Hemp advocates say legalizing the plant could be a boon to Indiana's economy.
The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University found 78 percent of Hoosiers support taxing marijuana like alcohol and cigarettes.
Indiana legislators have passed three versions of a synthetic drug ban, but some say it needs to be updated again to differentiate between kinds of drugs.
Pence Wednesday also tabbed Indianapolis City-County councilman Jeff Cardwell to lead the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
A political analyst says recent statements from Indiana officials indicates more are warming to the idea of decriminalizing marijuana.
Senator Brent Steele wants to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a part of a criminal sentencing overhaul.
Rates of drug use for marijuana declined, while over-the-counter drug use increased for some teens.
Lawmakers approved a measure this session that makes it more difficult for convenience stores to sell synthetic drugs.
Only 10 percent of parents think their own teens drank alcohol in the last year and 5 percent think their teens smoked marijuana in the last year.
Ideas presented to the committee included complete legalization and taxation of marijuana.