Contact Us

Indiana Lawmakers Set to Introduce Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

Indiana may decriminalize marijuana
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Indiana lawmakers are currently working to introduce legislation by early next year that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If this bill passes, possession of up to three ounces (85 grams) of marijuana could be charged as a minor infraction rather than a criminal misdemeanor.

Democratic state Senator Karen Tallin, who plans to reintroduce the bill, says that there was absolutely no chance of a bill like this being embraced several years ago, but now people are starting to relax a little bit. “Two or three years ago when I started talking about that it was, ‘You’re crazy,'” she said. “Now, it’s like: ‘I’m all right with that.’ I’ve gotten that from a lot of people. ‘I wouldn’t put my name on it but I’ll support you.'”

Currently, a first time offender caught with just under an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor that carries a jail term of up to one year. Second time possession offenders can receive a Class D felony, which comes with a prison term of up to three years.

Advocates for this bill say that by decriminalizing marijuana in Indiana the state can put a leash on prison overcrowding and keep kids from ending up with criminal records. “It’s about saving the state money and it’s about helping kids,” said Tallian.

Critics of the bill say that by not hammering down stiff penalties for marijuana possession, we are sending a message to kids that doing drugs is acceptable. However, both the opposition and supporters agree that it will be a long time before Indiana legalizes marijuana like Colorado and Washington.

[Greenfield Reporter]

Best of Newstalk 1280

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newstalk VIPs quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newstalk VIPs contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.