednesday at the Statehouse where he announced the filing of the lawsuit. The Church of Cannabis said the Religious Freedom […]

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Bill to making rolling papers legal, change other paraphernalia laws moves to House

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Drug paraphernalia regulations may be changing. The bill stipulating that rolling papers – the paper used to roll marijuana joints – would no longer be considered drug paraphernalia unanimously passed the Senate on Thursday. When reviewing a law that passed last session, Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, found that possession […]

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5 reasons Indiana may be one of the last states to OK marijuana

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Even though a Ball State survey finds 52 percent of Hoosiers support making marijuana a regulated substance, Indiana may be one of the last states to legalize it. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana around the nation, while Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have legalized it for recreational use. […]

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Bill exempts rolling papers from drug paraphernalia law

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill approved unanimously Tuesday by a Senate committee could make it legal for individuals to possess the paper used to roll marijuana joints because that type of drug paraphernalia has some legal uses. The bill would also reduce the penalties for possession of other drug paraphernalia. Sen. Rodric […]

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Webcast: The legislature begins, Gov. Pence presents a budget & more

Anchors Jacob Rund and Andi TenBarge give us the rundown of the beginning of the 2015 legislative session. Reporters Adam Lee, Kiara Patton, Andi TenBarge and Deron Molen were at the Statehouse to give us the details. TheStatehouseFile TV – Episode 1 The legislature begins 1-10-2015 on Vimeo.

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Long: State should wait, watch before legalizing marijuana

By Levi Lotz TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana Senate said Tuesday that a bill to legalize the use and distribution of medical marijuana in Indiana needs work and lawmakers should wait before approving it. Senate President Pro-Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill – proposed by Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage – […]

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Pelath: Lawmakers should debate medical marijuana bill

Indiana considers medical marijuana proposal on Vimeo. By Erika Brock The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The minority leader in the Indiana House said Monday the legislature should discuss whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana for medical purposes. Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said he supports the conservation because he had lost his father to cancer […]

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Tallian to push legalization of medical marijuana

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After several failed attempts to pass laws that would decriminalize marijuana, state Sen. Karen Tallian has decided to enact a different strategy. In the 2015 session, Tallian, D-Portage, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and establish an agency to create and oversee its […]

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Poll: Hoosiers oppose marriage amendment, tax cut

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A majority of Hoosiers oppose a proposed cut in income taxes as well as a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage but support the decriminalization of marijuana, according to a new poll by Ball State University and WISH-TV. The survey, which polled more than 600 Hoosiers 18 years and […]

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