An Indiana lawmaker plans to make a new push for medical marijuana in Indiana.
He feels so strongly about this… he’s getting ready to travel across the country — on his own dime — to learn more.
State Representative, Jim Lucas, a Republican from, Seymour said “Lives are being saved.”
Soon, Republican State Rep, Jim Lucas, will travel to Denver, Colorado to learn all about cannabis.
Lucas said “I want to learn from seed to sell. I want to talk to the people that grow it. The people that cultivate it. The government officials that regulate it.”
He said he wants to see the good and the bad about the green.
Lucas explained “I’ll also be meeting with people in the industry for medical cannabis and recreational cannabis. Dispensers, grow labs, cultivation facilities, farmers. People from all ends of the spectrum that are in the industry.”
Lucas wants to take what he learns in Colorado and use it to help create new legislation in Indiana.
He tried to get a medical marijuana law passed last session, but it never got a committee hearing.
Legislators will talk about medical marijuana again in a Summer study committee.
Lucas hopes that discussion will boost his 2019 legislative plans.
Lucas said “We are going to have another hemp bill come forward. I will be offering that again. I will be offering again another medical cannabis bill. I’m also thinking about looking at decriminalizing 30 grams or less for individual use because.”
Lucas knows there is push-back.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council spokesperson, Zach Osowski, said Thursday “We oppose medical marijuana”.
Lucas explained “I love having opposition. That gives me a forum. We’re having this meeting now, because of this very issue. Let’s have that meeting, let’s have that discussion and get both sides up to the table.”
Lucas said thinks Indiana will see recreational marijuana legal in Indiana in 3-5 years.
He also told us he believes his medical marijuana bill will pass this coming session, in 2019.