Indiana’s legislators in the lower house have approved a reform that would authorize hemp flowers, undoing regulations under the jurisdiction’s present hemp regulation implemented in 2019.
Last week, the 1224 House Bill was ascended by the region’s State assembly. It would efficiently undo a state prohibition against smokable hemp which is presently being challenged in a state court by industry group, the Midwest Hemp Council, and other petitioners. The reform would also reverse a regulation that only permits hemp flowers to registered Indiana processors.
Representative Everhart Sean, who submitted the reform, asserted that the flower is the plant’s most lucrative component and there’s a high demand for it. He added that the reform will authorize it, and enable the state’s retailers, farmers, and customers to grow and use that commodity.
However, in case hemp flower is authorized in the state, police, and prosecutors will make it onerous for law enforcement officials to determine whether a marijuana substance is illegal or legal. Industry stakeholders say a fast roadside test created at Purdue University may assist officers to identify if a bud is hemp or marijuana.
Three reforms that would authorize hemp flowers have tabled in 2021 to the Indiana General Assembly, however, House Bill 1224 is still in motion. The proposed legislation has to go through the State Senate before being signed at the governor’s desk.
Indiana growers have been nurturing hemp since the 2014 hemp pilot program. However the state’s legislators criminalized hemp flowers in 2015, and the hemp flower ban remained in place when Indiana’s current hemp Legislation was implemented in 2019.
According to Indiana’s figures, the state’s hemp lands increased to 5,300 acres during 2019 up to 9000 acres last year. Indoor growing space increased from 500,000 to 1.7M during the same period.