US IN: PUB LTE: Prohibiting Pot Accomplishes Little
Tribune Star, 21 Apr 2013 - Thanks for publishing Mike Travelstead's thoughtful letter: "Making sense of marijuana debate" (April 14). I'd like to add that those who think that marijuana prohibition somehow protects our children and society, I'd like them to view a short Youtube video featuring former California Superior Court Judge James P. Gray. Go to Youtube.com and search for "Judge Jim Gray" or search for "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition."
US IN: PUB LTE: Making Sense Of Marijuana Debate
Tribune Star, 14 Apr 2013 - I have been listening to the debate about marijuana laws. The argument being made to keep pot illegal which I have no problem with is that it keeps pot away from our kids. But applying that argument to alcohol makes me ask why alcohol is not illegal? The CDC and the AMA state that there are 75,000 alcohol-related deaths a year, and 50 percent of adult auto fatalities and 39 percent of teen auto fatalities are alcoholrelated. They state that alcohol, not pot, is the most abused drug in the USA.
US IN: LTE: Other Views Needed In Marijuana Debate
The Herald Bulletin, 02 Apr 2013 - I'm not a politician but a pastor. I know little of the process a state engages in to write or overturn a law. However, I'm near 60 years old and over 38 years ago I tried multiple substances in an effort to dull my senses, emotions and/or "get high." Years ago, as it is still today, the use of marijuana is one of those drugs that aids in reaching that euphoric "high" that the user desires. It was then and is today (with most users) like a drug in "step therapy," when the use of one drug doesn't quite do it you go to the next more powerful choice that provides what the previous couldn't.
US IN: Debate Over Pot Penalties Not Over
Kokomo Tribune, 31 Mar 2013 - Push For Marijuana Decriminalization Alive And Well In Indiana. INDIANAPOLIS - The politics of pot may keep Indiana lawmakers from rolling back the state's tough marijuana laws this session, but it won't eradicate the push for decriminalization.
US IN: Column: Pot Debate Included In Criminal Code Overhaul
The Herald Bulletin, 25 Feb 2013 - INDIANAPOLIS - In the flurry of activity at the Statehouse in recent weeks, I missed reporting some sad news for stoners: The legislation to decriminalize marijuana is dead. State Sen. Karen Tallian's bill to make possession of 2 ounces of marijuana into an infraction, like a speeding ticket, died when it didn't get a hearing in the Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law before a critical deadline passed.
US IN: Indiana May Consider Marijuana Possession An Infraction
Pharos-Tribune, 21 Jan 2013 - Both Republicans, Democrats Call for Lighter Penalties. INDIANAPOLIS - On the subject of Indiana's marijuana laws, state Sen. Karen Tallian may be in the minority for the present, but even on the other side of the political aisle, she's gaining some allies.
US IN: In Indiana, Both Parties Call For Lighter Pot Penalties
The Herald Bulletin, 20 Jan 2013 - Mistakes As Teens Haunt Adults, Legislator Says INDIANAPOLIS - On the subject of Indiana's marijuana laws, state Sen. Karen Tallian may be in the minority for the present, but even on the other side of the political aisle, she's gaining some allies.
US IN: PUB LTE: It's Time To Tax Legal Marijuana
Tribune Star, 20 Dec 2012 - This is response you the Tribune-Star editorial of Dec. 17, "Don't let pot smoke obscure bigger issue." Indiana legislators need to consider that penalties for minor marijuana offenses do little other than burden otherwise law-abiding citizens with criminal records. The voters of Colorado and Washington state have made it clear that legislators can no longer get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a plant.
US IN: Column: Crashing Federal Government's Hypocrisy on
Tribune Star, 17 Dec 2012 - Ah, the great American West, where man can generally breathe free and also inhale - woman, too. Thank you, thank you, voters in Colorado and Washington state, for legalizing marijuana. But will Washington, D.C., leave you alone? Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the Justice Department will weigh its response to the state referenda. A new national poll finds 58 percent of Americans in favor of making marijuana legal and only 39 percent against. A raft of other state laws easing the prohibition on pot and growing public contempt for the existing law should be enough to change the policy. And so should a basic sense of decency.