Indiana State Police Chief: If It Were Up To Me, I’d Legalize and Tax Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director November 27, 2012

    The scent of reform and rational marijuana policies must be drifting across the Rockies into distant areas of the country, as today the Indiana State Police Chief stated that he would tax and regulate marijuana.

    Speaking during a budget committee hearing, Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell was asked about marijuana, his answer was quite frank:

    “It’s here, it’s going to stay, there’s an awful lot of victimization that goes with it. If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it, particularly in sight of the fact that several other states have now come to that part of their legal system as well.”

    When officials holding upper echelon positions in state law enforcement start calling for the end of prohibition and the implementation of sensible reforms, a nationwide awakening can’t be too far off.

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    41 responses to “Indiana State Police Chief: If It Were Up To Me, I’d Legalize and Tax Marijuana”

    1. Gene says:

      Remember it’s WE THE PEOPLE!!! if we educate each other and unite there is nothing they can do

    2. Dan says:

      Indiana’s going to introduce a bill next session for the decrim of 10 grams or less next session ( http://www.ibj.com/gop-senator-plans-bill-decriminalizing-pot-possession/PARAMS/article/36791 ) hopefully with enough support we might be the third state to legalize. if you live in indiana, email Sen. Steele and tell him to do what is right ( http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/5315.htm )

    3. Gweedo says:

      Wow! This is amazing. A year ago, you probably couldn’t have found a single police chief in America willing to publicly state that he wants to end prohibition. But now they’re starting to pop up all over the place! LEAP is mostly retired officers, but maybe we’ll finally start to see more current officers coming out in favor of legalization.

    4. TheOracle says:

      Yeah, and states are hurting for money for their pensions. Nobody else except for the cannabis community is screaming to be taxed more. This is a nice revenue stream for states help solve their budget shortfalls. Keep your nice fat pension without any cuts in benefits or having to pay more out of your own pocket, Chief! It’s on us, the cannabis community.

      Thanks for seeing the light, Chief.

      I knew if they and you prohibitionists
      kept driving the economy into the ground with your wastefulness you’d come around to seeing the waste and the foul stench of death cannabis prohibition has been all these years when if finally bit you in the ass, namely your pension and furloughs from budget cuts.

      Now, we can get on our way to an economic recovery, or if you are of the mindset that government still has money to waste or cannabis prohibition enforcement, then my recommendation is to keep driving the economy into the ground until cannabis is legalized. Why should the investor class pump money into the economy when government still has glaring policies that indicate government is of the mindset that it still has money to waste?

      Do you want a stalemate in the fiscal cliff and subsequently even more of an economic downturn?

      Don’t be stupid.


    5. Jason says:

      Finally the start of progress in Indiana. I hope that more officials follow Mr. Whitesell’s lead in Indiana. Lets go Hoosiers email your reps while we have some momentum in our favor.

    6. Galileo Galilei says:

      It is a real breath of fresh air to hear this simple common sense coming from law enforcement.

    7. Matt says:

      Good to see publicized support making its way through the country!

    8. rebelrick says:

      im tired of people spreding propaganda that marijuana is a bad thing! Alcohol kills astonomicly more people every day! Yet you can go freely and buy some 100 proof vodka drink it on the way home and come in and beat your significant other! I have yet to see a violent smoker yet every time i go to a bar or club serving alcohol by the end of the night there is at least one fight! I know people that have become extreme alcoholics just because their place of employment drug tests and are scared to get fired. I believe that the use and deaths related to alcohol would decrease if pot were legal and regulated the same way. Also the tax benifits!! We could put a major dent in the deficit in tax revenues alone. Like the cheif said its already here its not going anywhere why not make some money off of it! I support any one who supports legalization and will argue untill im red in the face for those who dont!!

    9. rebelrick says:

      Write your congressmen and women and show your support!!