Prosecutor's Association comes out against marijuana legalization

(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) - The debate surrounding marijuana legalization in Indiana is getting people talking on both sides. Tuesday night, the Indiana Prosecutor's Association is speaking out staunchly against the idea.

The prosecutor's association sent out a three-page letter to the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

In it, the association details exactly why it says 'no' to marijuana in the Hoosier state.

David Powell, Executive Secretary of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's said, “We're opposed. Been strongly opposed to any legalization of either medical marijuana or recreational marijuana."

The association points to research that believes marijuana increases the risk of opioid abuse.

The association also believes states like Colorado where marijuana is legal have been hurt by legalization.

“You know, children are doing poorly with marijuana use. Employers are struggling to find people to pass drug tests. We have a big enough problem with that now in Indiana with employers,” said Powell.

The association believes the green stuff has no place in Indiana – even for medical use.

However, attorney Stephen Dillon with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said, “There's no evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug. All the evidence shows marijuana is an exit drug. It'll get you off the bad stuff. It'll save your life.”

“I'm tired of seeing people die on opioids,” said Dillon, “I think if we legalize medical marijuana in Indiana. It'll save hundreds of lives if not thousands of lives of people that are suffering addiction and narcotics.”

Republican State Rep. Jim Lucas is working on medical marijuana legislation right now.

He's going to introduce it in January and he wants to open a dialogue.

"I merely want to make it available to the experts. The doctors and patients to decide what's best for them,” said State Rep. Lucas.

Lucas said he expects bipartisan support for his bill.

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(This story was originally published November 7, 2017)


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