The Indiana Democratic Party will be pushing for the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Indiana in the next legislative session. Democrats point to polls that show nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers agree with legalizing the use of marijuana for medical, recreation, or both. Those numbers have only increased in polling over the years. Possession of marijuana in Indiana is currently punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Prior convictions or possession of larger amounts of marijuana can increase jail time to a year or more. Michigan, Illinois and Ohio have all legalized marijuana in some form.“Hoosiers have seen the impact that recreational and medicinal cannabis use has made on the states around us, and not only are they contributing to neighboring states’ economies, but Indiana is also now on the verge of losing out altogether,” said Mike Schmuhl, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “The Republican supermajority at the Statehouse is losing its economic common sense if they do not join Democrats this session in making this opportunity a winner for the Hoosier State,” said Schmuhl.
Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 11/15/2021 12:35:00