Medical Marijuana

State Lawmakers, Advocates Discuss Medical Marijuana

Aug 11, 2018
Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) says medical marijuana legalization is a realistic goal for the 2019 session. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A Republican state lawmaker says medical marijuana legalization is a realistic goal for the 2019 session.

House Adopts Resolution To Study Medical Marijuana

Jan 25, 2018

The Indiana House voted Thursday to urge the federal government to loosen its grip on marijuana so the drug can be more effectively studied.

A unanimously-adopted resolution also pushes for a state legislative study committee to examine medical marijuana legalization.

Veterans Legislative Day Highlights Priorities

Jan 9, 2018

Hoosier veterans gathered at the Statehouse to meet lawmakers and talk about their priority issues. This was the fourth annual veterans legislative day.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, also a veteran, addressed more than 100 gathered in at the statehouse.

“No state has answered the call the way that Indiana has,” says Holcomb.

Hoosier veterans, including VFW State Senior Vice Commander Eric Billman, asked lawmakers to restore more veteran benefits, including tax breaks.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally, Legislation Filed

Jan 3, 2018

As the 2018 Indiana General Assembly gets underway, a bill to legalize medical marijuana has been filed. But this year’s proposal may have more momentum.

Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) spoke at a rally at the Statehouse to announce his bill to legalize cannabis for anyone with a serious medical condition. This is not the first bill filed with that aim, but Lucas is hopeful and says he started researching cannabis after the legality of CBD was questioned.

“Why aren’t we one of the 29 states that don’t criminalize its citizens for seeking a better quality of life?” Lucas says.

Holcomb Won't Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Nov 8, 2017

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won’t support any push to decriminalize marijuana, even for medical use.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council wants the state drug commission and drug czar to formally oppose marijuana legalization in any form. The group sent a letter to the Commission to Combat Drug Abuse this week.

The council says marijuana legalization would be bad for workforce development and community health.

On an afternoon in August at the Indiana State Library, a stately limestone building usually home to genealogy conventions or history lectures, the Indiana chapter of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, laid out a very distinctive welcome mat emblazoned with a familiar leafy plant.

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana’s first medical cannabis law Wednesday. It legalizes a form of cannabis – cannabinoid oil or CBD – for the treatment of epilepsy.

A crowd of cannabis supporters gathered at the Indiana Statehouse Thursday for a town hall meeting.

Around 100 people attended in support of legislation that would allow for medicinal cannabis. Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) has introduced cannabis legislation for the past five years.

“And up until this year I’ve been a pretty lonely person in the House,” Errington says.