Indiana: Hoosiers' Debate on Drugs
While no excuse to get drunk is necessary in the US (though people seem to find many), Indiana’s Attorney General believes that “so called medical marijuana” is simply an excuse for people to get high. On the other side of the Hoosier state’s debate is Republican Rep. Jim Lucas, who intends to develop a comprehensive bill to cover medical marijuana’s use in the state. Currently, Indiana has approved limited legislation for medical marijuana, permitting a small segment of patients suffering from “treatment-resistant epilepsy” to access the medication. Treatment-resistant epilepsy (TRE) affects 30% of epilepsy patients and is associated with severe morbidity and increased mortality.
Nurses and activists rallied this weekend to demand action on a medical marijuana bill for the next legislative session. The stance by the state’s AG isn’t promising, underscoring the very real anti-marijuana stigma that still pervades politics across the US. With opioid addiction considered by many to be the single most important crisis facing the state of Indiana, With opioid addiction considered by many to be the single most important crisis facing the state of Indiana, expanding the existing permitted uses for medical marijuana may be a much needed catalyst for positive change.