33 states and the District of Columbia have laws that broadly legalize marijuana in some form. Of those 33, D.C. and 11 states have legalized cannabis for recreational use. 25 states as well as D.C. have decriminalized any small possession of the plant. Even individual cities are decriminalizing marijuana.
Here’s a map for easy reference:
Notice a state missing from the “green” wave? You guessed correctly; it’s Indiana.
The only form of cannabis that is legal in Indiana is the recently-approved CBD oil. While this was a step in the right direction, Indiana’s government is still far behind the consensus of the majority of Hoosiers. Indiana even tried to make smokable hemp illegal even though it was recently removed from the federal list of controlled substances.
Even among the states where cannabis is not fully legalized, the trend is moving toward legalization. Our neighbors to the south, Kentucky, look to be legalizing marijuana in the near future, meaning that Indiana could soon be completely surrounded by states that have legalized some form of cannabis.
With an opioid epidemic raging in our state, thousands of people suffering from illnesses that could be treated with cannabis and people of color being disproportionately locked up for possession of small amounts of a natural plant, it’s time Indiana listened to YOUR VOICE and reformed cannabis laws for good.
Call your state senators at 800-382-9467, your state representatives at 800-382-9841 and the governor at 317-232-4567. Tell them it’s time for Indiana to do the right thing and reform marijuana laws for Hoosiers.