Not only is Indiana considering medical marijuana, there are also looking at decriminalizing the possession of small amounts and controlling marijuana with regulated sales and taxation, as alcohol is regulated. The Legalization Train Rolls On.
(pal-item) The Indiana Senate this week approved a study on Indiana’s marijuana policies, including costs for the state’s criminal justice system and the potential for regulation and taxation options. Senate Bill 192 was approved on a vote of 28-21.
State Rep. Tom Knollman, R-Liberty, testified last week before a Senate committee on the issue of medical uses for marijuana. Knollman, a Union County farmer who has multiple sclerosis, told the committee he’d like the opportunity to try marijuana to relieve the pain he suffers. Prescription pain medications often don’t provide much relief, he said.
If the Indiana House agrees with S.B. 192, the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee would review the issues later this year and make recommendations on the medical use of marijuana, decriminalizing the possession of small amounts and controlling marijuana with regulated sales and taxation, as alcohol is regulated.
Indiana would not be the first state to consider loosening state regulations of marijuana. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use and 13 states have decriminalized possession of small amounts.