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2 bills filed that would allow medical marijuana in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Two Democratic lawmakers have filed bills that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Indiana, although neither measure is likely to advance in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Sen. Karen Tallian of Portage and Rep. Sue Errington of Muncie are sponsoring bills that would allow Indiana residents to use marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s recommendation.

But Errington tells The Star Press her bill has been assigned to a House committee where it’s unlikely to get a hearing.

Tallian’s bill would create a state agency that would oversee a program for those who use marijuana for treatment.

The Indianapolis Star reports Tallian has long fought unsuccessfully for legalization of marijuana in Indiana. Two bills she authored over the past two years died without a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate.