In political time, the 2020 elections are just around the corner. Presidential campaigns are already dominating news cycles and social media, while other campaigns are in their infancy.
In Indiana’s gubernatorial race, Holcomb is expected to formally announce his reelection campaign on July 13th, and is already pumping cash into his campaign coffers. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch just donated one million dollars from her own election fund into Governor Holcomb’s account, adding to the four million reported on hand in his 2018 campaign finance report.
In regards to cannabis, Holcomb has drawn his line in the sand and isn’t budging an inch. In a recent interview he said,
“I’m not convinced that legalization will lead anyone to the promised land. I’ve asked the federal government to enforce the law as it is, and I’ve let them know that we’re a law-and-order state.” While the U.S. House of Representatives (including Democrats Pete Visclosky and Andre Carson, and Republican Trey Hollingsworth) just voted 267-165 in favor of the Blumenauer/McClintock amendment, which would ban the Department of Justice from using their budget to hassle states with legal adult-use cannabis, Holcomb is trying to convince the federal government to go the other direction and crack down on states that have moved forward with legal cannabis for their citizens.
Meanwhile on the Democratic side, several individuals have yet to formally announce a campaign but are publicly weighing the possibility of a run. Ink Free News recently met with State Senator Eddie Melton and State Representative Karlee Macer, two of the individuals considering a gubernatorial bid, and asked them about their stance on cannabis. Melton said he was supportive of adult-use cannabis and also expunging criminal records for those that had been arrested for possession of small amounts in non-violent circumstances, while Macer said that she supports medical and would consider adult-use in the future. Both individuals are expected to determine if they will run by the end of the year.
Shortly after the article highlighting Melton and Macer began circulating, Indy Politics published an article discussing cannabis with another individual entertaining the possibility of a run: former Indiana State Health Commissioner Woody Myers. Myers said that he favors “appropriate medical use of products containing a known quantity of Tetrahydrocannabinol,” and that while he does not support outright legalization, he does support decriminalization of THC-containing products for personal use. You can read his full statement here.
While the Libertarian Party of Indiana does not qualify by state standards for taxpayer-subsidized primary elections, they are expected to elect their candidate for governor at their state convention no later than March of 2020.