INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters of lesser penalties for marijuana-related offenses will have to wait until next year.
Indiana lawmakers aren’t likely to touch the issue during the 2013 session. Senate Bill 580, proposed by State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, would lessen penalties for having pot. The proposal would make cut the penalty of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana to an infraction.
State Sen. Mike Young, R-Speedway, chairman of the state’s Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, said the committee wasn’t likely to hear the bill this year.
Supporters of the measure will have to wait until 2014.
In November, Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell told a legislative committee that he would “legalize and tax” marijuana, saying the substance wasn’t going anywhere and that the national trend was going in that direction.
State police later clarified Whitesell’s comments, saying that he was speaking in a “philosophical” sense and wasn’t offering a legal opinion.
Nationally, Washington and Colorado voted to decriminalize marijuana in November. Another 18 states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.