These days, many people feel marijuana use does not rise to the level of criminal activity. Some states have gone so far as to decriminalize or even legalize possession of the drug. Still, Indiana is not one of those states and continues to take a harsh stance against marijuana possession.
Governor Holcomb will not show leniency for marijuana crimes
In mid-October, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb stated that leniency will not be shown to those in Indiana who committed a minor drug offense involving marijuana. This stands in contrast to President Biden’s encouragement of state-level pardons of such crimes.
Still, Governor Holcomb recognizes that those convicted of minor marijuana crimes do not necessarily deserve to serve lengthy sentences of incarceration. After a person serves their time, they deserve to integrate back into society.
Marijuana laws in Indiana
Under Indiana law as it currently stands, marijuana possession is a Class B misdemeanor. However, if it a subsequent offense or if a person has more than 30 grams of the drug in their possession, the charges raise to a level six felony.
While the current state administration does not indicate it will show leniency to marijuana offenders, it is still important that those accused of marijuana crimes know their rights. You have search and seizure rights, rights against self-incrimination and other key rights that could affect your case. Ultimately, those accused of marijuana crimes will want to seek the legal help needed to better understand how the law applies to their specific situation.