You would think that prosecutors would support legalizing, or at least decriminalizing, marijuana. It would allow them to focus on far more serious crimes and not waste resources putting some in jail for possession of small amounts of cannabis. But apparently prosecutors in Indiana don't feel that way.
The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys sent a letter to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb saying that medical marijuana legalization would come with "grave consequences" if allowed.
"Reports abound of efforts to legalize marijuana in the state of Indiana," the letter said. "We respectfully ask the (administration) to formally oppose the legalization of marijuana in any form, for any purpose."
The Indiana prosecutors resorted to the same, tired arguments used against marijuana legalization that everyone else uses. They claimed it's a gateway drug that leads people to using harder drugs, they said legalization makes the nation's opioid epidemic worse, and that people who say it can be used medicinally are relying on "half-truths and anecdotal evidence."
Now, all of these arguments have been debunked on this website in the past, but we'll re-state them once again. States with legalized marijuana have less opioid abuse, marijuana actually helps people stop abusing harder drugs and there are tons of studies showing the benefits of medical marijuana. The only people using half-truths and anecdotal evidence are the prosecutors. But we shouldn't expect them to show any rationality. They also opposed an Indiana law that would allow people to use cannabis oil to treat epilepsy, even though the oils would not get people high. There's no reasoning with these people.
Now, there isn't really any major momentum for marijuana legalization in Indiana. A Republican state representative recently made a splash for saying he wants to legalize the drug, but the conservative state doesn't seem to be intent to do so in the near future.
So it seems the prosecutors will get there way for now, and can continue throwing people in jail for smoking a joint, because that's the worse thing a person can do.
(h/t Chicago Tribune)