It’s Time For Indiana Lawmakers To Create A Marijuana Commission To Study Legalization, Former State GOP Senator Says (Op-Ed)

It’s Time For Indiana Lawmakers To Create A Marijuana Commission To Study Legalization, Former State GOP Senator Says (Op-Ed)
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“One of a legislator’s main responsibilities is to protect Hoosier citizens. The creation of a system to regulate cannabis is right in line with that important duty.” By Former Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt (R) | Indiana Capital Chronicle The 2023 session of Indiana’s General Assembly has commenced, and I am certain you’re thinking about the biennial budget that features K-12 & higher education funding along with how you can make Indiana a healthier state. As you know, another issue that has gained prominence and support in the minds of many Hoosiers is the regulation of cannabis. I write you this open letter for the purpose of providing focus on this topic. The 2022 General Assembly interim committee hearing featuring cannabis this past fall provided a good beginning to show the legislature the amount of interest there is in regulating cannabis in our state. The next step in regulating cannabis is a very consequential one. One of a legislator’s main responsibilities is to protect Hoosier citizens. The creation of a system to regulate cannabis is right in line with that important duty. Like it or not, cannabis is here to stay. Countless Hoosiers will continue to consume it illegally and dangerously with no idea what’s in it. A full vetting of the issue is a necessity now. Now is the time for a two-year cannabis commission. Folks will scoff at this idea and yet, it’s a common sense move. Remember, commissions have created quality public policy initiatives such as reforming the property tax system and selling alcohol on Sundays. A commission would uncover best and worst practices in the states that currently regulate cannabis. A commission would have the mission to create an integral framework of guidelines and standards for the product to protect public health and provide consumer safety. Indiana…

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