Published on February 15th, 2015 | by News Feed
Indiana Chooses Not To Dance With Mary Jane
State senator Karen Tallian is an outspoken supporter of medical marijuana. She makes no attempt to hide her standing and she encourages her constituents to do the same. For some time Sen. Tallian has been attempting to introduce a bill into the state house for a hearing and for consideration. She was informed today that her bill would not be heard much to the chagrin of her supporters and medical marijuana supporters across the state.
Many medical marijuana activists in the Hoosier state have long thought that 2015 would be the year that medical marijuana would be given a chance in Indiana. However the leader of the house, Patricia Miller, has made it clear that this will not be the year for cannabis.
Sen. Tallian said in a statement, “Today, I was informed by Chairwoman Patricia Miller that my medical cannabis bill will not be given a hearing once again this year. I spoke with Senator Miller at least once a week about my bill and I began to fear that this was going to be the result, since I could not get a definitive answer from Senator Miller.”
While the setback for medical marijuana is yet another hurdle that must be operated around, Senator Tallian is adamant that she will not give up. The senator has stated that she will continue to search for additional avenues that she can travel in order to have her bill presented for a hearing.
“I am not giving up on this topic during the 2015 session, I am determined to have the necessary debate on this topic during this session of the Indiana General Assembly. I am exploring options to amend current legislation to include medical cannabis as a viable medical alternative for the citizens of Indiana.”
While her objective is considered noble by many it is obvious that her ideal outcome will have many obstacles to overcome. Many in the state legislature have made it clear that they are not interested in this debate at this time. While many outside activist groups have been holding out hope that Indiana will be the next state to allow medical marijuana, it would appear that the only chance the bill has is a long shot at best. Some have suggested that the bill could be altered but many have said this would simply water down the bill.
The senator took to her Facebook page this afternoon to share the news with her many followers. While the outcome was not what they wanted to hear many showed their appreciation for the fact that she is fighting the good fight. Others were a bit more vocal in there displeasure with the local governing body. It appears that Indiana will have to wait yet another year before cannabis is up for another hearing.
Marijuana activist Bill Levin released a statement this afternoon that was both pointed and angry. “Karen Tallians Indiana Medical Marijuana bill has been shot down in flames over the state house this afternoon. Thank your state reps and state senators for this act of ignorance.”
How is it possible that a known medical solution such as cannabis is being continually denied by such a small percentage of the population in Indiana? What, if anything, can be done to change this outcome?