Influential GOP lawmaker calls for medical marijuana study


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An influential Republican lawmaker in the Indiana House of Representatives said Friday that the Legislature should study the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

Rep. Matt Lehman, the majority floor leader, says he is sponsoring a resolution calling for an interim study committee to research medical pot after the session. The Berne lawmaker says he still has misgiving about medical marijuana, but noted 29 other states allow it.

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

“Hoosiers rightfully want to know what direction Indiana will take,” Lehman said in a statement. “I believe it is wise of policymakers to carefully gather public and professional input.”

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 legislative study.

Lehman’s proposal comes as libertarian-leaning Republican state

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