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Could Medical Marijuana Become Legal In Indiana?


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A state legislator will once again propose a bill that would legalize medical marijuana.

 A northwest Indiana state senator will try again to legalize medical marijuana, but acknowledges she’s not expecting to get far.

Portage Democrat Karen Tallian says she’d prefer to join the states which have decriminalized marijuana across the board, but argues the medicinal uses of the drug are well-documented enough to allow it on a doctor’s recommendation. And she contends there’s no evidence that marijuana is a public health threat.

But Tallian predicts opposition from Senate leaders and Governor Pence will snuff out this bill without a hearing.

A bipartisan study committee did open the door a tiny bit to medical use of marijuana and its derivatives, recommending that children with epilepsy be allowed to take part in clinical trials of hemp oil as a preventative for seizures. But prosecutors oppose that bill as well, warning it would complicate criminal cases against recreational users.

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  • A Freedom Fighter

    All the data needed for an informed decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the CDC web site.

    Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site
    Numbers of deaths per year in the USA
    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    So, which is safer????

    Legalize, regulate, TAX!

  • Franklin

    Marijuana is just a plant. According to the NIH site Cancer dot gov Cannabis is a plant not a drug, and they say it’s been used for 3000 year as a medicine. That’s pretty much the oldest medicine known. Not a single food or drug in America has received more research. It’s non toxic, and has nutritional value. Marijuana could no doubt be approved as a food. The FDA has never approved any plant because the it is impossible for a fish to climb a tree.

    The FDA can’t evaluate a rock, or a human, or or anything more complex than a few compounds. There are only two approved plant extracts in FDA approved by the FDA. Marinol has been FDA approved for over 30 years and it contains and synthetic version of one of the active compounds in marijuana that has the prohibition crowd so worked up. Zero deaths from marijuana. There isn’t a medicine in the pharmacy that has that status.

  • Immortal Illumined

    growing industry in America? Legal Marijuana, coming to your town very
    soon….#1 crop in California and LEGAL in ALL west coast states,

    the west coast thanks you a trillion (dollar$), filling any order anytime.

    27 states and the DOC allow marijuana but not 1 southern state, lol, nobody denies freedom like the south.

    Deaths by alcohol: Millions.
    Deaths by tobacco: Millions.
    Deaths by guns: Millions.
    Deaths by prescription drugs: Quadrupled in decade.
    Deaths by marijuana: 0, EVER……(Centers for Disease Control Statistics).

    studies on animals by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT claim marijuana kills some
    cancers and reduces the size of others…1000s of Cancer research
    centers sucking Billion$ and yet not 1 study with marijuana decades
    later, not 1…and you think they are trying to cure cancer?#AmericanIdiots.

  • Immortal Illumined

    rumor among the growers is DOW PHARMA or ELI LILLY ( i forget) runs Indiana….hence why no marijuana changes 20 years later….

  • donnie harold harris

    One may drown the world or smoke a joint. Which for you? Me My life and some of yours has been saved because of a lifetime of Joints.

  • J Hedges

    Yes, it would “complicate criminal cases against recreational users”, since these prohibition laws are backwards and draconian. The only arguments against decriminalization are based on fear and greed. It’s time!

  • Mary Murray

    There are benefits to medical marijuana and it’s time people get natural ways to help them. Our son self medicated for years and still does, in COLORADO! Now I spend money I don’t have to visit him every 4 months or so. I miss him dearly but he knew he risked getting in trouble if he stayed here in Podunk Indiana

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