Poll: 81% of Indiana Adults Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

According to new polling, the vast majority of Indiana adults support legalizing medical marijuana.

The poll, conducted at Ball State University, found that 81% of adults in Indiana are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Only 16% are opposed to the move.

Earlier this year Indiana passed legislation legalizing the medical use of CBD oil. However, the extremely restrictive nature of the law has led to medical marijuana proponents to continue advocating for an expanded law that allows for the medical use of all marijuana, not just CBD oil, while expanding the list of conditions that qualify individuals to use the medicine. This new poll gives them quite a bit of ammo in their effort.

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Indiana Lawmaker to Introduce Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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.

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Indiana CBD Bill Approved Unanimously by House of Representatives, Already Passed Senate

A bill to allow for the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) has been approved by Indiana’s House and Senate.

CBD tincture.

The Senate gave approval to Senate Bill 15 back in February with an 108 to 32 vote. Today, it was passed by the full House of Representatives with a unanimous 95 to 0 vote. Given it was amended slightly in the House, it will need to go back to the Senate for one final vote before it can be sent to Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration.

The proposed law allows “Cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy”.  It “Defines “cannabidiol” and provides an affirmative defense to possession of cannabidiol if the person or the person’s child has been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, the cannabidiol contains not more than 0.3% THC and at least 10% cannabidiol, and other specified conditions are met.” In addition, it provides “civil immunity for a health care provider if the patient who possesses the cannabidiol is a part of a clinical trial.”

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Indiana

Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian (D) has filed a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

The proposal – Senate Bill 255 – would allow those who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess, cultivate and use cannabis for medical use (up to eight ounces and 12 plants). Qualifying conditions include migraines, glaucoma, anorexia, post traumatic stress disorder, arthritis and several others.

A system of regulated cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers could be authorized as a means of safe access to the medicine. The bill would create the Department of Marijuana Enforcement (DOME), which would oversee the program.

According to a recent WTHR Howey Politics Indiana Poll, 73% of Indiana residents support legalizing medical cannabis; just 25% are opposed, with 2% undecided.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed in Indiana

Indiana Statecannabisthc Senator Karen Tallian has filed Senate Bill 284, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 284 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to twelve plants, for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions include AIDS/HIV, anorexia, severe nausea, arthritis, seizures, Chrohn’s disease, migraine headaches, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and “any persistent or chronic illness or condition that, in the opinion of a physician, substantially limits the ability of a person to conduct one or more major life activities; or may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or mental or physical health if not alleviated; if the illness or condition may be improved by the use of marijuana.”

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Announced in Indiana

Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian has announcedindiana that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, which will be discussed in the upcoming legislative session which begins next month.

Senator Tallian last year introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, though that proposal unfortunately stalled in committee.

“My bills in the past have only addressed the decriminalization of marijuana, but I had planned on including a medical facet of the proposal that would allow for medical marijuana in Indiana,” said Tallian in a recent press release. “For this upcoming session, I have a bill ready to file to legalize medical marijuana.”

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