Influential GOP lawmaker calls for medical marijuana study

The Associated Press

One of the most powerful Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives says the Legislature should study the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

Rep. Matt Lehman, the majority floor leader, said Friday that he is sponsoring a resolution calling for an interim study committee to research medical pot after the session.

The Berne lawmaker said he still has “reservations” about medical marijuana, but noted 29 other states allow it.

He said lawmakers should talk to experts and examine successes and failures in other states.

Even if Lehman’s measure is approved by the House, it will still require a council comprised of lawmakers from both parties to approve the study.

“With 29 other states and Washington, D.C., allowing the use of the marijuana plant for medical purposes, Hoosiers rightfully want to know what direction Indiana will take,” Lehman said in a written statement. “I believe it is wise of policymakers to carefully gather

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