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Indiana Lawmaker to Introduce Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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.

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.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:17:48 +0000