One of the excuses some officials across the country have used to not reduce or eliminate Marijuana penalties is that to do so would cause an increase in use. According to researchers at Purdue University, that’s not the case.

Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian, (D-Portage, Indiana) has introduced S.B. 580 that would decriminalize possession of up to two ounces of Marijuana and provide other legal relief as well. Our Hoosier officials would do good to look at this Purdue study and remember that 54% of Hoosiers want Marijuana removed from criminal definitions.