INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) filed two cannabis-related bills. The first bill would create a Cannabis Compliance Commission, which would oversee state regulation of anything related to the sale, use, or consumption of cannabis. The other would legalize recreational marijuana possession of less than two ounces

“I am proposing the creation of a cannabis regulatory agency in order to protect the interests of Hoosiers. We recently legalized the use of CBD oil and industrial hemp, but the state has no structure in place to make sure that these products are properly regulated for consumers. A Cannabis Compliance Commission would help provide for a stable and safe cannabis industry in the state. When Indiana legalizes medical or recreational marijuana, the structure will be in place.

“I also filed my bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Indiana. Since marijuana programs cannot be approved by a ballot initiative, it is up to the legislature to follow the will of the people. Support for legalizing and taxing cannabis is at an all-time high, and 10 states, as well as Washington, D.C., have already legalized marijuana for recreational use.”

Sen. Tallian will soon be filing another cannabis-related bill which would allow Indiana to join 33 other states by creating a statewide medical marijuana program. Legalizing medical cannabis is a part of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus’ 2019 legislative agenda.


Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit

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