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Senator From Indiana Submits Medical Marijuana Bill

There have been numerous questions whether 2017 will be the year that medical marijuana will be finally legalized in Indiana. Karen Tallian is pushing for the bill to receive approval in the General Assembly. The senator is pushing for a statewide medical marijuana program. The Senate Bill 255 will allow medical marijuana to be used by patients suffering from migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder, and glaucoma. They will have access to the drug under the prescription of a licensed physician. If the bill is passed, patients with chronic illnesses will also be allowed to used medical marijuana. However, a doctor has to approve of its use.

 

The bill proposes the creation of a Department of Marijuana Enforcement (DOME) to oversee the program. The department will have an advisory committee that would determine different provisions of the program and inclusion of other related conditions. Tallian has brought up the bill six times. However, the proposal has not received a hearing because of rejection from the Republican-dominated legislature. Tallian is a Democrat.

 

Last year, Tallian said that she would seek strong support from the Republican legislators. She later expressed her delight of having a lot of votes on the Republican supporters. The legislator has enormous support from the American Legion Department of Indian. The organization is hoping to convince the General Assembly of considering the use of medical marijuana.

 

Jeff Staker urged the legislators to listen to the veterans. He said that the veterans had a better chance of getting the legislators’ attention. A poll by WTHR shows that 73 percent of the residents of Indiana support the legalization of medical marijuana. It would be a hard task for Tallian’s bill to pass through the General Assembly smoothly. Moreover, Governor Eric Holcomb is unlikely to sign the bill to become law.

James Nowacki’s Efforts to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Indiana

James Nowacki is a government critic from Gary. He made a 160-mile walk from his house to the Indiana Statehouse in six days. Nowacki said that he wanted to lobby Indiana’s General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana. Senator Karen Tallian sponsored the bill. Nowacki hopes to speak out on behalf of the proposal.

 

Tallian confirmed that Nowacki had arrived on Friday. She said that Nowacki began his journey on Sunday morning. She continued by saying the efforts of Tallian should not be taken for granted. Tallian stated that Nowacki’s actions drew attention and the need for expansion of prescription drugs. Tallian has been a senator since 2004. She congratulated and thanked Nowacki for his commitment and determination to change the state’s public policy.

 

On Friday, the Post-Tribune was unable to reach Nowacki through his personal number. However, he posted updates on a blog that is supported by his close friend. Nowacki posted about his journey to the General Assembly. He explained how he walked 300,000 steps and endured snow, sleet, rain, and cold temperatures on the way. Nowacki said that he received numerous messages of encouragement on his Facebook page.

 

Nowacki was born in 1955 in Chicago. He has lived most of his life in Gary. Nowacki does not use marijuana. He said that he supports the use of prescribed medical marijuana. The drug has been legalized in the neighboring state of Illinois for medical purposes. Nowacki continued by saying that he has seen medical marijuana being used to treat individuals with different forms of cancer. He stated that he was not pleased by the way some patients used illegal means to access the drug. He hoped that his efforts would create a way for the legalization of medical marijuana to benefit patients in the state.