A lawmaker in Indiana says he plans to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana.
Republican State Representative Jim Lucas (Seymour) says he has “every intention of introducing a bill that legalizes medical marijuana”, according to the Indy Star.
“I can’t comprehend how we can deny people something that provides them with relief that’s not addictive and is not killing anyone when we know for a fact that prescription opioids are killing people,” says Lucas, who has been seeking feedback from doctors, veterans organizations, cannabis advocacy groups like NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and Facebook users.
According to Lucas, he still has “a lot to learn on this”, and that; “Right now, I’m drinking from a fire hose, reaching out to credible groups and individuals.”
Lucas would be the first Republican lawmaker to introduce a measure to legalize medical cannabis in at least five years.
“I understand this is going to be a minefield,” says Lucas. “My plan is to make this such an issue with the media and the people that the state will be forced to give it a proper hearing.”