Local group reacts to legal recreational marijuana in Michigan

Since Michigan is legalizing recreational Marijuana, many wonder if Indiana will get any closer to changing its laws on cannabis.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 6:47 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 6:48 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Members of the Purdue National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana laws are thrilled to hear about Michigan's latest decision to legalize recreational cannabis.

"I think it's great," said member Kirby Fichtner.

"There's a lot of positive aspects," added another Purdue NORML member Tyler Medsger.

"I think that hopefully Indiana will get it soon, maybe we will see how it's improving Michigan and maybe that will effect how it gets legalized here," said Fichtner. 

But until then, these students think it may cause more Hoosiers to cross the Michigan border.

"I wouldn't be surprised, it's just a way more reliable way to get it," said Medsger. 

"When I'm 21 possibly, but the problem is you still can't bring it back here," said Fichtner. 

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said once they cross the border, they should follow Indiana laws on marijuana. 

"Or any other state that it is not legal as of this time," said Riley. "They have the possiblity of being arrested by that officer or police department if they are caught."

Fichtner said marijuana would actually help her medically.

"The solutions that were given to my doctor were injections that give you really bad side affects and they are $10,000 each injection and I need two," explained Fichtner. "Or marijuana which comes with no harmful side affects and it actually helps control the flare ups."

NORML Board Member Mya Smith thinks Indiana should leave the decision up to the voters.

"I have no doubt in my mind that it would become legal if they put it on a ballot," said Smith. 

Indiana State Police want to remind people that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in every state.

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