Indiana State Rep. Jim Lucas said he plans to file a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to help curb the opioid epidemic. Lucas said his research began when he learned the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission raided a store for selling CBS oil -- which people use to cure pain.
"It's woke people up that we have to do something. It's forcing us to consider things that might have been taboo or off-limits just a few months or even a year ago,” he said.
The 91 prosecuting attorneys in Indiana sent a letter to the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, voicing their opposition of the legalization of marijuana, in any form, for any reason.
"We urge you to take a stand against these policies that would cause further harm to communities already suffering from the devastating effects of drug abuse," said David Powell, Executive Secretary, Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc.
The American Legion of Indiana recently discussed its support for legalization of medical cannabis, urging lawmakers to recognize its medical value.
"We want to make sure that our doctors in Indiana that treat our veterans have every tool available to them in their toolbox," Lisa Wilkin, Legislative Director of AMVETS, said. "We have doctors who tell our vets they would be better off using marijuana than the drugs they're able to give them."