Once again, one person in the Indiana General Assembly, has thwarted the will of the people by taking no action.
I am, of course, referring to Indiana Senator Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis), Chair of the Health and Provider Services Committee, refused to hear S.B. 284 filed by Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage). Without a committee hearing, the bill is dead. The deadline for hearings has passed.
Last year, it was Senator Michael Young (R-Indianapolis) who refused to hear another of Senator Tallian’s bills that would have relegalized Marijuana for personal use.
And Indiana Governor Mike Pence has sworn he would veto any bill that legitimized Marijuana.
S.B. 284 would have permitted medical Marijuana in Indiana and set a governing commission to deal with Cannabis related matters. It would have provided medical relief to thousands of Hoosiers who can’t or don’t want to use the chemical crap pharmaceutical companies want to deal. It would have made life better for those in Indiana by causing better health on an organic level. It would have eased the pain of Multiple Sclerosis patients like their own brother, former Republican Representative Tom Knollman. It would have stopped people like the Rollins family from having to leave the state for treatment of their daughter Emily who suffers from severe epileptic-like seizures. It would have helped our growing population of seniors with age related illnesses. It would have drastically reduced the prescription drug abuse rates now threatening our population. You can read the proposed bill here.
But because of voluntary ignorance or disingenuousness, Miller refused to hear the bill. Miller, with a background in nursing, has possibly not kept up with her profession. The American Nursing Association came out in favor of medical Marijuana in 2008. She also must have somehow avoided contact with the over 23 thousand studies showing the safety and efficacy of Marijuana as a medicine, ranging from treatment of chronic pain to cancer. She somehow must have missed the information about the endocannabinoid system that exists in every living being on the planet, with at least 42 receptor sites in the human body alone.
Just a few days ago, the “Washington Post” ran this story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/23/marijuana-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thought-researchers-say/. The information of the safety of Marijuana has been established for sometime. For Senator Miller, or any other official, to say that there has not been enough study done on Marijuana, is a complete denial of the issues involved.
Or was it something else? Could it be that politics in Indiana has degenerated to a point that the health and well being of the citizens of this state matter much less than money or political connection? It’s rather interesting to look at who has given campaign money to Senator Miller.
Thanks to Northeast Indiana NORML’s David Kulp for this information. It’s well known that the mainstream medical organizations work hand-in-glove with the pharmaceutical industry, and is
doing its best to dismiss Cannabis as a viable medicine. When Marijuana is available and accepted as a medicine, big pharma will not make the money they are now. There are a lot of medical organizations contributing to Senator Miller. Do you think there’s a connection?
The most recent study done in Indiana shows 78% of Hoosiers want Marijuana reform. Does it bother you that the health and well being of Hoosiers is subservient to the greed of big medicine?
It still comes down to the politics of individuals in Indiana’s state government. The science is there. The economics are there.