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Indiana is going to review(hopefully change) marijuana laws next summer(2012)!

Discussion in 'Legal Edge' started by mjisgood21, Jan 29, 2011.


    mjisgood21 Well-Known Member

    Its not a solid go ahead for legalization,but at least someone finally steped up & said something about it!Thank you karen Tallian:clap:!Bill Levin is very happy to hear this also.
    Heres a vid of him from last year.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglnZYDuWUI
    And here is the link for the report,I just copied and pasted below also.
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state senator is asking a question she hopes will spur debate over sentencing laws and possibly save Indiana millions of dollars: Should the state legalize marijuana?
    Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations. Other states have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana or created programs to allow medical marijuana, and Tallian said it's time for conservative Indiana to start the discussion.
    "We need to think about this," Tallian said. "We're cutting essential services out of the budget now, and it may not make sense to spend millions of dollars prosecuting marijuana cases."
    Democrats are far outnumbered in the Senate, but Senate Corrections Committee Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he would give Tallian's proposal a legislative hearing. He said the study committee could help lawmakers determine whether they should explore the issue further — but noted that even in California, a proposal to legalize marijuana for adults over 21 failed.
    "Quite frankly, in a more conservative state like Indiana I can't imagine it passing," Steele said.
    Tallian's bill would direct the summer study committee to examine the issue and determine:
    — Marijuana's effects on Indiana's criminal justice system.
    — Whether possession and use of marijuana should continue to be illegal in Indiana and, if so, what penalties are appropriate.
    — Whether Indiana should create a medical marijuana program.
    — Whether marijuana should be completely legalized and treated like a controlled substance such as alcohol, with regulated sales and special taxes.
    Tallian believes current sentencing is not proportionate to the crime. For possession of less than 30 grams — about an ounce — of marijuana, an offender faces up to a year in jail. Those possessing over an ounce can be sentenced to up to three years.
    Tallian says there are about 10,000 to 13,000 marijuana cases each year, and that about 85 percent of those deal with possession. She had no estimates of how much the state pays to prosecute and house nonviolent marijuana offenders, but guessed Indiana could save millions.
    "I'm tired of seeing people thrown in jail for what I think is something that's the equivalent of alcohol," Tallian said.
    A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said the governor's response to Tallian's proposal was that "legislators can study whatever they choose to study. It's their decision."
    More than a dozen states have decriminalized possessing small amounts marijuana by eliminating prison time or reducing penalties to a civil fine, similar to a traffic violation, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The group says 15 states and Washington, D.C. have medical marijuana programs.
    Tallian said the public's attitude toward marijuana is changing, but she acknowledged it can take years for controversial proposals to gain traction in the Legislature. She said her bill creating the study would simply explore the issue. Any legislation to change marijuana laws would have to wait until next year — at the earliest.
    "It's just a study committee," she said.

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    mjisgood21 Well-Known Member

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana senators have postponed plans to discuss a bill that would create a study on whether Indiana should legalize marijuana.
    Senate officials say the bill was inadvertently added to Thursday's schedule but will instead be debated in the coming weeks.
    The proposal floated by Democratic Sen. Karen Tallian of Portage would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and make recommendations. Other states have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana or created medical marijuana programs, and Tallian says it's time for Indiana to start the discussion.
    Democrats are far outnumbered in the Senate. But Republican Senate Corrections Committee Chairman Brent Steele of Bedford says he'll give Tallian's proposal a legislative hearing even though he can't imagine a conservative state like Indiana legalizing marijuana.

    mjisgood21 Well-Known Member

    Indiana senators are slated to debate the proposal this Thursday.
    This one had a few interesting things.Pasted them below the link.
    According to Jeffrey Miron, professor and director of undergraduate studies in Harvard's economic department, Indiana could gain $17.8 million in tax revenue from legalized marijuana. This is outlined in Miron's 2005 study, "Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition."

    According to the DEA's 2005 Domestic Eradication and Suppression program, Indiana had the highest amount of wildly grown marijuana with well over 200 million plants destroyed. Indiana also had 714 marijuana related arrests— the third highest in the study, trailing behind California and Hawaii.

    Even though those are from 2005,that says alot right their for the state to need to change its views on current marijuana laws.

    "Our society is demanding reduced government and budget costs…we want to examine if we want to spend our tax dollars on marijuana arrests or on education," Tallian said.

    Indiana has closed many schools because of this.

    I know you guys probly think im geting to excited,but who wouldn't be excited if the mj laws were reviewed over & possibly changed in a positive way for your non mj state?
    This review won't be done until summer next year.But if this debate held on thursday goes bad,who knows when it will happen again.

    mjisgood21 Well-Known Member


    Toorop Well-Known Member

    Good luck Indiana. I like visiting Naptown on occasion.

    chronichitz420 Member

    It passed by the way I live in Indiana and have been following this for a while. I sure am happy that we are making some progress it's not much but it's some and that's what matters. I thought for the longest time that Indiana was a lost cause and would be one of the last states to even begin to think about it, looks like things are starting to change :) I can post links if you would like to find out how to help in the process.

    georgiagrower Active Member

    I am a hoosier that moved to the south. id like to hear more about this!

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