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If Tony Can't Get A License To Sell Marijuana, Neither Can You

WIBC Morning Host makes a declaration to the powers that be about power grabs and legalized marijuana

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Marijuana is not legal in Indiana. With the General Assembly in full apoplectic fit over cold beer sales, it stands to reason that medical marijuana (or any sales of marijuana) won't be on the agenda anytime soon. 

But Tony Cook of the Indy Star reports that there is a group quietly pushing for it; a group that includes well-connected Democrats and Republicans, all of whom have held positions of leadership in the state.

As WIBC Morning Host Tony Katz discussed, there's nothing wrong with lobbying. However, if Indiana does legalize the sale of marijuana, those licenses can't only go to the well-connected:

When we go full weed, I want a license. We saw in Ohio, when they wanted to legalize marijuana, it got voted down. Because, the way they wanted to do it, it allowed one or two companies to control the entire industry. And it didn't allow for other people to get in, so, basically, it was about who you knew.

 

There's nothing wrong with having a company. And there's nothing wrong with saying, "That when there is legalization of marijuana in Indiana, we want a license to be able to distribute." There is nothing wrong with that. But I want to make sure I'm on record saying something, and I mean this from the bottom of my soul.

I will not allow in Indiana a situation like Ohio to happen here. I will not allow one group of well-connected lobbyists and others, former politicos, to get a license when others can not get a license. Allow me to be even more clear: If Tony Katz can not get a license to sell marijuana in Indiana if and when we allow the sale of marijuana in Indiana, no one gets a license.

Just want to make sure we all understand how things need to work in a free society.

Listen to Tony's commentary below:

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