Ohio, Indiana: the Next Medical Marijuana States?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 07/06/2011 in Medical Marijuana Laws
Over in the Buckeye State, the Ohio Medicinal Cannabis Act of 2012 is being prepared as a statewide ballot initiative for the November 6, 2012 General Election.
It’s a new regulatory model for medical marijuana, which unlike medical cannabis laws in other states, will establish governmental agencies to regulate cannabis similar to alcohol. It will replicate a system that has successfully overseen vineyards and adult beverages for over 75 years.
The University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research’s social issue poll found that 73% of Ohio voters are in support of medical marijuana. So stay tuned for updates of medical marijuana laws being passed in Ohio!
The Hoosier State, on the other hand, is taking a full spectrum look at marijuana. A newly formed committee of Indiana lawmakers will soon begin a study of the state’s marijuana laws and consider several policy shifts. Not only will they be analyzing medical marijuana laws of other states, but they’ll be considering marijuana’s effect on Indiana’s criminal justice system and analyze the states that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis.
The particular issues getting the most attention will be:
- Marijuana and its effect on the Indiana criminal justice system.
- Whether the possession and use of marijuana should continue to be illegal in Indiana and, if so, which penalties and amounts pertaining to marijuana possession and use are appropriate.
- Whether a program for medical marijuana should be implemented in Indiana and, if so, under what parameters.
- Whether marijuana should be treated and controlled like alcohol, with controlled and regulated sales, and special taxation.
So patients one day will be able to medicate under Indiana medical marijuana laws, or perhaps completely legally if Indiana legalizes cannabis. Only time will tell. But we’ve got our fingers crossed that patients in both Ohio and Indiana can get safe, legal access to medical marijuana!