Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian has submitted Senate Bill 347 to the Indiana Statehouse, the bill would remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession up to three ounces, and is proposing an addition to give medical users with a physicians recommendation a “Free Pass.”
The bill is basically the second step to a hard push to pass it in the next legislative session, it was presented to the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters on Tuesday. Tallian was already aware that the committee would not vote on it as that was the only way the bill would be heard at all. The committee listen to a lot of input from the public, much of it was in regards to industrial hemp. While no action was taken by the committee it could have been worse, they could have voted it down. So technically if they got a spurt of courage in an election year they could still push it to the floor.
Senator Tallian is not holding her breathe on that one. The Ogden Dunes Democrat told the Chesterton Tribune,
“This legislation is a work in progress…Due to it being an election year and with so many contentious issues at the Statehouse, we wanted to continue laying the groundwork for the bill this year. The result of today’s testimony was very encouraging for the future of this proposal.”
Progress is being made though, and with the amount of effort being put into writing the legislation properly, proponents should be very prepared by the time it hits the Senate floor after the election.
Littlebud on StonerForums.com was kind enough to post an update Tallian sent to her constituents about the legislation, one interesting piece not noted by the Chesterton Tribune is her plan to give medical users a “Free Pass” to use marijuana. Just click this link to read the letter over at StonerForums.