Legalizing medical and adult use cannabis is on Indiana Democrats’ agenda for 2019. But one state senator isn’t waiting for January’s legislative session to get the ball rolling. So after the ball drops and Indiana lawmakers return to work January 3, State Senator Karen Tallian’s two cannabis bills will be waiting for them.
“The Pot Legislator” Files Two Bills to Legalize and Regulate Cannabis Industry in Indiana
Democratic State Senator Karen Tallian has been a legislative champion of cannabis-related initiatives since at least 2011, when she introduced her first bill to create a state-sponsored study on the impact of Indiana’s criminalization of marijuana. Despite opposition in the Indiana House, Tallian was able to advance the study. Then, in 2012 (and again in 2013) she tried to reduce sentences for marijuana-related convictions. But those bills never moved out of committee. Neither did Tallian’s 2014 effort to legalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use. Or her 2015 effort to legalize medical cannabis and set up a Department of Marijuana Enforcement (DOME) to replace the federally-supported marijuana eradication program.
Sen. Tallian’s dedication to progressive marijuana legislation in a highly conservative state prompted Indianapolis’ alt-weekly Nuvo to dub her “The Pot