Indiana House Passes Resolution to Study MMJ

Indiana’s House has unanimously voted to study medical cannabis legalization before next year’s session, the Indy Star reports. The resolution was offered by Majority Floor Leader Rep. Matt Lehmen – a sign that the reforms have a shot at being considered next session.

Since the measure is a resolution, it does not need to be voted on by the Senate; instead, if three of the four legislative leaders from both parties agree to the study, it will be assigned to a committee in the summer. According to the report, Minority Leader Rep. Terry Goodin, House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Senate Democrat Leader Sen. Tim Lanane indicated they would support the study.

Bosma, a Republican, does not support medical cannabis legalization but said his “mind could be changed, but it’ll be based on facts not opinions.”

“Honestly my opinion about the advisability hasn’t necessarily changed but my opinion as to whether or not we need to study the issue likely has. Our own surgeon general called for a study of the issue. So I think we need to take a look at the effects and I support a study.” Bosma, at the start of session, via the Indy Star

Neither Gov. Eric Holcomb nor Attorney General Curtis Hill support the reforms. According to the report, the Senate does not plan on studying the issue.

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