36 states have legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use. Indiana is one of only 14 states where marijuana remains fully illegal, meaning we are far behind the majority of the country, including our neighboring states on this issue. Hoosiers with medical conditions including PTSD, Cancer, Epilepsy, anxiety, MS and more are being blocked from taking advantage of medical cannabis to relieve their pain and suffering because of Indiana’s outdated marijuana laws.
Indiana is also losing business and tax revenue to Illinois and Michigan. Legalizing marijuana would help urban and rural areas alike with dispensaries, manufacturing, processing and agricultural jobs.
Legalizing marijuana would also have an important criminal justice impact by expunging criminal records for possession and allowing law enforcement resources to be focused on more pressing local safety issues. This legislation would go a long way toward addressing Indiana’s jail overcrowding problem.
This session, Senate Democrats are offering a wide range of legislation to update our marijuana laws including Senator Ford’s SB 175, Senator Melton’s SB 324, Senator Pol’s SB 197, Senator Taylor’s SB 231 and Senator Niezgodski’s SB 414.