To help make things abundantly clear, Indiana lawmakers have passed a bill that specifically legalizes hemp cigarettes. While the products were already being sold in the state, legislators, like Republican Delegate Danny Marshall, wanted to make sure there was no confusion. Democratic Senator John Edwards sponsored the measure in the Senate despite not being sure who the product would appeal to, according to the press. The bill passed with a vote of 37-3.
One cause for the issue came about during a local Sheriff’s race where a candidate accused another of failing to follow federal laws by allowing the products to be sold in stores.
The state recently approved cannabis decriminalization to reduce the penalty of possession for less than half an ounce. The fine is being dropped to $25 instead of $500 and 30 days in jail.
These measures are being passed as the state continues to embrace hemp as a new crop under federal law. Just as with many states, there are many things to figure out as the legal landscape continues to change around cannabis.
Buyers will have to be 21 to purchase hemp cigarettes, the same age as they need to be to buy tobacco. The consumers interested in the product won’t see much of a change as they continue to find them at specialty shops and gas stations.