The climate regarding marijuana legalization in Indiana is shifting, to say the least. Back in 2012, when Carlin Yoder, a Republican Senator in Indiana, gave an interview, his position on legalizing marijuana was pretty clear. At the time, he said that he doesn’t believe in marijuana legalization, has very few reasons to support such an initiative but also thinks it will happen one way or another. You could say that it’s only a matter of time before Indiana legalizes cannabis. This especially evident from a Republican standpoint because when Yoder believes this is inevitable, we bet the Democrats are already developing a thorough marijuana legalization plan.
Colorado & Washington Progress
Our readers are probably well familiar with the progress Colorado and Washington are making in terms of marijuana legalization for recreational use. These two states are serving as great examples and naturally, other states want to follow suit. Specifically, Colorado is making tons of money from selling marijuana and when all else fails, you can always count on money to turn a few heads around. That’s why Indiana Senator Karen Tallian has been steadily pushing cannabis legalization bills in Indiana, especially during the last several sessions. Obviously, none have passed so far but we are hoping that would change in the near future. In fact, she is so infatuated with Colorado’s progress; she is definitely going to introduce another marijuana legalization bill next year as well.
Time To Develop A Strategy
As you can tell, Tallian is very adamant when it comes to marijuana legalization and it would probably be best take baby steps instead of going for a full blown legalization for recreational use. She also believes that legalizing medical marijuana would be best as a first step, something that would open doors to new bills in the upcoming months. Tallian doesn’t seem like she has a specific plan that she will put in motion but instead just screams with ambition and decisiveness. As much as that is a good thing, having no strategy whatsoever doesn’t sound promising. On the other hand, Yoder believes that legalizing marijuana simply for revenue sake is not the best way to go about it because Indiana has enough revenue from activities like gambling and similar sin taxes. That’s why Yoder doesn’t believe that Indiana needs another barely legal way to gain revenue. Simply put, it wouldn’t benefit society as much as Tallian believes it would. So, as much as Yoder says that marijuana legalization is inevitable, he certainly will not be the one contributing to it.
Curtis Hill is the prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County and he has a somewhat old fashioned opinion on legalizing marijuana as he is firmly against because he believes its gateway drug, one that might lead to an increase in crime rates and more problems with the teenage population. We believe education is key here and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the sake of Indiana.