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Holcomb Won’t Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Holcomb says groups interested in decriminalization should take up their cause with the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Photo: Brandon Smith (IPB News)

Holcomb says groups interested in decriminalization should take up their cause with the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won’t support any push to decriminalize marijuana, even for medical use.

Such efforts have ramped up this year, with state Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) pledging to explore a medical marijuana bill and groups like the American Legion backing the push.

But the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council – and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill – have loudly denounced such a move. And Holcomb says the state isn’t ready to decriminalize marijuana for any purpose.

“I’m trying to get drugs off the street, not add more into the mix,” Holcomb says. “And so I’m just not supportive of that.”

Holcomb says groups interested in decriminalization should take up their cause with the federal Food and Drug Administration.

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  • S. Clemens

    So let’s keep giving people a criminal history if they’re caught with a joint. Meanwhile, you can get s**t-faced drunk and carry your firearm wherever you like (except in the State House).

  • rick

    While I understand the political viewpoint of opposition to decriminalization of marijuana for recreational purposes I find it reprehensible to deny any symptomatic or curative relief for medical purposes.

  • lastcamp2

    Holcomb: the state isn’t ready. Well, that’s no surprise. Indiana is about the last to be ready for anything. If not ready now, when, oh when, will we be ready?
    Frankly, I suspect there are other, hidden, reasons that have nothing to do with scientific evidence. One is purely the politics of continued ignorance. The other is the financial interests of the very agencies who derive their cash stream of prohibition, police and prosecutors being foremost among them.

  • bengal tiger

    Our Gov has his head buried deep in someone’s backside, that or it he is simply following his narrow ideology. He is just flat effin’ wrong by not allowing medical marijuana and it’s derivatives. The science is there, been there for decades.

  • Jeff Staker

    Governor Holcomb’s continuing FDA statements is nothing more than a political pun to avoid the will of the majority of our Hoosier Citizens. The other 29 States and Washington D.C. didn’t need any FDA changes and neither does Indiana.
    In retrospect, how is Indiana governed? By King Holcomb and his parliament? Can you see the similarities? Even though we vote here in Indiana, we live as close as you can get to a monarchy. If over 73% of our Hoosier citizen and over 86% of our Hoosier veterans are supportive of medical cannabis in one form or another…. Are we not the government of the people, by the people and for the people? So where is that representation within the walls of our State House? It’s Not There!!! If We The People, my fellow Hoosiers were allowed to have this issue voted upon within our ballot system, like the 29+ other States mentioned previously have done, then and only then would you have this God given medicine made available to our citizens. But today, here in Indiana, we are no different than those poor Colonist souls living prior to 1776. This makes the Indiana State Government completely in violation of the Bill of Rights our founding fathers granted us within the Constitution. Now, do we have a right to petition against the State Government for a redress of grievances? Of Course We Do!!!

  • leestraw

    When I look at the Indiana Drug Commission which you can’t even find out who is on it when you go to the Indiana State webpage. Secrete committee making decisions for all of us on how to deal with a crisis. Then 91 prosecutors who are not named or listed influencing Indiana Drug Commission and our Governor. Yet the Prosecutors stay unnamed so they all can say they did not support it. 2 Indiana County Prosecutors have already stated they did not support the IPAC letter. How can that be? if 91 of the 92 did per the letter to the Indiana Drug Commission? 95% of Hoosiers polled said they where in disagreement with Gov. Holcomb on Indiana being ready to legalize medical cannabis in any form. So, the Governor is willing to go against the super majority of Hoosiers because the prosecutors and Drug Commission say so. That is not Democracy that is a dictatorship! When our Veterans organizations stand up and fight for something you know it is right, especially when they fight for something that is for everyone. We send off our veterans to fight but I guess the Governor has no respect for them. Our voice is muted to the governor because the Drug Commission he helped appoint is repeating what he wants to hear. History repeats itself. If you don’t want to hear new ideas appoint like minded people who will only tell you what you want to hear and nothing will ever improve. I pray his heart softens for all who are hurting. We need God to intervene and give a little compassion to us all. We need to add this tool to the tool box and let the miracle happen. Not build walls and try to stop God from working like they have been doing for over 40 years. You can only stop God’s work for so long then man’s strength will fail. Amen for that.

  • Colette

    Call Gov Holcomb’s office 317-232-4567 and let him know what you think about this. Then in the next election vote him out if he doesn’t change his position. Governors in other states are helping their citizens. Medical cannabis is a moral and health issue. 100 Hoosiers are dying every month from opioids, in legalized states use and deaths drop 25-50%. We need this NOW!

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