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GOP Lawmaker Plans To File Medical Marijuana Bill In 2018

Posted On August 18, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour)

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A southern Indiana lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

Twenty-nine other states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) says he will file the bill that could make Indiana the 30th state to take the step during the 2018 legislative session next January.

Lucas told The Indianapolis Star that he is soliciting feedback on Facebook, veterans organizations, and advocacy groups. He is still working out the details of the bill.

Lucas would be the first Indiana Republican to formally propose such legislation in at least five years. Democrats filed a legalization bill last year, but it died from a lack of support from supermajority Republicans.

Earlier this year, lawmakers did pass a law permitting the use of cannabidiol, or marijuana extract oil, for patients with epilepsy.

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