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Medical Cannabis Rallies More Supporters

Supporters rally for medical cannabis at the Indiana Statehouse. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)

Supporters of medical marijuana legalization gathered at the Statehouse – including a few new voices. 

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) has introduced cannabis legislation for the past nine years. She says every year the rally for supporters gets larger.  

"And every year the number of people in the legislature who are willing to stand up for this issue also gets larger," says Tallian. 

About 100 people showed up for the event. Tallian says she has already filed three cannabis bills, including one to legalize recreationally. 

Sen. J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) is one new senator who says he’ll support medical marijuana. 

"I have patients all across the district who desperately need this medicine," says Ford. 

Nikki Kapuscinski, a veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom attended the rally.  She says cannabis works to treat her post traumatic stress disorder. 

"I’ve found that I can control it better with medical cannabis or with a CBD oil combo than with any of the medications," says Kapuscinski. 

Last year Indiana legalized the use of CBD, a cannabis extract. 

Tallian urged people at the rally to keep telling lawmakers they support medical marijuana. 

"And keep telling them that the rest of the country is doing this and Indiana doesn’t need to be last," says Tallian. 

Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states. 

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