State Sen. Karen
Tallian, D-Portage, has introduced a bill which would legalize the
possession of recreational marijuana in amounts under two ounces.
Tallian filed the
bill on Tuesday, along with a companion bill which would establish a
Cannabis Compliance Commission, whose purview would be the oversight of
state regulation governing the sale, use, and consumption of cannabis.
programs cannot be approved by a ballot initiative (in Indiana), it is up to
the legislature to follow the will of the people,” Tallian said. “Support
for legalizing and taxing cannabis is at an all-time high, and 10 states, as
well as Washington, D.C., have already legalized marijuana for recreational
“I am proposing the
creation of a cannabis regulatory agency in order to protect the interests
of Hoosiers,” Tallian added. “We recently legalized the use of CBD oil and
industrial hemp, but the state has no structure in place to make sure that
these products are properly regulated for consumers. A Cannabis Compliance
Commission would help provide for a stable and safe cannabis industry in the
state. When Indiana legalizes medical or recreational marijuana, the
structure will be in place.”
Tallian plans soon
to file a third cannabis-related bill as well. This one would allow Indiana
to join 33 other states by creating a statewide medical marijuana program.
cannabis is a part of the Indiana Senate Democrat Caucus’ 2019 legislative