Indiana Prosecutors Prepared to Battle Against Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana legalization has become a very bipartisan issue with support coming from both sides of the aisle. The state of Indiana has traditionally leaned more to the right and a republican representative, Jim Lucas, is now pushing hard for medical marijuana legalization. Indiana prosecutors are deeply against the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes and made their beliefs known through a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb.

Representative Jim Lucas is alarmed that his state seems to be have been left behind by the medical marijuana movement and feels like people are ignoring the obvious benefits of legalized medical marijuana. Are you “pissed off,” like Jim Lucas is, that people seem to be purposefully blind about the benefits of medical marijuana?

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s county prosecutors remain vehemently opposed to any form of marijuana legalization and insist the plant “is not medicine” amid a push by a conservative state lawmaker to have it recognized as such.

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys argues any type of marijuana legalization would come with grave consequences in a letter sent to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration. The letter, dated last week, was publicly released Monday.

“Reports abound of efforts to legalize marijuana in the state of Indiana,” wrote David N. Powell, the association’s executive 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 better known for his outspoken opposition to gun restrictions — says he will “100 percent full-throttle” pursue medical marijuana legislation.

The libertarian-leaning lawmaker from Seymour faces long odds during the session beginning in January, but the fact that a Republican is so vocally pushing the measure marks a significant change.

Reached Tuesday for comment on the prosecutors’ letter, Lucas said: “The gloves are off.” Holcomb’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Although federal law still considers marijuana illegal, more than half of U.S. states, including some conservative ones, have legalized medical marijuana for the treatment of certain conditions.

“This is what pisses me off: we got 29 states that are ahead of us that have shown the benefits,” Lucas said. “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 suggested medical marijuana could provide an alternative to addictive painkillers.

The prosecutors association disagrees. They also say those who argue that marijuana can be used as medicine are relying on “half-truths and anecdotal evidence.” But that’s at odds with scientific studies that have found marijuana can treat chronic pain and ease nausea from chemotherapy, among other medical issues.


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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  1. I have been getting bombarded with calls and emails asking me to respond to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council or IPAC’s letter so entitled “Marijuana is Not a Medicine.”

    Let me say here… There is one reason and one reason only for them to put out such a letter. AND THAT IS FEAR. Our fellow Hoosiers are speaking out loud and clear against this false propaganda ever since it was published a few days ago and the polls are showing it (it’s well over 87{b9c41f62a37c687b31b667cf69204c41d59060d4b370c48d31ec094649de4955} and climbing, just against this letter alone). Their tactics of putting out stats and quotes is bias, one sided reporting and it is their attempt to draw the public to their point of view. They just don’t want cannabis in any form in Indiana, even for medical purposes. Well it’s not going to work. It didn’t work for Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi Party, or Attorney General Curtis Hill’s article in the Indy Star last summer, nor Governor Chris Christie’s speech here in Indianapolis last week. We are tired of the lies because we know better.
    Knowledge is power …..and we are not ignorant!

    IPAC is afraid because the majority of informed Hoosiers are speaking out to the contrary. IPAC should be afraid by making such a bold statement that “Marijuana is not a medicine!” And this my friends will be the heart of their communications and fears going forth. I wish I could personally take on IPAC, the Attorney General and our Governor in front of a jury of our peers and have them prove just one thing and one thing only, that cannabis has “NO, I REPEAT NO MEDICINAL BENEFITS WHAT SO EVER.” This folks is why they are so afraid because IPAC KNOWS THEY CAN’T.

    So, what are they doing? They are setting up an ambush, attempting to kill any chance or hope that this issue or any Bill will be brought up before a Committee hearing in the upcoming 2018 General Assembly Session. IPAC is afraid because if “we the people” do get that opportunity we will put before them the overwhelming evidence to support our case, backed by patients, the medical professionals, academia and yes even our veterans who have paid the price to have their voices heard by all. It didn’t work for them last year when they were defeated on the CBD Bill for children with epilepsy and they know they can’t win now or ever in the future if brought before “THE PEOPLE.”

    As a former Marine infantryman when in an ambush your only option is turn directly into that ambush and attack. It is a kill or be killed situation. And one more truth that IPAC failed to mention in their letter… cannabis never killed anyone, and it never will.

    Respectfully Submitted

    Jeff Staker
    Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis, Inc.

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