Medical Marijuana

Editor's note: The earlier version of this article had incorrect location information. The correct location is the Indiana State Library.

The Indiana chapter of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is planning what is being billed as “the largest medical cannabis town hall meeting in our state's history” for this weekend.

The two-hour event will be hosted by David Phipps, communications director for Indiana NORML, and is scheduled to begin at noon Saturday at the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St.

“This town hall is intended to demonstrate public support and encourage Indiana's legislators to pass medical cannabis legislation during the 2019 General Assembly,” stated Phipps in a Wednesday press release. Though industrial hemp and CBD oil made headway in the Indiana Statehouse during the last legislation, medical cannabis remains completely illegal.

The announced speaker line-up is a diverse group representing several different groups of stakeholders.

Legislators in attendance will include State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, who authored a medical cannabis bill last session, House Bill 1106, which did not receive a hearing; State Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, who holds the record for most cannabis bills introduced in the Indiana House of Representatives; and State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, the first Indiana legislator to introduce cannabis legislation.

Hoosier veterans will also be making their voices heard on the issue, including Rodney Strong, commander of the American Legion Department of Indiana; and Jeff Staker, a former Marine scout sniper and founder of Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis.

Other patients and cannabis advocates scheduled to speak include Sylvia Kemp, a “multiple sclerosis warrior”; Adam Warczynski, a Hoosier that moved to Michigan to treat his condition legally under their medical marijuana program; and Chad Padgett, master herbalist and medicinal cannabis patient.