Should marijuana be legalized in Indiana? That is the question on so many minds these days as the controversy heats up. Even the Indiana State Police Superintendent is geting in on the action.
After over 40 years trying to enforce marijuana laws, Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell said Tuesday he’d like to see this legalized.
When asked about the drug during a committee meeting, Whitesell told the State Budget Committee he thinks weed should be taxed and regulated.
According to the reports from WFPL radio, Whitesell stated:
“It’s here, it’s going to stay, there’s an awful lot of victimization that goes with it. If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it, particularly in sight of the fact that several other states have now come to that part of their legal system as well.
Wherein if you are going to imbibe, you would go through there to be recognized or pay your taxes and keep some sense of it, give us some stats so you could monitor it in some fashion. And if you go around it in some other place, that’s where my folks would come in and take issue.”
The comments come after Colorado and Washington legalized the drug for recreational use, and as word spreads that Indiana legislators may introduce medical marijuana legislation of their own. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
The Indiana Senate is going to take up decriminalizing smaller amounts of pot. Senator Brent Steele (R-Bedford) will push that idea in the next session.
Colorado and Washington state legalized the possession and sale of marijuana for adult recreational use in the November election, although it’s unclear if the new laws will survive federal challenges.
There are many reasons to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use. Some of these are:
1.The drug generally isn’t more harmful than alcohol or tobacco if used in moderation.
2.Legalization would mean a lower price; thus, related crimes (like theft) would be reduced.
3.There are medical benefits such as the those for cancer patients.
4.Street justice related to drug disputes would be reduced.
5.It could be a source of additional tax revenues.
6.Police and court resources would be freed up for more serious crimes.
7.Drug dealers (including some terrorists) would lose most or all of their business.
8.The FDA or others could regulate the quality and safety of drugs.
9.Like sex, alcohol, or cigarettes, marijuana is one of life’s little pleasures for some people.
10.Aside from recreational drug use, Cannabis has several industrial and commercial uses, as over 25,000 products can be made from the crop.
11.Drug busts often trap young people in a flawed system that turns them into lifelong criminals.
The positive aspects of the drug out weigh the negatives. People need to be more open minded when it comes to marijuana. Marijuana is less destructive than alcohol and is used to cure many different ailments.
Attitudes have changed over the years. Today, 57% of Indiana residents agree or strongly agree with the legalization of Marijuana. Proponents of legalization will tell you it is a gateway drug. It is no more a gateway drug than alcohol and we do not see alcohol illegal. What do you think?