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District Democrat Republican Libertarian
District 1 Peter Visclosky (D) (I) Mark Leyva (R)
District 2 Mel Hall (D) Jackie Walorski (R) (I)
District 3 Courtney Tritch (D) Jim Banks (R) (I)
District 4 Tobi Beck (D) Jim Baird (R)
District 5 Dee Thornton (D) Susan Brooks (R) (I)
District 6 Jeannine Lee Lake (D) Greg Pence (R) Tom Ferkinhoff (L)
District 7 Andre Carson (D) (I) Wayne Harmon (R)
District 8 William Tanoos (D) Larry Bucshon (R) (I)
District 9 Liz Watson (D) Trey Hollingsworth (R) (I)

District 6

Do you believe that the federal government should remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate according their own preference?

Jeannine Lee Lake (D) I believe that with the success of other states to control the substance, the federal government should remove cannabis from the Control Substances Act. This should only be done though in the circumstance that all states do have a clear plan on how they would handle the substance.

Greg Pence (R)

Tom Ferkinhoff (L) Yes – what we have now where some states have legalized the plant for various purposes in spite of it being illegal for federal purposes is ridiculous. It also puts people in an unnecessarily dangerous situation in that businesses that are operating legally under state law have to deal with large amounts of cash due to federal banking operations putting any bank account they open at risk.

Would you support the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would exempt state legal cannabis use from the federal Controlled Substances Act, while otherwise leaving cannabis in its current Schedule I classification?

Jeannine Lee Lake (D) Yes, if elected, I would support this bill as it would hopefully lead to the decriminalization of cannabis possession.

Greg Pence (R)

Tom Ferkinhoff (L) I see no reason for cannabis to remain a Schedule I drug. This is for drugs with no medical use and it is obvious that there are many medical uses for cannabis. The tenth amendment already is very clear and has plenty of power but too often our federal legislatures and courts ignore its existence.

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

Jeannine Lee Lake (D)

Greg Pence (R)

Tom Ferkinhoff (L) When our current politicians consider cannabis laws they are thinking about one thing – money. Those states that have legalized it have done so in order to tax the sale of products. When bills get blocked at the federal level from even getting a vote it is done by representatives whose election was paid for by the drug companies.

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District 7

Do you believe that the federal government should remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate according their own preference?

Andre Carson (D) (I)

Wayne Harmon (R) Yes

Would you support the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would exempt state legal cannabis use from the federal Controlled Substances Act, while otherwise leaving cannabis in its current Schedule I classification?

Andre Carson (D) (I)

Wayne Harmon (R) Yes. However, the ultimate solution is to have Cannabis removed entirely from schedule 1, legalized medicinally on a federal level, and allow states to decide upon recreational legalization without fear of a changing federal legislative landscape.

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

Andre Carson (D) (I)

Wayne Harmon (R) As an Indiana State Parole Officer, I have never witnessed a Marijuana overdose, but I have witnessed the overcrowding of the Prison system & the overreach on Federal Level when it comes to Marijuana legislation.

I read a study from 2014 which highlighted a 24.8% reduction in Opiate overdose (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1898878) and I see a major part of a solution to the major problem throughout the Country in Opiate addictions and overdoses being through the removal of Schedule 1 Substance for Marijuana, Federal Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana & allowing States to decide upon Recreational Usage for Marijuana.

Furthermore, as a 23-year, 2nd Generation Combat Veteran I often work with Veterans who need access to Marijuana for treatments ranging from PTSD to chronic pain and anxiety, etc and am passionate to fight for their Right to access Marijuana as treatment. Veterans will always have issues obtaining Medicinal Marijuana through the V.A. until we adjust our domestic policy on Marijuana to match the Publics’ Support for, AND reality in, Medicinal Benefits of Marijuana

I know Veterans who have lost the good Fight to PTSD or Opiates upon returning home and we owe it those soldiers to give them as many options as possible to treat any residual impact once they return home. I would much rather my fellow Brothers & Sisters in Arms smoke Marijuana than have to go to their funeral.

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District 8

Do you believe that the federal government should remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate according their own preference?

William Tanoos (D) I believe in federal legalization of cannabis. I think we need a national policy that would give a consistent template throughout the country regarding cannabis. I think federal legalization would curb the opioid crisis, be a boost to farmers, create revenue and safety through taxation and regulation, reduce the burdens of the criminal justice system, help veterans, and help those in medical need. Of course, I think cannabis should be removed from the Controlled Substances Act, but if we allow states to regulate according to their own preference, there may be issues of disparate legalities that could be burdensome to citizens. A federal policy of legalization will alleviate these unnecessary burdens.

Larry Bucshon (R) (I)

Would you support the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would exempt state legal cannabis use from the federal Controlled Substances Act, while otherwise leaving cannabis in its current Schedule I classification?

William Tanoos (D) My answer above would make this issue moot. In fact, my position on the federal legalization of cannabis would in part be a productive way to end this issue, which simply causes too much bureaucratic and legal confusion.

Larry Bucshon (R) (I)

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

William Tanoos (D) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPiJ-zlntoE

Larry Bucshon (R) (I)

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District 9

Do you believe that the federal government should remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate according their own preference?

Liz Watson (D) I support states’ right to determine their own policies regarding medical marijuana. However, the continued disparities between cannabis’s legal status in these states and its prohibition at the federal level leaves otherwise law-abiding patients and doctors vulnerable to potential arrest and prosecution. I strongly oppose using taxpayer dollars to disrupt the lives of sick people who are using medical marijuana to improve the quality of their lives. That’s why I support the removal of marijuana from the federal schedule of controlled substances. It should be the right – and the responsibility – of the states to develop just, evidence-based marijuana regulations.

Trey Hollingsworth (R) (I)

Would you support the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would exempt state legal cannabis use from the federal Controlled Substances Act, while otherwise leaving cannabis in its current Schedule I classification?

Liz Watson (D) The STATES Act is an important improvement over the current situation, because it would prevent the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to disrupt the care of sick people who are using medical marijuana to improve the quality of their lives. For that reason alone, I would be happy to vote for this bill. In the final analysis, however, I agree with many Hoosiers from both sides of the aisle that lawmaking around cannabis use is best left as fully as possible to the states. And so I would regard the STATES Act as a valuable step toward the ultimate goal of removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act altogether, and returning full control of this issue to the states.

Trey Hollingsworth (R) (I)

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

Liz Watson (D) Having held dozens of town halls, listening sessions, and kitchen-table conversations with voters across southern Indiana, I’ve come to realize that medical cannabis is an especially critical issue for veterans here. For so many veterans who have been prescribed dangerous, highly addictive opioid painkillers, medical cannabis offers a far safer alternative form of treatment. In a state where opioid overdose deaths have doubled in the last three years, expanding access to medical cannabis is a critical way for us to honor and care for those who risked their lives in the defense of this country.

Trey Hollingsworth (R) (I)

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