Majority of Hoosiers in Favor of Regulating Marijuana

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University found 78 percent of Hoosiers support taxing marijuana like alcohol and cigarettes.

52% of Hoosiers are in support of legalizing marijuana

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52% of Hoosiers are in support of legalizing marijuana

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.

  • kevin_hunt

    Of course the slaveholding legislators will be reluctant to address this issue. They people have no say in how they are governed. The law enforcement lobby is too strong.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    only 20 years behind us Indiana, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south and bible belt, nobody

    if we cannot find a way we will make one…

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • lastcamp2

    You realize the NSA has heard what you have said, and will be passing that information on to your local “drug task force” for “appropriate action” as it is implied you have a stash somewhere.
    “When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes.”

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