A juvenile at the Elkhart High School (EHS) was reportedly arrested last week after an unidentified number of students were found smoking weed inside a classroom.
According to ABC 57, officers with the Elkhart Police Department were called to the scene after a School Resource Officer was told students were smoking weed in a classroom located in the EHS Freshman Division.
Responding police officers investigated and discovered one juvenile had cannabis in his possession. He was then arrested for possession of marijuana.
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Possessing weed in Indiana is treated as a misdemeanour charge punishable by 180 days in jail and a $1,250 fine upon conviction, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Recreational cannabis remains illegal in the state, although not for a lack of trying. Although 13 cannabis-related bills had been introduced in the 2022 legislative session for the state, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) reports that none have advanced out of committee.
“Indiana is now one of only 13 states with no effective medical cannabis law and one of only 19 that still imposes jail time for simple possession of cannabis,” the MPP information states.
The state is slowly being surrounded by states that have opted to green-light recreational cannabis, including Michigan and Illinois.
The former state legalized adult-use weed in late 2018, allowing those 21 and older to possess as much as 283 grams of cannabis in one’s residence or carry up to 71 grams in public means (sharing the same amount is allowed if the individuals are all adults and no money is exchanged), Grewell Law reports, while the latter made personal use and purchase from licensed retailers legal for those 21 and older on Jan. 1, 2020.
Some politicians recently argued that Indiana needs to also consider legalization, even for the potential jobs gains alone, 16 News Now noted in March.
The Elkhart school incident is not the first time a youth has been arrested for possessing weed at an Indiana school. Just last month, officers with the Goshen Police Department arrested a 15-year-old boy for possessing the drug at Goshen Junior High School, per Goshen News at the time.
Of course, Indiana is not the only U.S. state to have had to deal with weed on school grounds.
Earlier in April, a high school student in Louisiana was caught with about 525 grams of cannabis inside a parked vehicle following a routine search of parking areas around the school.
Also in April, a “substantial amount” of cannabis plants were found growing in the Piers View House Student Accommodation, a student residence, in the U.K.
And two police investigations were kicked off recently, one in Massachusetts and one in New Mexico, when cannabis edibles were shared by students with fellow pupils on school grounds.
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