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Drug commission echoes governor’s anti-marijuana position

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. The 11-3 vote, with two abstentions, was taken at the commission’s regular meeting, echoing Gov. Eric Holcomb’s opposition to legislative efforts to relax Indiana’s marijuana laws. “I think […]

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Advocates rally for medical marijuana at Statehouse

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for the medical use of marijuana rallied at the Statehouse Thursday, offering testimony from people who said their lives were transformed for the better by the use of cannabis oil. “There are an awful a lot of vets out there that are suffering from PTSD, this drug has […]

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5 reasons Indiana may be one of the last states to OK marijuana

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Even though a Ball State survey finds 52 percent of Hoosiers support making marijuana a regulated substance, Indiana may be one of the last states to legalize it. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana around the nation, while Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have legalized it for recreational use. […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The session begins, Gov. Pence’s budget plan & more

This week on the podcast, we talk about the start of the 2015 legislative session and what’s interesting about the two-year budget proposed by Gov. Mike Pence. And of course, we’ve got our Pence Watch, focused a bill that would have let the governor run for reelection and for president at the same time.

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Long: State should wait, watch before legalizing marijuana

By Levi Lotz TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana Senate said Tuesday that a bill to legalize the use and distribution of medical marijuana in Indiana needs work and lawmakers should wait before approving it. Senate President Pro-Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill – proposed by Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage – […]