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Indiana State Police leader says he would legalize marijuana and tax it

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
When it comes to legalizing marijuana, the politics can be tricky.
 
Paul Whitesell, superintendent of the Indiana State Police, learned that Tuesday after he told the State Budget Committee: “If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it.”
 
Later in the day, after news of his comments spread, the Indiana State Police issued a written statement clarifying the words of the agency’s leader. The statement described Whitesell’s comments as a “philosophical” opinion, not an official one.
 
“Although the superintendent personally understands the theoretical argument for taxation and legalization, as a police officer with over 40 years of experience he does not support the legalization of marijuana,” the statement said.
 
Whitesell is the latest in series of state officials in recent months to bring attention to the issue of decriminalizing or lessening penalties for marijuana possession.
 
Some political observers say the growing conversation indicates the issue could receive serious debate when the Indiana General Assembly convenes in January. However, considerable doubts remain that Indiana would go as far as Colorado and Washington, where voters earlier this month approved ballot initiatives to legalize small, recreational amounts of the drug.
 
Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville, said that while there is a shift in the national attitude toward marijuana, he doesn’t think conservative Indiana will be among the leaders in easing laws against pot.
 
However, two Indiana lawmakers have said they would like to move in that direction.
 

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