Take Action: Urge your state legislators to support taxing and regulation of cannabis in Indiana!

It's time to Grow
Indiana, Together.

Learn how Cannabis Legalization works to keep money and
jobs in Indiana, while boosting tax revenues, funding our
schools, police, and communities.

Because the more we know, the more we grow.

discover the
social & economic
benefits of
legalization in
the hoozier
state

ECONOMY BOOSTING

Taxpayers of Indiana, rejoice! Legalization means a lot of positive things for
our local economy. Did you know legal states have generated over $8 Billion,
averaging over $1 Billion Snnually, in sales tax revenues since
legal adult-use sales began in 2014.

Time for Indy to get a piece of the pie.

Legalization of hemp & cannabis will further support our farmers and our economy, while generating user fee revenue for the state instead of other taxes.

POLICE POSITIVE

The Indiana Police work hard to keep Hoosiers safe. Legalization of hemp & cannabis supports our law enforcement officers’ focus on serious crimes of violence and more serious and dangerous public safety threats, rather than the significant resources currently being used in policing minor cannabis possession.

A vote for legalization is a vote to keep Indiana safe and optimize where our resources are allocated.

COMPASSIONATE

Legalization of hemp & cannabis will also significantly help in supporting Indiana’s healthcare burden and in addressing residents’ concern for social justice.

Indiana needs to address its major healthcare issues. Cannabis legalization has had both an economic benefit to states by reducing healthcare expenditure, but it has also helped reduce opioid mortality rates.

Indiana's Future Self-Directed

It’s time to vote, Indiana. Lack of legislation within our state means we are allowing federal direction to choose for us. By getting involved now, we can have the fate of legalization in Indiana chosen and directed by its citizens, rather than waiting for federal regulations to pass as influenced by other states.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE AND VOICE YOUR SUPPORT!

Frequently Asked
Questions

Adult access to cannabis is clearly growing across the US as the movement continues to build momentum. Currently, 238 million US citizens (over 72% of the population) live in 37 states with legal access to medical or adult-use cannabis or marijuana. When hemp-based (CBD) markets are also included, the number of total states where legal increases to 44.
Some unnecessary confusion and misinformation exists on this topic. There is ‘one plant’ …cannabis. Cannabis is not only marijuana. Both marijuana and hemp are varieties of cannabis. Marijuana is the variety of cannabis that contains greater than (>) 0.3% delta-9 THC. And products derived from the hemp variety of cannabis, like CBD and delta-8 THC (which is further derived from CBD oil) contain less than (<) 0.3% delta-9 THC. But ultimately, they all are created from the 'One Cannabis Plant.'
As noted above, products from both the marijuana and hemp varieties of the cannabis plant are ultimately from the same cannabis plant species, with the key distinction being the contained level of delta-9 THC, which defines the product classification of ‘marijuana.’ Products containing marijuana yield the most significant effects with usage, while hemp-based products like CBD and delta-8 THC oils yield generally milder and more specific effects with usage. So it’s misinformed to favor legalization of marijuana products over milder hemp-based products as a few states have done, presumably to protect their marijuana producers from newer hemp-based competitive alternatives.

This is a great question and an important one. The US cannabis market is over $100 billion annually. Importantly, 25% of that is forecasted to be supported by legal operators in 2021, generating significant economic benefit and tax revenues for those states where operations are legal. The illicit ‘black market’ for cannabis still accounts for the remaining 75% of current usage, but that is expected to shift away from the black market, to legal and tax-based usage, as more states adopt and facilitate legal operators. And when federal legalization finally occurs, this shift to legal operators will further accelerate.

Currently, there are over 50 million cannabis marijuana consumers in the US, with more and more entering the market each year. The typical cannabis consumer is diverse, generally older and in their mid-career, up to age 75. But public interest in cannabis is broadening and the gender gap is also closing.
Cannabis is fully legal in 18 states and legal for medicinal purposes in an additional 19 states. In states where cannabis is legal, local industry and governments continue to build out infrastructure to support growth of cannabis operators. But these are generally not ‘home-grown’ operations. The operational capabilities, economic benefits and competitive advantages are continually moving ahead in these cannabis-legal states vs. states that have not yet adopted laws to legalize. (You might think of the now dominant California wine industry as a useful analogy.)
There has been a diversion between actions at the state level and the federal level in terms of movement toward legalization. Candidly, the federal response in Washington has been slow and unclear. State governments have been more forward-looking and are not waiting for direction from Washington to realize inevitable economic benefits for their respective states. The inconsistency has even been noted by the US Supreme Court, as Justice Clarence Thomas recently wrote, “Once comprehensive, the Federal Government’s current approach is a half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana. …A prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the Federal Government’s piecemeal approach.” Clearly, most states are not willing to miss out, and instead have chosen to set their own direction, rather than waiting for leadership from Washington.
Support for cannabis legalization has grown significantly over the past decade and has doubled since 2000 to 68% of adults.
States have generated over $8 billion, averaging over $1 billion annually, in sales tax revenues since legal adult-use sales began in 2014.
This is a great question and interestingly, cannabis legalization has proven to be a net-positive for law enforcement and public safety. The reasons for this are quite simple – with legalized cannabis law enforcement is freed up to devote more resources and effort to more serious and dangerous public safety threats. And with a goal of driving out illicit activity as soon as possible, if legalized, Indiana has the opportunity to increase legal cannabis from $31 million in the first year, to $142 annually after 5 years. By setting policies that enable development of the legal cannabis market, the influence of the illicit market will diminish in Indiana. Supporting police law enforcement is critical and public safety is always paramount, but serious violent crimes and theft need to be the priority in protecting our families and communities. Rather than arrests for common minor possession, police can pursue more significant crimes of violence and theft. And while some policing of legal cannabis is still required, the key is that the focus is shifted from ‘possession’ to that of ‘responsible use’ by adults, age 21+, just like alcoholic beverages.
This is a logical question, and in the states where adult-use of legal cannabis has been in place now for multiple years, there has been no significant increase in cases of public intoxication or driving under the influence. And again, cannabis usage is held to the same standard as alcoholic beverages.
Legalization of cannabis is also a significant positive step toward social and economic justice. The unfortunate reality is that minorities are disproportionately impacted by cannabis arrests. Nationally, black people are more than 3.6 times as likely to be arrested than white people for possession of cannabis. In Indiana, that number is 3.5 times, and 45% of all drug arrests are for cannabis. Legalization of cannabis in Indiana would free our LEOs from their time now spent toward 45% of all drug arrests, and devote greater attention to crimes of violence and theft. While making our communities more safe, at the same time, it would significantly and quickly help in addressing the public concern for legal fairness toward minority groups.
Another area where legalization of cannabis has delivered benefits for state citizens is in addressing major healthcare issues. Cannabis legalization has had both an economic benefit to states by reducing healthcare expenditure, but it has also helped reduce opioid mortality rates. Cannabis access has been observed to reduce healthcare expenditures at the state level by as much as 10%, which would translate to a $590 million annual reduction in prescription expenditures for Indiana. If Indiana follows the pattern seen in other states, expanding access to cannabis would reduce lives lost to opioids in Indiana by 298 citizens each year.
Both Michigan and Illinois have fully legalized cannabis. Ohio has legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes and decriminalized cannabis possession. Indiana is surrounded by legal access to cannabis, but without the economic benefits of tax revenue generation and job growth. It’s common knowledge that Indiana residents regularly travel in every direction across state lines to gain legal access to cannabis. And the states surrounding Indiana are building their industry infrastructure for future competitive advantage when the inevitable federal legalization of cannabis comes to pass in the future.
In addition to the potential broader public and social benefits of legalized access to cannabis for Indiana, the annual fiscal tax impact would conservatively yield $137 million in additional new tax revenue by 2025 using a gradual adult-use ramp, and potentially much more, with a lower tax rate combined with a broader distribution program. Under a medical program, Indiana is projected to have legal sales of $142 million per year by 2025, generating $342 million in additional economic activity. And the annual impact would potentially be even greater under a broader adult-use program, with legal sales estimated to be $917 million with $2.2 billion of economic activity by 2025.
Yes, Indiana can learn and benefit from the ramp-up mistakes made in other states. Using California as an example, that state has generated well-documented economic growth and benefits under its legalization programs. But the state has also missed out on additional growth with excessive regulation and required licencing of new distribution channels for many years. California is taking additional steps to now expand access. Indiana and other states considering legalization can side-step the pitfalls learned in California by licensing and utilizing existing specialty CBD and hemp-based retail, and more quickly realize tax revenue gains, rather than slowing the process through requirement of unnecessary new retail channels.

A recent (September 2021) statewide survey among 600 voters in Indiana found overwhelming support for legalization of cannabis for adult-use and medicinal purposes.
All key demos support cannabis legalization in Indiana: 64% of the survey supported legalized cannabis vs. only 24% who oppose
72% of Democrats support; 67% of Independents support; and 52% of Republicans support
Support in Indian is nearly equal among men & women and across age groups: 65% of men support; and 62% of women support; and
Support is strong across the state and key DMAs: 65% in the Indy DMA; 61% in Evansville/Terre Haute DMA; 64% in Ft Wayne DMA; and 60% in South Bend DMA; and 69% across the rest of the state
Importantly, support is strong across key issues in Indiana such as among those very concerned about crime and even traditional political groups.
Among those very concerned about crime, 57% support cannabis legalization vs. only 35% who oppose
And among those who attend church regularly, 58% support it vs. only 34% who oppose
And even among those who oppose legalization, the survey found 52% of those who would still support it for medicinal purposes
As for Tax considerations across the state, a vast, overwhelming majority support user fee taxation of legal cannabis vs. raising other taxes.
71% support user fees on legal cannabis vs. only 13% who support raising other taxes

By making Indiana’s majority voice of public support known, legalization could be in place as soon as 2022.
a vote for legalization is a vote for

35,000+

Jobs generated

$140M

Potential Annual Tax Revenue

$590M

Reduction in Prescription Expenditure