Rep. Jim Lucas on Legalizing Marijuana: Indiana Should be Embarrassed

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Rep. Jim Lucas on Legalizing Marijuana: Indiana Should be Embarrassed

Lucas: "We have to be intellectually honest and quit relying on decades of stigma, fear-mongering, and just outright lies on this issue."

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Indiana's failure to legalize marijuana at a time when several states have embraced cannabis as a means of combating the opioid crisis is an embarrassment to Hoosiers, according to state Representative Jim Lucas. 

There are now 11 states that allow the recreational use of marijuana: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Nevada, Vermont and Washington, along with the District of Columbia. More than 30 states, including our neighbors in Ohio, allow the use of medical marijuana.

Meanwhile, as Indiana aggressively seeks to embrace traditionally progressive issues like "hate crimes" legislation, public transit, and increasing regulatory and tax burdens on small businesses, Hoosier politicians are uncompromising in their resistance to medical and recreational marijuana.

WIBC's Hammer and Nigel spoke with Indiana Representative Jim Lucas about the issue Monday afternoon.

 

Lucas:

"This is something that we have to be intellectually honest about, guys, and quit relying on decades of stigma, fear-mongering, and just outright lies on this issue. [legalizaiton of marijuana] is not the magic wand for everything and yes, it can be abused. So with those ground rules established, let's move forward and start having an adult conversation on this issue."

Lucas expressed frustration with Governor Eric Holcomb's refusal to consider the issue until marijuana is legalized on the Federal level.

"Leaders need to lead. We have 30 states that have a medical cannabis program in place and 11, soon to be 12, that have gone recreational. Not one state has rescinded their cannabis programs. As a matter of fact, they've expanded them. Look at what Illinois is doing with opioid issue - they're expanded their cannabis program to help combat the opioid crisis. Even Kentucky is at least having hearings on medical cannabis, and we can't even get to the very first stage."

 Click the link below to hear Hammer and Nigel's full interview with Rep. Lucas. 

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