Indiana lawmakers will once more take up discussion of legalizing pot in two weeks

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State lawmakers will again take up the discussion of legalizing pot in Indiana when they convene for a short legislative session in two weeks.

As part of a glimpse into what that discussion may entail, a panel of bipartisan lawmakers and experts on the matter talked about what they would like to see marijuana legislation look like.

One of the experts on the panel was Matt Roman, a lawyer who specializes in marijuana and works for a cannabis company in Michigan where recreational pot has been legal since 2019. He offered some insight into what Indiana’s legislation should look like should lawmakers ultimately decide to legalize it.

“We have a good tax rate,” Roman said of Michigan’s pot laws. “10-percent. You want to hit the tax rate correctly otherwise it’s going to fuel the illicit market. Out seed to sale system is very good. We’ve done a good job of not monopolizing the market. We have big and small players.”

Roman added that licensing has been separated out very well insofar as one company cannot hold multiple types of marijuana licenses such as for growing, shipping, and selling.

These are all things the State Sen. J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) feels that Indiana needs to have figured out now.

“At any moment the federal government could act on this,” Ford said. “If we don’t take some sort of issue, take this up next session, then we are behind already.”

Ford criticizes Republicans for taking a “wait and see” approach with the marijuana issue. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) has said in the past that he wants the federal government, namely the FDA and CDC, to act on pot first.

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has been one Republican spearheading the push to legalize pot. He says it’s “mindboggling” why more members of his caucus have not backed his efforts.

“This issue polls higher than anything else we’ve ever seen,” said Lucas. “And why the Republicans party, I’m throwing party politics in here, why the Republican party doesn’t run with this is beyond me.”

Lucas said many of the Hoosiers he’s talked to use pot as a way to cope with physical pain or mental issues that they have, especially when it comes to war veterans having trouble sleeping. He says Hoosiers who use pot in these ways are “tired of feeling like criminals.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. It should be legalized because it’s the right thing to do, because the government has no business mandating what you cannot (or what you are forced to, Biden) put into your body.

    Legalizing it for tax revenue is abhorrent, sin taxes need to be outlawed.

  2. There are many more alcohol related issues than pot…by a mile! And states who have woke up are making tons of money off of pot. Yet Indiana government is always behind in legislation on EVERY potential bill. Holcomb is worthless anyway so it will never happen. Feds will never break on the pot issue either. Many Veterans would certainly benefit from medical marijuana too.

  3. It’s time we legalize it help the people ease their pain and not have to worry about side effects and with the tax money would help with roads and other things if they don’t want to make it happen then the next election it is time to vote for the ones that will make it legal time for a change in the people in our government offices that will work for the American people instead we need a change in Indianapolis so next election do your research on the people running around get those out of office that doesn’t have us in mind vote for a change

  4. The thing that I question is why there has been little to no negative publication of states that have legalized marijuana so far that I’m aware of and that Indiana legislation seems to be so far away from passing the law.

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