Indiana is just one of a few states — a list that includes South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska and West Virginia — that prohibit all forms of medicinal cannabis. Twenty-eight states and D.C. offer comprehensive medical cannabis programs while 15 others allow people with certain conditions to use a form of the plant low in THC, the compound that produces the high, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Indiana is also now a state whose neighboring states all have legalized medical cannabis (Ohio, Michigan & Illinois) or have low-THC/high-CBD limited access (Kentucky).
Leading the charge for medical cannabis in Indiana is the group, Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis. Jeff Stater, a former Marine, told me in our interview this morning of how access to medical cannabis means life or death for many veterans and residents across Indiana. Staker is the founder of Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis. The Kokomo, Indiana veteran hopes pressure from the state’s American Legion will continue to push lawmakers to create a statewide medical cannabis program. The mission of HVMC is: To inform, educate, lobby, support and maintain legislations for the “legal” Medical use of Cannabis within the State of Indiana. In addition, when they have fought and won for the legalization of Medical Cannabis, HVMC will work with our legislators to continuously review, revise and update legislation as may be necessary from time to time. (i.e. recognizing residents from out of State that are Medical Cannabis patients …and so forth.)
Within the US one person every 20 minutes dies of either an accidental and or intentional overdose to prescription pain medication. Doing the math that’s 3 every hour, 72 a day and so forth. It has been reported that our Veterans are overdosing at twice the rate of civilians….in other words 2 of the 3