On Tuesday, February 12th, the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law committee will be hearing SB 336, a bill which would convert several miscellaneous crimes from misdemeanors to infractions among other minor changes. State Senator Karen Tallian, who serves on this committee, plans to offer two amendments to this bill: 1) an amendment that would decriminalize 2 ounces or less of cannabis, and 2) decriminalizing paraphernalia related charges. Senator Tallian believes that both of these amendments will be heard by the committee.
Dear representatives and committee members,
Please support SB336 which will include amendments which decriminalize personal amounts of cannabis and paraphernalia. Cannabis prohibition has caused more harm than good over the decades the policy has been in place. Part of reason the policy is so harmful is the fact that cannabis consumers end up targeted and suffer harsh consequences. This policy of incarceration of personal users does little to slow the use of cannabis, but instead causes harm and burden on families throughout the state, and leads to a distrust of law enforcement.
Please consider supporting this on the basis of medical use as well. Most cannabis consumers have health issues that are improved by cannabis, and they are not abusing it.
Indiana is the crossroads of America, with people traveling through from all over the world. This decriminalization amendment would allow law enforcement to not be burdened with minor cannabis possession charges, allowing police resources to be more efficiently used.
Indiana could get a bad reputation if we continue to prosecute visitors for minor cannabis possession which is allowed in their state.
Thanks and God Bless!