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The Majority of Hoosiers are in favor of legalizing marijuana and would like it to be regulated and taxed like tobacco and alcohol. That’s according to a survey from Ball State University.
Ball State University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs professor Joe Losco says this response is likely influenced by the legalization of marijuana in other states.
“I think it will take a while for Hoosiers to act on it, but I think it’s going to be an area of increasing interest especially as a source of revenue in the future,” he says.
Marijuana advocacy group Re-legalize Indiana spokesman Bill Levin says the number of Hoosiers in support of legalization and marijuana regulation is likely far higher than the survey is capable of measuring.
“Most of the people in this state live with fear of speaking freely about marijuana,” Levin says. “I know plenty of Executives, I know plenty of politicians whom do not feel comfortable even saying the word. Yet half their family smokes it.”
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana use in some form, including neighboring states Michigan and Illinois.
In Indiana, marijuana possession in quantities under 30 grams is an A misdemeanor, and more than that is a class D felony.