The Indiana Legislature is in session, and the bill filing has been coming fast and furious. Indiana NORML is keeping tabs on what bills are filed that will affect the rights of Hoosier Cannabis consumers.

It’s early in the session, so expect more bills to be filed. So far, there isn’t much we can support, but keep checking back. As time goes on, we’ll be watching…and posting.

You can follow these yourself at: http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2011&session=1&request=live

These, of course, are just filed. That means that some will be passed into law while others will find their way to the trash can. We urge our supporters to write to their representatives and senators and politely, but firmly, let them know what you think. Don’t know who your legislators are? Go here: http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm. Poke around a bit and you’ll find the links you need.

Marijuana Related Bills:

HB 1207 Unemployment compensation and drug testing. Provides that an individual who is otherwise qualified for unemployment compensation benefits is disqualified for benefits upon a report to the department of workforce development (department) by a prospective employer that the individual was found to have had a positive post offer or pre-employment drug test. Requires the department to adopt rules concerning positive pre-employment drug tests reported to the department. Repeals an outdated reference.

HB1267 Drug testing and unemployment benefits. Provides that an individual, who is required to undergo drug testing as a condition of an offer of employment and who files an initial claim for unemployment benefits, must be advised that the individual is disqualified for benefits if the person is found to have a positive drug test or refuses to submit to a drug test. Provides that an individual who is otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits is disqualified for benefits if the individual is required to undergo drug testing as a condition of an offer of employment and the individual is found to have tested positive for drugs or refuses to submit to a drug test. Provides that the individual who is disqualified for unemployment benefits may resume eligibility for benefits upon submission of a negative drug test to the department of workforce development. Removes an outdated reference.

SB0086 Unemployment benefits qualifications. Requires that an applicant for unemployment benefits must state, under penalty of perjury, that the applicant will refrain from the knowing or intentional possession and use of: (1) a controlled substance; or (2) a controlled substance analog; without a valid prescription or an order from a practitioner during the period that the applicant receives benefits if benefits are awarded.

SB005 Synthetic cannabinoids. Defines “synthetic cannabinoid” and makes possessing, dealing in, manufacturing, or delivering a synthetic cannabinoid equivalent to possessing, dealing in, manufacturing, or delivering marijuana, hash oil, or hashish. Makes conforming amendments.

SB0022 Drug and alcohol abuse and commitments. Provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to maintain and operate or contract for alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, including faith based facilities. Requires the law enforcement academy to provide training regarding persons with alcohol or drug addictions, including training for involuntary commitments for alcohol or drug use. Requires the department of correction and county jails to provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation to all offenders with alcohol or drug addictions.

SB0215 Forfeiture. Provides that, for purposes of the forfeiture statute, law enforcement costs shall be calculated as follows: (1) if the value of the seized property is $3,000 or less, 85% the entire amount constitutes law enforcement costs; (2) if the value of the property is more than $3,000 and less than $100,000, law enforcement costs are $3,000 plus 50% of the value of the property between $3,000 and $100,000, but may not exceed 85% of the value of the property; and (3) if the value of the property is $100,000 or more, law enforcement costs constitute $53,000 plus 20% of the amount equal to or exceeding $100,000. Provides that 25% of law enforcement costs shall be transferred to the prosecuting attorney to defray the expenses of bringing the forfeiture action; however, this amount is capped at: (1) $10,000 if the amount of property seized is less than $100,000; and (2) $20,000 if the amount of property seized is $100,000 or more. Specifies that money or the proceeds of seized property that constitute law enforcement costs may be used only for: (1) law enforcement purposes; and (2) disbursements under an appropriation by the state or a local government unit. Permits a prosecuting attorney to retain an attorney to bring a forfeiture action only if the attorney general approves the compensation agreement between the prosecuting attorney and the retained attorney, and requires that the compensation agreement with the attorney be capped at: (1) $10,000 if the amount of property seized is less than $100,000; and (2) $20,000 if the amount of property seized is $100,000 or more. Prohibits a prosecuting attorney from retaining a prosecuting attorney or a deputy prosecuting attorney to bring a forfeiture action.

SB0448 Spice. Defines “synthetic cannabinoid” and makes possessing, dealing in, manufacturing, or delivering a synthetic cannabinoid equivalent to possessing, dealing in, manufacturing, or delivering marijuana, hash oil, or hashish. Makes conforming amendments.

SB0505 Applicability of federal law in Indiana. Provides that any federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute found by the general assembly to be inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is void in Indiana. Provides that a resident of Indiana has a cause of action to enjoin the enforcement or implementation or the attempted enforcement or implementation of a federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute declared void by the general assembly. Provides that a plaintiff who prevails in such an action is entitled to reasonable attorney fees and costs. Finds that the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States.

HB1146 Flavored tobacco products and cigarettes. Makes the manufacture, distribution, or advertising of flavored cigarettes a Class A infraction, and provides that the alcohol and tobacco commission may revoke the registration or sales certificate of a person who manufactures, distributes, or advertises flavored cigarettes.