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Drug Commission Formally Opposes Medical Marijuana

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted on Nov. 9 in favor of a resolution opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.

Photo: Lauren Chapman (IPB News)

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted on Nov. 9 in favor of a resolution opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted Thursday to formally oppose the decriminalization of marijuana in any form. The resolution that came one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb took the same stance.

Two members of the commission asked that it take a stand against medical marijuana in Indiana, according to the commission’s executive director Jim McClelland.

In a vote, 11 members supported the resolution, three members abstained, and two voted against it. Executive director Jim McClelland says while there is research on the benefits of medical marijuana, there isn’t FDA approval or clinical trials.

“We were asked to take a position, the governor has stated his position on it. Our position is very much in line with the governor’s,” McClelland says.

READ MORE: American Legion Calls For Medical Marijuana Legislation

One of those who opposed taking a position was state Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis), who argued it was outside the scope of the commission’s purpose.

“If it helps them, I think that’s what we’re here as public policy makers to do, to try to find more things – put more tools in the toolbox to help people,” Taylor says.

One of the 11 who supported the resolution was state Health Commissioner Kristina Box. She cited a state health department study that shows 20 percent of mothers who have a history of using drugs or show symptoms of drug use at delivery tested positive for marijuana use.

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  • lastcamp2

    No FDA approval or clinical trials? Not at all surprising, since moves to study Cannabis scientifically have been suppressed since almost forever. It is difficult to search for enlightenment if you aren’t allowed to access information; as a result, we condemn ourselves to lives dominated by superstition and politically based notions.
    Meanwhile, we are quick to study things that fit our preconceptions when we believe ideas we already embrace will be supported by study. As a result, our body of knowledge is limited by policies based on the continuation of ignorance.
    Sometimes one has to wonder how humankind as survived so long.

  • yourAngerDeceivedYou

    I really hope there is leaked information about what is really behind this decision and who’s money it’s tied to. Let’s bring forth the revelations and put it to bed.

  • leestraw

    Aaron Negangard who is Indiana’s biggest voice against medical cannabis is on the committee. He even said this to the Indiana Legislators during a hearing for medical CBD: “There are two toddlers that died, um in a hash oil explosion in Tippecanoe County. Um, we don’t want to see more of that. (2:11:49) And if we open this up, through some well-intentioned but um legislation that has long term adverse consequences (2:12:00) we will see more of that! And you know that is the idea is to address the legitimate concerns of these parents. Without causing more parents harm. By having to attend funerals from hash oil production or drug overdoses in my community. (2:12:19) Um, and that’s what will happen. And that is what the research shows. And that is what the data shows out of the states that legalized or created medical marijuana. Anything other than a solution that supports research for a pharmaceutical grade CBD product will not only jeopardize public safety but the health of all of our children. (2:12:43) ”,

  • leestraw

    With people like Aaron Negangard on a committee saying that medical cannabis will cause houses to explode and children to die. Why would you expect any common sense to come out of it?

  • leestraw

    He is comparing apples and oranges. Illegal verse legal products. I am sure if we made any drug illegal that people wanted or needed that their would be issues. Just like with Alcohol. The violence was so bad that they had to repeal prohibition because of the Mobs shooting everyone!

  • leestraw

    IPAC referenced this in their reference to prove that cannabis has no medical value: CONCLUSIONS FOR: THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS
    There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective:
    • For the treatment for chronic pain in adults (cannabis) (4-1)
    • Antiemetics in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (oral cannabinoids) (4-3)
    • For improving patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms (oral cannabinoids) (4-7a)

  • leestraw

    Did they not think that someone would check their references?

  • leestraw

    They even put one reference down twice in two different spots. Left out links, dates, pages and so on… My college professors would never have excepted that as a finished work.

  • leestraw

    sloppy to say the least.

  • leestraw

    Cannabis is not a single or duel substance. The FDA does not regulate or approve “Herbs”. FDA only gets involved with herbs if their is a problem after it has been in the market.

  • leestraw

    Since the DEA has it classified as a schedule I, in it’s own special drug class and marinol is man-made THC that has been approved by the FDA since the 1970′s for nausea and to increase appetite. They did not see the need to allow cannabis to be legal since the drug companies already had filled some of the gap for cannabis.

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