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Tallian bill would legalize recreational use of marijuana

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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.

“Since marijuana 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 use.”

“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.

Legalizing medical cannabis is a part of the Indiana Senate Democrat Caucus’ 2019 legislative agenda.



Posted 12/19/2018




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