Indiana: Latest Red State To Go ‘Green’

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 9, 2013

    A majority of Indiana residents believe that marijuana should be legally regulated like alcohol and nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers support taxing it, according to recently released statewide polling data released by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University.

    Fifty-two percent of respondents said that cannabis “should be regulated like alcohol.” Forty-five percent of respondents opposed legalization. Among self-identified Democrats, 64 percent of respondents backed regulation. Forty-nine percent of self-identified Republicans did so.

    Hoosiers support for taxing cannabis was even stronger. Seventy-eight percent of respondents, including strong majorities of both major political parties, answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should we tax marijuana like alcohol/cigarettes?” Only 19 percent of respondents opposed the idea.

    Under present state law, first-time marijuana possession offenses of under 30 grams are punishable by up to one-year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Subsequent offenses are classified as felonies, punishable by up to 3 years incarceration.

    Six hundred randomly selected Indiana residents participated in the survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent.

    The Indiana poll is the latest to show growing support for marijuana law reform among so-called ‘Red State’ voters. Recent statewide surveys in Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas have similarly shown majority support for legalization.

    According to an October 2013 nationwide Gallup poll, 58 percent of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal, an all-time high.

    36 Responses to “Indiana: Latest Red State To Go ‘Green’”

    1. Longtime coming says:

      About time :)

    2. Subsequent possession offenses of under 30 grams are classified as felonies….that’s scary. No way it should ever be a felony for a ounce or less of weed.

    3. Eddy Fication says:

      @Vlad,…… Where do the profits go from this endeavor?

    4. Anonymous says:

      make pot legal this is a so called free nation

    5. Vlad says:

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    6. Rik says:

      Hello i am a diagnosed Schizophrenic,Bipolar(Type2), and i suffer from what some “experts” call I.E.D(uncontrollable outraging episodes). They want me on a truck load of meds that have DANGEROUS side effects. My option and experience is that “pot” is much better and healthier for me and not to mention a whole lot CHEAPER. It would cost me around 400 a month for all the meds they want me on and only 150-180 a month for my choice of “medicine”. All my family will tell you i’m a “better” me i get no side effects like i would with their meds. I will never move from my point of view. I’m providing for my family and all the money factors fall on me, i cant afford to do what they want unless my family and I starve, go without power or even water…what the heck is wrong with peoples heads. They don’t care about the public like they say they do they just want to fill their pockets with our needed money. Thank you NORML this country needs a voice and I know your the first sound of that voice.

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