Legalized marijuana unlikely in 2022

December 3, 2021 7:00am
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Indianapolis, IN Correspondent

The results are in:

Power Poll Indy respondents overwhelmingly think the Republican-dominated General Assembly will reject Democrats' attempts to pass legislation legalizing some form of marijuana use.

Seventy-six percent of those responding indicated they think it is very unlikely or somewhat unlikely that there will be action in the upcoming legislative session.

Mike Schmuhl, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, recently told the Indianapolis Star that legalizing marijuana would be an economic driver for the state, and also help Hooosiers manage pain, create a more equitable criminal justice system and provide another financial opportunity for farmers.

Republicans over the last decade have failed to act on bills that would allow for medical use of marijuana or remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of the drug. Some have said they are uncomfortable because of conflicting federal law.

A Gallup poll earlier this year found more than two in three Americans supported legalizing marijuana, and a 2018 survey by Ball State University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs found about 80 percent of Indiana adults favoring medical marijuana use and 40 percent supportive of legal recreational use, with just 16 percent backing the state’s current total ban.

Nearby states that have already acted include Michigan and Illinois, which have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and Ohio, which has legalized it for medical purposes

Not surprisingly, Power Poll members overwhelmingly would welcome more flights -- especially international flights -- at IND, saying that would be good for them personally and for Indianapolis as a business center. (British Airways has recently expressed interest in flights in and out of Indianapolis International Airport.)                                           

They also love the airport and its amenities with 77 percent praising its ease of use and amenities.

IND was recently recognized as one of the best in the world of its size and received its ninth consecutive Airports Council International's Service Quality Award.

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