INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s county prosecutors stay vehemently against any type of marijuana legalization and demand the plant “is not medicine” amid a push by a conservative state lawmaker to have it acknowledged as such.
The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys argues any sort of marijuana legalization would include grave penalties in a letter despatched to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration. The letter, dated final week, was publicly launched Monday.
“Reports abound of efforts to legalize marijuana in the state of Indiana,” wrote David N. Powell, the affiliation’s govt secretary. “We respectfully ask the (administration) to formally oppose the legalization of marijuana in any form, for any purpose.”
It comes as state Rep. Jim Lucas — a media-savvy politician higher identified for his outspoken opposition to gun restrictions — says he’ll “100 percent full-throttle” pursue medical marijuana laws.
The libertarian-leaning lawmaker from Seymour faces lengthy odds through the session starting in January, however the truth that a Republican is so vocally pushing the measure marks a major change.
Reached Tuesday for touch upon the prosecutors’ letter, Lucas stated: “The gloves are off.” Holcomb’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Although federal regulation nonetheless considers marijuana unlawful, greater than half of U.S. states, together with some conservative ones, have legalized medical marijuana for the remedy of sure situations.
“This is what pisses me off: we got 29 states that are ahead of us that have shown the benefits,” Lucas stated. “Can it be abused? Sure, anything can be abused. But since we know this can save lives, why do we want to continue to risk the quality of life, or the wellbeing of innocent people, just because some might go out there and abuse it?”
He recommended medical marijuana may present a substitute for addictive painkillers.
The prosecutors affiliation disagrees. They additionally say those that argue that marijuana can be utilized as drugs are counting on “half-truths and anecdotal evidence.” But that’s at odds with scientific research which have discovered marijuana can deal with power ache and ease nausea from chemotherapy, amongst different medical points.
A federal advisory panel stated in a January report that there are seemingly medical advantages to marijuana, but in addition potential dangers that have to be researched extra.
Powell stated in his letter Food and Drug Administration evaluation is the one “legally recognized procedure for bringing safe and effective medications to the American public.”
“To date, the FDA has not found marijuana to be either safe or effective medicine for any condition,” he added.
Last 12 months, Indiana took child steps towards adopting medical marijuana after Holcomb signed a regulation permitting these with a type of epilepsy to make use of cannabidiol, sometimes called CBD, which is derived from hashish vegetation however lacks the stuff that may get you excessive.
The prosecutors affiliation opposed the measure.