Drug Czar Says Indiana Has It Right on Marijuana Policy

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Drug Czar Says Indiana Has It Right on Marijuana Policy

Indiana is one of 17 states where medical and recreational use remain illegal

(INDIANAPOLIS) -  Indiana's hard line on marijuana has the backing of the national drug czar.

Indiana is one of 17 states where even medical marijuana is still illegal. Director of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll echoes Governor Holcomb in saying it's worth researching medical benefits, but until the Food and Drug Administration confirms they exist, there's no grounds for legalization. So far, the FDA has approved just four cannabis derivatives for medical use, including a purified form of CBD oil which Carroll notes can't get you high.

Carroll says what is confirmed is the damage marijuana does to teenage brain development. He says that's reason enough to keep it illegal.

11 states have legalized marijuana, while 22 more have legalized it for medical use only. Carroll says the regulation of marijuana dispensaries which has accompanied those laws isn't enough to limit marijuana use to adults. He says black markets are still thriving in states with legal marijuana, as people either want the cheaper version they can buy on the street or don't want to drive to the nearest dispensary.

Carroll was in Indiana this week to meet with Holcomb and rural legislators.

(Photo: Don MacKinnon/AFP via Getty Images)

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