The Indiana Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (INORML) fully supports the legislative action taken by Indiana Senator Karen Tallian to review Indiana’s Marijuana Laws.

Tallian, a Democrat from Portage, filed a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing committee to examine Indiana’s laws dealing with Marijuana and develop recommendations for changes.

Governor Daniels needs to cut any excess spending in state government. According to the 2009 FBI Uniform Crime Report, Indiana spends upwards of $148 Million dollars per year in enforcement of Marijuana laws.

Indiana’s Marijuana laws makes criminals out of people who only want to enjoy their lives. These laws deny the sick and injured genuine pain relief and a better quality of life. By including non-psychoactive Hemp in these laws, we deny Hoosiers a clean, renewable source of fuel, paper, fiber, oil and building materials.

Marijuana is arguably safer than, as Drug Enforcement Administrative Judge Francis Young stated years ago, “Safer than many of the foods we commonly consume.”  There is no valid record of any human being ever dying from the ingestion of Marijuana in the history of mankind. Marijuana does not lead to the use of any other substance. This is science. Laws not based on science and truth only hurt the people of Indiana, and have no place in a civilized society.

INORML applauds Senator Tallian’s courageous efforts to advance the debate on Marijuana, a debate based on truth, not politics, and we look forward to working with her and Governor Daniels in making the Cannabis family of plants legally available to all Hoosiers.