Medical marijuana is 'wrong for Indiana' and could worsen drug crisis, county prosecutors group says

A county prosecutor's group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it's "wrong for Indiana" and could worsen the state's drug abuse crisis.

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys wrote a letter to the state's drug czar last week, asking him to "formally oppose the legalization of marijuana in any form, for any purpose."

"We strongly believe both medicinal and recreational marijuana legalization are wrong for Indiana," said the Nov. 3 letter to the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, chaired by drug czar Jim McClelland. "We urge you to take a stand against these policies that would cause further harm to communities already
suffering from the devastating effects of drug abuse."


Indiana: medical marijuana advocates hold rally to encourage patients to support the issue

IndyCann and Higher Fellowship founder Bobbie Young talks about Saturday's rally at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, which invited medical cannabis patients to share their stories and advocate for legalization of medical marijuana. Jenna Watson/IndyStar

Rally-goers and organizers pose for a photo together during a rally outside the Indiana Statehouse held by IndyCann and the Higher Fellowship to advocate medical cannabis law reform, Indianapolis, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.(Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)Buy Photo

Scott Cooksey gives his son Timothy 18 pills a day. The 19-year-old, who lives in Terre Haute with his family, has intractable epilepsy and Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome. 


Did Indiana legalize cannabis? Yes. Kind of. Maybe.

A new Indiana law intended to legalize the use of a cannabis extract to treat epilepsy instead resulted in a massive crackdown on the product across the state, making it more challenging for those with severe medical issues to obtain it.

An IndyStar investigation has found that after the law passed in April, the Indiana State Excise Police confiscated products containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD, from 57 stores across the state. Cannabidiol is a nonpsychoactive substance in marijuana.

The problem: CBD may be perfectly legal. 


Hoosier veterans head to DC to fight for marijuana legalization

A group of Indiana veterans is heading to Washington D.C. next week to try to convince lawmakers to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans.

Advocates with the group “Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis” say allowing veterans to have medical marijuana would save many lives.

According to their website, the group advocates for the “legalization of medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes and for legislative bodies to endorse veterans’ right to use medical cannabis therapeutically and responsibly.”


CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains

Neuroscientists have found that cannabidiol reduces symptoms such as impaired memory in adolescent mice simultaneously exposed to THC.

Researchers at Indiana University (IU) have found that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol (CBD), appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.


Medical marijuana advocates call legalization a moral and nonpartisan issue

For a group of medical cannabis advocates, Saturday was about educating the public so they could, in turn, educate their state lawmakers. 

At the Indiana Medical Cannabis Town Hall Meeting, lawmakers, professors, veterans and other medical marijuana advocates came together at the Indiana State Library. 


Medical marijuana bill on its way to Indiana legislature — and a Republican is behind it

A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would legalize medical marijuana.

Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour said he is still working out the details, but has "every intention of introducing a bill that legalizes medical marijuana."

"I can’t comprehend how we can deny people something that provides them with relief that’s not addictive and is not killing anyone when we know for a fact that prescription opioids are killing people," he said.

Lucas has been soliciting feedback on the topic on Facebook and said he has discussed the topic with doctors, veterans organizations and advocacy groups such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.


Indiana Lawmaker Pushes for Medical Marijuana to Curb Opioid Epidemic

An Indiana republican lawmaker plans to file a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in hopes it could curb the state’s opioid epidemic.

Rep. Jim Lucas said he has heard from several people in his district who believe they could benefit from the drug.

"People telling me their personal stories, how they've been helped by this product, how far behind Indiana is on this issue,” said Lucas. “That right there, we have a responsibility to at least investigate it and determine the facts, and if there is something positive out there, we have to pursue that."

Lucas said his research of medical marijuana was sparked after learning the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission reportedly raided a store for selling CBD oil – a substance people have been using to cure pain.  


Marijuana Access Advocates Weigh Paths Forward In Indiana

Indiana may not join the next wave of states that legalize medical or recreational marijuana, but it doesn’t mean Hoosiers can’t partake in the booming business.

That was the message from national Marijuana Business Association founder Dave Rheins at a forum in Indianapolis Tuesday night.

In a cigar smoke-filled room at a downtown social club, he told a small crowd other states’ up-start marijuana sectors need lawyers, marketers, investors and agritech experts to get involved.

“You do not have to be a farmer to be a part of the cannabis and hemp revolution. … You do not have to touch the plant,” he says. “These small and medium businesses, they need money, but they need, more than that, your experience as professionals.”


Marijuana extract could soon be legal for Indiana epilepsy patients

Hemp plants grow at Meigs Farm, part of Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center south of Lafayette. After the plant was legalized for research purposes in 2014, a Purdue professor planted in June 2015 Indiana’s first industrial hemp in 80 years.(Photo: Joseph Paul/Journal & Courier)

Trace amounts of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana could soon be legal for Indiana epilepsy patients under a measure headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk.


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