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(R) Republican, (D) Democrat, (L) Libertarian, (I) Incumbent
District Democrat Republican Libertarian
District 1 Frank Mrvan (D) (I) Charles Kallas (R)
District 4 Karen Tallian (D) (I) Cole Stultz (R)
District 6 Ryan Farrar (D) Rick Niemeyer (R) (I)
District 11 Ed Liptrap (D) Linda Rogers (R)
District 14 Dennis Kruse (R) (I)
District 15 Kathy Zoucha (D) Liz Brown (R) (I)
District 17 Gary Snyder (D) Andy Zay (R) (I)
District 19 Travis Holdman (R) (I)
District 21 Christina Fivecoate (D) James Buck (R) (I)
District 22 Sheryl Shipley (D) Ron Alting (R) (I)
District 23 Phil Boots (R) (I)
District 25 Timothy Lanane (D) (I) Zaki Ali (R) Robert Jozwiack (L)
District 26 Dave Cravens (D) Mike Gaskill (R) Greg Noland (L)
District 27 Jake Hoog (D) Jeff Raatz (R)
District 29 J.D Ford (D) Mike Delph (R)
District 31 Derek Camp (D) Jim Merritt Jr (R) (I)
District 38 Chris Gambill (D) Jon Ford (R) (I)
District 39 Eric Bassler (R) (I)
District 41 Ross Thomas (D) Greg Walker (R) (I)
District 43 Chip Perfect (R) (I)
District 45 John Perkins (D) Chris Garten (R) Charles Johnson (L)
District 46 Anna Murray (D) Ron Grooms (R) (I)
District 47 Nicholas Siler (D) Erin Houchin (R) (I)
District 48 Mark Messmer (R) (I)
District 49 Edie Hardcastle (D) Jim Tomes (R) (I)

District 1

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Frank Mrvan (D) (I)

Charles Kallas (R) I support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes.

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Frank Mrvan (D) (I)

Charles Kallas (R) I support the decriminalization of cannabis.

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Frank Mrvan (D) (I)

Charles Kallas (R) I do support the legalization of cannabis retail sales of personal use.

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Frank Mrvan (D) (I)

Charles Kallas (R) If cannabis can be regulated in similar fashion compared to how alcohol is regulated then there should be no problem in the legalization of cannabis.

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District 4

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Karen Tallian (D) (I) I have offered that legislation for 8 years.

Cole Stultz (R)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Karen Tallian (D) (I) I have offered that legislation for 8 years.

Cole Stultz (R)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Karen Tallian (D) (I) Yes

Cole Stultz (R)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Karen Tallian (D) (I) I have made my comments known for the past 8+ years, and introduced this legislation in the Indiana Senate.

Cole Stultz (R)

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District 6

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Ryan Farrar (D) Yes

Rick Niemeyer (R) (I)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Ryan Farrar (D) Yes

Rick Niemeyer (R) (I)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Ryan Farrar (D) Yes

Rick Niemeyer (R) (I)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Ryan Farrar (D) I’ve been a legalization advocate since the 90s.

Rick Niemeyer (R) (I)

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District 17

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Gary Snyder (D) As a veteran, I stand with my fellow veterans and a majority of Hoosiers in supporting the legalization of medical marijuana.

Andy Zay (R) (I)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Gary Snyder (D) I not only support the decriminalization, I support full legalization.

Andy Zay (R) (I)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Gary Snyder (D) Yes, I support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use.

Andy Zay (R) (I)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Gary Snyder (D) I have been a long time supporter of the legalization of cannabis and have made it a priority in my campaign.

Andy Zay (R) (I)

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District 21

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Christina Fivecoate (D) Yes

James Buck (R) (I)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Christina Fivecoate (D) Yes

James Buck (R) (I)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Christina Fivecoate (D) YES!!!!!!!

James Buck (R) (I)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Christina Fivecoate (D) We need criminal justice reform that would release and expunge the criminal records of those still locked up because of cannabis.

James Buck (R) (I)

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District 25

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Timothy Lanane (D) (I) Yes

Zaki Ali (R)

Robert Jozwiack (L)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Timothy Lanane (D) (I) Yes

Zaki Ali (R)

Robert Jozwiack (L)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Timothy Lanane (D) (I) No

Zaki Ali (R)

Robert Jozwiack (L)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Timothy Lanane (D) (I)

Zaki Ali (R)

Robert Jozwiack (L)

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District 26

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Dave Cravens (D)

Mike Gaskill (R)

Greg Noland (L) Yes

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Dave Cravens (D)

Mike Gaskill (R)

Greg Noland (L) Yes

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Dave Cravens (D)

Mike Gaskill (R)

Greg Noland (L) Yes

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Dave Cravens (D)

Mike Gaskill (R)

Greg Noland (L) Even though I am currently a non user, I have argued passionately for years for the Legalization of Marijuana.

I am a lover of liberty. One of the lessons we learned from alcohol prohibition is that when we take away peoples liberties, bad things happen. During alcohols prohibition we saw the rise of organized crime for the first time, we saw people die from an unregulated industry. We saw corruption of our public officials. We are now seeing the same things happening with Marijuana and drug prohibition. Have we learned nothing from history?

Some of the opponents of Marijuana claim it can harm people and therefore it must be illegal; but government should not be making these decisions for us. WE as free adult men and women should have the right to smoke anything, eat anything, drink anything, drive race cars and jump out of airplanes, as long as it does not harm another person.

In fact, Marijuana being illegal puts our children at greater risk. It is being sold underground by our children’s friends in schools and homes where we have no control. Instead of being sold in the business sector like alcohol is with ID’s checked for age limits and purity regulated/controlled for safety.

In summary, for the safety of our children, for reduction in crime, for reduction of corruption of our public officials, I will introduce and/or support all bills for the legalization of Marijuana.

I will also introduce and/or support bills that releases people in jail or under indictment for Marijuana “crimes” and require that their records be expunged.

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District 29

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

J.D Ford (D) I personally know people who have benefited from the recent availability of CBD oil in Indiana. The science clearly implies that medical cannabis could have the potential to have a positive impact on issues like seizure prevention, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorder and diabetes treatment. Medicine derived from cannabis has the potential to improve the lives of thousands of Hoosier veterans too, just ask the American Legion for the State of Indiana.

Here in Indiana, the Hoosier state is grappling with the Opioid Crisis. I strongly believe that medical cannabis can play an integral role in fighting this crisis. The Journal of American Medical Association has shown that opioid overdoses are as much as 25% less common in states where medical cannabis is legal and the Journal of Health Affairs found that states who legalized medical cannabis saw a significant drop in prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs where marijuana may be an alternative. Hoosiers deserve every responsible option to treat their health issues and I believe the General Assembly’s lack of action on the medical cannabis issue is disgraceful.

Mike Delph (R) If supported by the medical community including the Indiana State Medical Association, the Indiana Hospital Association, and other medical provider organizations. We need to hear from all of our medical experts in order to make an informed decision.

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

J.D Ford (D) In addition to the potential health care uses, the harsh penalties inflicted for possession of small amounts of cannabis has led to the unnecessary incarceration of thousands of Hoosiers and a huge waste of resources related to our court system. Hoosiers are beyond ready to have an adult conversation with their elected representatives to reassess the impact that the current cannabis laws have had on our society. I believe that it is time to work with law enforcement agencies, healthcare groups, and other stakeholders to legalize medical cannabis and decriminalize the possession of small amount of cannabis.

Mike Delph (R) This is not our most pressing area of criminal law. From a practical standpoint, we really need the federal government to address its position before we can meaningfully do so at the state level. For example, the schism between federal and state law has required that the industry in Colorado be cash only. They can’t transact in our modern economy. This will need to be addressed swiftly.

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

J.D Ford (D) I support a measured but progressive movement from medical cannabis to eventual personal that includes highly regulated retail sales. Hoosiers are pragmatic and will appreciate a comprehensive, fact based approach that includes scheduled progress reports to the General Assembly along this path. I truly believe we can get to a place on cannabis policy similar to Colorado, but also understand that Hoosiers deserve a deliberate approach that brings all stakeholders to the table.

Mike Delph (R) William F. Buckley once said that this issue would depend upon society’s ability to calculate the total societal cost and the total societal benefit. I agree with this. We need to understand the public health impact as well as the net economic impact all around.

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

J.D Ford (D) Nothing at this time. Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts!

Mike Delph (R) As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military, I take PTSD very seriously. If there is a role to play here we should begin the discussion.

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District 41

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Ross Thomas (D) Yes.

Greg Walker (R) (I)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Ross Thomas (D) Yes. As a step toward legalization of the use and cultivation of cannabis for personal use, I would fully support the decriminalization of possession and cultivation of cannabis for person use by adults. Even if legalization of marijuana for personal use is not achieved, the resources saved and the lives not ruined by arrests and convictions for marijuana would make decriminalization something we should adopt in our state as soon as possible.

Greg Walker (R) (I)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Ross Thomas (D) Although it would not be something we could implement in Indiana overnight, I would support moving on a path toward legal retail sales of cannabis in Indiana that would be similar to the Colorado model.

Greg Walker (R) (I)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Ross Thomas (D) I also believe Indiana should be leading the nation in promoting industrial hemp.

Greg Walker (R) (I)

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District 45

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

John Perkins (D)

Chris Garten (R)

Charles Johnson (L): Yes I support the implementation of a medical cannabis. We use Diamorphine “Herion” and Cocaine “Coke” for medical purposes. I think it’s asinine that we do not allow Doctors to help their patients with Cannabis as a safer alternative.

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

John Perkins (D)

Chris Garten (R)

Charles Johnson (L): Yes I support the decriminalization of cannabis. Instead of taxing the people to the point of bankruptcy to build new jails.

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

John Perkins (D)

Chris Garten (R)

Charles Johnson (L): Yes I support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use. To 18 years of age and older.

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

John Perkins (D)

Chris Garten (R)

Charles Johnson (L): I’m very conservative when it comes to government having the power to decide for us what we can and can not do in our own homes. I will always support any bill that would increase our freedoms. The issue to me is not about Cannabis… it’s about freedom.

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District 46

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Anna Murray (D) Yes. If a doctor believes that their patient can benefit, the legislature should not stand in the way. Many Veterans with PTSD have found that cannabis is the ONLY thing that helps them. We are learning all the time about conditions which can be helped with cannabis, and if it can help anyone, those people should have access to it.

Ron Grooms (R) (I)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Anna Murray (D) There are several good arguments in favor of decriminalizing cannabis, such as freeing up law enforcement to focus on more serious crimes and freeing up jail space and saving taxpayers money, so this is something that the Indiana legislature should definitely be looking closely at. However, I am not sure if my district is ready for this at this time.

Ron Grooms (R) (I)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Anna Murray (D) There are definitely significant financial gains that states have made from legalizing cannabis retail sales for personal use. However, Hoosiers also have a number of concerns about problems that might accompany this, so this is an issue that will likely require more study.

Ron Grooms (R) (I)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Anna Murray (D) Over the last 100 years, there has been a lot of propaganda against cannabis which has not been supported by science. It’s time to start making evidence-based policy decisions and looking at the health benefits to Hoosiers, which are numerous. By my anti-cannabis incumbent’s own survey, 70% of Hoosiers in my district support medical marijuana. We can also boost our economy by allowing production of cannabis for medical purposes, as well.

Ron Grooms (R) (I)

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District 47

Do you support the implementation of a medical cannabis program in Indiana to make cannabis legally available to patients for medical purposes?

Nicholas Siler (D) Yes. If it offers relief to the chronically ill andn those in pain, to cancer patients, to people suffering from other chronic conditions including veterans with PTSD, we should make it available as 32 other states and territories have done.

Erin Houchin (R) (I)

Do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

Nicholas Siler (D) I think its sale needs to be regulated and licensed, but the court system should not have to deal with possession of small amounts.

Erin Houchin (R) (I)

Do you support the legalization of cannabis retail sales for personal use?

Nicholas Siler (D) I believe the people of Indiana should have the right to decide this issue through ballot initiative, as many other states have done. I would fight for changes to the Indiana Constitution to permit citzen-led ballot initiatives. If the people want to permit retail marijuana sales, the legislature should not stand in the way. At this time though, I would only push for legislation permitting medical marijuana.

Erin Houchin (R) (I)

Do you have any other statements you would like to make about cannabis?

Nicholas Siler (D) We need to be realistic about marijuana, and not view it as a cure-all miracle drug. However, at least when it comes to medical marijuana, vast majorities of people are for it. I think we should look at the experience of other states and implement a policy that is rational, humane, and is not needlessly punitive.

Erin Houchin (R) (I)

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