Indiana Democrats Ask: Would Eric Holcomb Support Cannabis Use for Veterans with Chronic Pain or PTSD? 


2018 Hoosier Survey Poll: About 80-percent of Hoosiers support some form of cannabis legalization, 78-percent do not want simple possession to be a crime

Indiana Democrats to join Veteran Organization, Indiana NORML on statewide tour calling for cannabis legalization – including for Hoosier veterans

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today asked Governor Eric Holcomb if he would support medicinal cannabis use for Hoosier veterans as a therapeutic to treat mental health conditions like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Holcomb is expected to launch an awareness campaign this morning about veteran mental health and suicide – the same day Indiana Democrats like Tom McDermott, Destiny Wells, and Ryan Mears will join Indiana NORML and Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis for the start of a statewide tour focused on cannabis legalization. 

The tour’s first stop: American Legion 34 at 2:00pm ET.

Democrats want to ensure the Governor has a plan for the state to help veterans combat chronic pain and PTSD, and it’s past time Indiana joined 37 other states – both red and blue – in legalizing a product that’s been proven to fight addiction and mental health disorders. 

“A large majority of Hoosiers support cannabis legalization in some form, and it’s a shame to see Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Republican Party drag its feet on an issue that’s truly a win-win for the state – especially for our veterans,” said Lauren Ganapini, executive director for the Indiana Democratic Party. “Democrats have time and again produced plans to legalize marijuana at the statehouse, and our candidates are ready to hit the road on this issue until adult use becomes a reality in the Hoosier State. It’s just unfortunate the Indiana GOP will let their partisanship get in the way of what is truly a bipartisan opportunity.” 

Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Republican Party simply do not support legalizing marijuana in the Hoosier State. Holcomb said he would not back adult-use cannabis until it was legalized by the U.S. Congress. And, every Republican in Indiana’s Congressional delegation voted “NO” on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act – which would have decriminalized cannabis across the nation. Holcomb even went as far as to suggest other states have made the wrong decision to decriminalize the product altogether. Bottom line: the Indiana GOP has no plan on an issue an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers – including veterans – support. They are just relying on their partisanship.  


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