(INDIANAPOLIS) – Medical marijuana could get its first serious discussion at the statehouse in the upcoming session, and opponents are ramping up their efforts as well.
Legislators held hearings on legalization over the summer, and Senate Democrats have made medical marijuana part of their agenda for the first time. This month, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational use — 23 other states allow marijuana for medical purposes.
The Indiana Chamber has opposed medical marijuana for years, but president Kevin Brinegar says the Michigan referendum was the latest indicator of what the Chamber views as troubling momentum. For the first time this year, the Chamber has placed blocking any legalization attempt among its top priorities.
Brinegar says any medical benefits of marijuana remain unproven and unrecognized by the Food and Drug Administration. And he says legalizing marijuana for medical use would end up making it legal for recreational use — he says there would be doctors willing to prescribe it for a fee.
Governor Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma, both Republicans, remain opposed to legalization. Holcomb says Indiana shouldn’t get ahead of the FDA, and Bosma argues states which have legalized marijuana have seen more teenagers and preteens using it. But Bosma says the idea will probably be discussed.
(Photo: Don MacKinnon/AFP/Getty Images)
- FOUND: Momo the Monkey on the Loose: Indianapolis’ East Side on High Alert
- Pacers GM: Contract Extension Talks with Buddy Hield Are “At a Halt” But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Done
- Pence: Trump Owes it to the American People to Debate
- NWS: Expect a Rainy Wednesday Across Indiana
- Murder Suspect Kevin Mason Captured
The Dangers of Brown Friday & How You Can Prepare for the Worst
Police: Woman Killed, Infant Hurt in Head-On Crash with Semi-Truck
Small Plane Crashes Near Shelbyville Airport, Two People Dead
Feds, Rush County Sheriff Search Home In Valerie Tindall's Disappearance
ISP: Truck Driver Killed After Exiting Vehicle
Fishers Marching Band Appears in 2023 Macy's Parade
Fitness Studios Say Holding Company Has Not Paid Employees
Indianapolis Firefighter Among More than 20 Arrested in Child Solicitation Sting