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Indiana lawmakers working on 2021 marijuana legislation November 23, 2020
Indiana lawmakers working on 2021 marijuana legislation

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- Just weeks ago, four U.S. states, including New Jersey and Arizona, voted to legalize marijuana in some form.

State Rep. Jim Lucas hopes Indiana is next.

"I'm filing a medical cannabis bill, a decriminalization bill, and see if we can't get a recreational bill going also. It is past time," said Lucas, a Republican from Seymour.

For years, Lucas has tried to make marijuana matter in Indiana. The way he sees it, this could be a green opportunity for the state, as Hoosiers have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Jobs have been decimated. Almost a million Hoosiers were put out of work, during the spring and summer months. This is a jobs opportunity program. It's an investment opportunity. I know we have investors willing to invest tens-of-millions of dollars, if not more, to come into our state and get this going," said Lucas.

State Sen. Karen Tallian's bill would legalize possession of a small amount of marijuana.

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