An Indiana lawmaker took the first steps this week toward decriminalizing marijuana in the state.
Karen Tallian, a state senator in Indiana, filed legislation on Monday to do just that. Under Tallian’s bill, possession of less than an ounce of pot would only be a ticketable offense accompanied by a small fine and, crucially, no jail time.
“We all know the governor does not want to legalize marijuana, but there is no longer any justification for arresting people for possession,” Tallian said, as quoted by NWITimes.com. “I am hopeful that decriminalization is something the whole Legislature can finally get behind this year.”
The Future of Cannabis in Indiana
The bill, which will be taken up by Tallian’s colleagues in the Indiana legislature next year, is one of three pieces of legislation filed by the Democratic lawmaker this week aimed at overhauling the state’s marijuana laws.
One of the bills would reverse what her office called a “misstep” in last year’s legislative session that made smokable hemp illegal, while the other proposal would establish a regulatory agency for any cannabis-related products.
“Indiana has to address its outdated and confusing cannabis laws,” Tallian said in a press release this week. “This legislature