(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana lawmakers are studying whether marijuana should be made legal.
The General Assembly's criminal law and sentencing policy study committee will meet this week to discuss possible marijuana-related legislation which could be introduced in 2012 according to the Associated Press.
Among the topics will be whether to make Indiana the 17th state to allow medical marijuana.
State Rep. Tom Knollman (R-Liberty) has pushed for the plant’s medicinal uses to be studied. Bound to a wheelchair, Knollman suffers from multiple sclerosis and said he wishes he could legally try the drug to relieve his pain.
The study committee was created from legislation authored by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) which passed the General Assembly earlier this year. The committee will study the possible benefits of legalizing small amounts of pot.
Tallian has said between 10,000 and 13,000 marijuana cases are handled in Indiana each year with roughly 85 percent of those dealing with possession.