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Legalizing Marijuana in Indiana?

At 1 p.m. today in Room 431 of the Indiana State House the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee is meeting to discuss potential reform of Indiana's laws relating to marijuana. While I don't believe the committee will recommend legalizing marijuana possession. I do believe the potential for modification of offense classification and sentencing exists.

Currently, possessing marijuana in an amount under 30 grams is a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail. Possession of 30 grams or more, or a second charge of possession of marijuana, is a Class D felony, which carries a potential three (3) year prison sentence. Additional punishment can come in the form of a driver's license suspension, if the possession occured in a vehicle.

Given the great expense of housing inmates in the Indiana Department of Corrections and the overcrowding issues at Indiana Prisons, it makes great sense to re-evaluate the sentences and charge related to marijuana possession.

If you have questions regarding possession of marijuana cases you should contact a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer.