State Senator seeks to legalize medical marijuana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There could be a debate in the Indiana General Assembly this year over a plan to legalize medical marijuana.

State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) filed a bill that would create a new Department of Marijuana Enforcement and launch a medical marijuana program.

She calls it “a small, very careful first step.”

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath will support it.

“People are ready to embrace some changes,” said Pelath. “They’re tired of filling up our jails and they want people who are very sick to get the pain relief that they need.”

Tallian is a Democrat from Portage who filed a bill to decriminalize marijuana last year.

It didn’t receive a committee hearing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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