How to get Medical Marijuana in Indiana

How To Get Medical Marijuana Cards In Indiana [2020 Update]

Thousands of potential medical marijuana patients would like to know how to get a medical marijuana card in Indiana. But the short answer is no, however, while we’re waiting for lawmakers in the state to get with the program and join the other thirty-plus states that offer medical marijuana, many patients who might benefit from medicinal cannabis do have the option of using cannabidiol, aka CBD, a cannabis oil derived from hemp, the non-intoxicating version of the cannabis plant, rather than from marijuana.

“Now, wait just a minute,” you might be thinking, “didn’t they just legalize hemp and CBD nationwide?” The answer to that question is a little more tricky. Let it suffice to say that what the federal farm bill of 2018 did do was put most of the regulatory power for hemp and CBD production into the hands of the states. And Indiana is still behind the times in that while most states simply allow the sale of CBD oil and CBD-infused edibles, topicals, vape pens, and so forth, Indiana has very strict rules for the production, testing, purchase, and using CBD products. Step out of line and you could fall prey to the state’s Draconian marijuana laws. 

Let’s take a look at the history of marijuana laws in Indiana as well as the current state of affairs related to both marijuana and CBD oil.

***Please contact your Elected Representatives and let them know where you stand on the issue of Medical Marijuana.*** 

Indiana Marijuana FAQ

Indiana Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

What are the Qualifying Debilitating Conditions Required to Receive Medical Marijuana in Indiana?

  • To Be Determined

Below are examples of Qualified Conditions in other states that may qualify patients in Indiana when medical marijuana is approved. 

The Evolution Of Indiana Marijuana Laws

Just to give you a little backstory and some more perspective on the state’s attitudes toward marijuana, let’s have a quick history lesson.

Indiana was one of the earliest states in the U.S. to ban marijuana way back in 2013. It would be another one hundred years before legislators would endeavor to bring some sense of reasonableness into the state’s marijuana policies. Sadly, the push to decriminalize marijuana in Indiana failed miserably.

In February 2013, lawmakers put forth a bill to decriminalize trivial amounts of marijuana. Unfortunately, that bill was killed by Republicans in the state House and never made it out of the gate. Then-governor, now Vice POTUS Mike Pence famously stated: “I think we need to focus on reducing crime, not reducing penalties.” He didn’t think of the fact that if you stop making it a crime to possess marijuana, you reduce crime. 

Then in the early part of 2015, Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced medical marijuana bills that would have legalized the use of cannabis to treat a list of severe conditions with a doctor’s recommendation. Both bills were again squashed by Republicans.

Jump ahead another two years to April 2017. Legislation was passed to allow the use of CBD oil to treat only certain cases of Epilepsy. That law was then expanded upon In March 2018, when legislation was signed that allowed the use of CBD to treat any medical condition. Under the new laws, health care providers who recommend CBD oil to their patients are immune from prosecution under the state’s marijuana laws, as are patients who receive those recommendations. 

But there’s still a catch or two in the latest version of Indiana CBD laws. The CBD oil must meet demanding labeling and testing requirements and must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. By law, every batch of CBD oil whether imported or made in-state must be tested in order to ensure it has less than 0.3 percent THC. 

However, there are no specifications for excessive amounts of contaminants, pesticides, molds, and so on, nor for the amount of CBD in the product. This leaves patients to navigate the Wild West atmosphere in the CBD oil industry where just about anything goes, at the moment. Furthermore, although Indiana has a thriving hemp industry, the bill says nothing about the production of CBD oil in the state. 

At the end of 2018, the federal government legalized hemp and removed it from the country’s list of controlled substances. Many states quickly followed suit. Not Indiana. The possession and use of CBD oil without a doctor’s recommendation is strictly forbidden. That being said, plenty of shops in Indiana are thumbing their noses at state officials and selling it anyway. 

Recently a new bill was passed by the Indiana Senate which attempts to regulate hemp production. The bad news is Senate Bill 516 some of the CBD products that are currently for sale in the state would be made illegal. Also, an amendment was added to the bill at the last minute which bans smokable CBD products and makes it illegal to buy or sell hemp bud. So it looks like things could get worse before they get better.

That being said, many advocates feel that it’s only a matter of time before the state legalizes CBD for all and implements a real medical marijuana program. 

The pressure is on. To the North, Michigan has both a thriving medical marijuana program and a regulated market for adult recreational use of marijuana. And to the east and west of the Hoosier state, both Illinois and Ohio also have legitimate medical marijuana programs. Our time will come.

Indiana Marijuana Q&A

What Are The Indiana Marijuana Penalties?

Indiana’s Draconian Marijuana Laws and Penalties

You might be thinking to yourself, “I can just as easily get the real deal from my local marijuana dealer. Why should I settle for CBD oil.” The answer is because you’ll be putting yourself at risk of spending time in jail as Indiana has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the U.S. As they say, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  • Under Indiana marijuana laws, the possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana is considered a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a possible fine of up to $1,000. 
  • If you’ve got a prior conviction for drug possession that penalty is raised to a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. 
  • Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana is a Level 6 felony punishable by a minimum of 6 months, but up to 2 ½ years imprisonment, and potential fines of up to $10,000. 

If that’s not bad enough, the penalties for selling marijuana in Indiana are far worse. 

  • The sale of fewer than 30 grams is considered a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Get caught again and you’re looking at 6 months to 2 ½ years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 
  • Convictions for marijuana sales involving possession of 30 grams up to 10 pounds of marijuana is considered a Level 6 felony and is punishable by 6 months to 2 ½ years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. 
  • The sale of any amount to a minor is punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Indiana laws related to hashish or cannabis oil are similar to marijuana laws but with limits starting at just 2 grams.

Other Important Questions About Indiana Marijuana

What are the Indiana Medical Cannabis Card Costs?

  • Not Yet Established

How much does a Recommending Marijuana Doctor in Indiana Cost?

  • There are not active MMJ doctors in IN. Average visits to recommending marijuana doctors in active states vary. Typically between 150-300 for an initial visit & 100-200 for follow up visits.

How often do I have to see my Doctor?

  • To Be Determined

How Long Is an Indiana Marijuana Card Good?

  • To Be Determined, however in most states medical cards are valid for 1 year.

My Indiana Medical Marijuana Card has Expired. How to get a Renewal?

  • To Be Determined

What do I need to do if I change my address or other information changes?

  • To Be Determined

Where can I find an Indiana marijuana doctor near me?

There currently are no med marijuana doctors in Indiana. When doctors do become active recommending CBD Oils and THC as treatment for medical conditions, our doctors map is a great place to find marijuana doctors in IN.

What happens if I lose my card?

  • To be determined

The information on my card is wrong or outdated. How do I correct it?

  • To be determined

Can I alter or laminate my card?

  • To be determined

Does the state publish a list of certified marijuana doctors?

  • No

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Get Pre-Certified for Medical Cannabis In Indiana:

For potential IN medical marijuana patients we make it easy to connect with a recommending MedCard doctor. You will also receive updates & news relative to marijuana in Indiana. If you are interested simply fill out the patient registration form and a clinic representative will contact you as available. Legal Residents Only Please.

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Indiana Medical Marijuana FAQ's

Frequently asked questions we receive regarding IN marijuana.

Once I have my Indiana MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?

You will go to a state licensed dispensary. You can find them on Nationwide Dispensaries.

Once I have my IN MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?

To be determined.

How much legal weed can I have in IN with a card?

To be determined.

Can I Smoke Weed Once Qualified?

To be determined.

Can I take my medical cannabis to a different state?

Medical marijuana patients in all states may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

Who Can Use Marijuana in Indiana?

No one – yet.

CBD is for sale online in the forms of oils, topicals, flower and tinctures. CBD products for sale are also in head shops, pet stores and holistic shops around town. Is this CBD Oil legal in Indiana?

Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States.

Will CBD, Hemp, or cannabidiol oil get me high?

No

What is the difference between CBD & THC?

Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.

Is CBD for Pets really a thing?

Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments.

Where can I get CBD for pets?

You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.

Are THC edibles allowed in Indiana?

No.

How Much Should I consume?

You should always consult with a licensed Indiana medical marijuana doctor before using medical marijuana in any forms.

Where To Purchase CBD In Indiana

More and more shops across the state of Indiana are beginning to offer CBD oil, CBD edibles, CBD skin creams, CBD vape oil, and just about anything else CBD you can imagine. CBD shops are especially prevalent in larger cities such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, and South Bend. And probably not one of them will ask for a note from your doctor. Some of these shops also carry CBD products for pets. 

If you would prefer to have a larger selection to choose from and would like to have your CBD oil delivered right to your door, there are just as many websites selling CBD online.


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