Member Alert: The Hoosier Craft Hemp Flower Market Needs Your Help!

The House Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development took testimony on HB 1224 on January 25, 2021. The bill will be scheduled for a final committee vote early next week and we need your help.

Indiana is just one of six (6) states that criminalizes craft hemp flower, despite the whole hemp plant being legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill. Currently, craft hemp flower is permitted to travel through Indiana so long as an Indiana farmer didn’t grow it, an Indiana small businesses didn’t sell it and an Indiana consumer didn’t possess it. The time is now to modernize Indiana’s hemp laws and get government out of the way to the benefit of Hoosiers.

HB 1224 will re-open the craft hemp flower market to Hoosier farmers, small businesses and other entrepreneurs and is projected to be a $300-$400 million market by 2025. According to our friends at Hemp Benchmarks, the craft hemp flower market is by the far most profitable for farmers. In December 2020, hemp biomass sold to a processor was getting an average of .53 a pound and hemp biomass sold as craft hemp flower was getting an average of $247 a pound.

If you live in Indiana, please reach out to the following committee members and ask that they vote YES on HB 1224. Let them know how important the craft hemp flower market is to the whole hemp plant economy. Make sure your voice is heard on this critical public policy decision.

House Commerce, Small Business, and Economic Development
Representative LA Name LA Phone District Email
Bruce Borders Josh Bain (317) 232-9753 [email protected]
Steve Davisson Rachel Massey (317) 234-2993 [email protected]
John Jacob Evan Eagleson (317) 232-9648 [email protected]
Randy Lyness Jon Brunnemer (317) 232-9657 [email protected]
Doug Miller Jackson Thomas (317) 232-9850 [email protected]
Jim Pressel Jackson Thomas (317) 232-9850 [email protected]
Tom Saunders Andrea Zimmerman (317) 232-9863 [email protected]
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