22 Jan Indiana Legislation: 2020 Short Session
Indiana is currently in the 2020 short session for legislature. Two of the strongest themes in this session are education and lowering health care costs however there are a few bills regarding hemp and the sale and possession of hemp. The session started Monday 1/13/2020 and will continue through 3/11/2020. The bill filing deadline has passed however it is believed Chris Judy of Fort Wayne may have a bill for the Indiana Hemp Industry and Rep. Eberhart also may have a bill regarding craft hemp flower. According to Justin Swanson, who is the Midwest Hemp Council president, we may have the opportunity to be one of the first states in the country to place common sense regulations around the sale and possession of craft hemp flower.
Currently in Indiana we must keep the “total” THC concentration below 0.3%. The goal is to have no psychoactive products to hit the market for consumers, however in Indiana, laws take into consideration total THC even though it is only the Delta 9 that is psychoactive. One of the goals in these bills is to possibly raise the level of “total” THC to be 1% allowing farmers to be successful in this industry, where they may even be able to process some of these levels down before it its the market to consumers. Nationwide testing consistency is very inconsistent although the industry is currently working on improving these consistencies.