(Indianapolis, Ind.) – An Indiana lawmaker wants the state to consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana.
State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) has filed a bill that would require the criminal law and sentencing study committee take a look at revising Indiana’s laws against pot.
"We need to think about this," Tallian told the Associated Press. "We're cutting essential services out of the budget now, and it may not make sense to spend millions of dollars prosecuting marijuana cases."
Tallian says it could save the state millions to decriminalize carrying small amounts of the plant. She said between 10,000 and 13,000 marijuana cases are handled in Indiana each year with roughly 85 percent of those dealing with possession.
Republicans who control the Senate have assured Tallian they'll have a legislative hearing to hear the proposal.