State police head pushes legalizing pot

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Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#1 Nov 27, 2012
The head of the Indiana State Police is telling lawmakers he would legalize and tax marijuana if it were up to him.

State police Superintendent Paul Whitesell told members of the State Budget Committee on Tuesday that he had followed the issue during 40 years in law enforcement and believed "it is here, it's going to stay."

He cited votes in Colorado and Oregon allowing adults to have small amounts of marijuana as evidence of a national shift on the issue.

His answer came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Sheila Klinker about pending proposals to decriminalize small amounts of the drug.

Democratic Sen. Karen Tallian has proposed decriminalizing marijuana and Republican Sen. Brent Steele said he would consider a similar measure during the upcoming legislative session.

A spokesman for Indiana State Police released a statement stressing that Whitesell's comments were strictly philosophical and did not reflect support for legalization of the drug.

"His comments were of a philosophical perspective and not the substance of a rendered official opinion," the statement read. "Although the Superintendent personally understands the theoretical argument for taxation and legalization, as a police officer with over 40 years of experience he does not support the legalization of marijuana."

Governor-elect Mike Pence's office also issued a statement on the matter.

"Gov.-elect Pence opposes the decriminalization of marijuana, and he will base his decisions about the leadership of his administration on a broad range of qualifications rather than a stance on one issue," said Christy Denault, Pence's communications director. http://m.theindychannel.com/w/news-top/story/...

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#2 Nov 27, 2012
If it does ever become legal you can expect to raise in price. A $120 bag will go for $190.
Winter

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Nov 27, 2012
That's real
intelligent. Not.

Since: Aug 12

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Nov 28, 2012
Winter wrote:
That's real
intelligent. Not.
So you think that putting people in prison for possessing the dried leaves of a wild plant is an intelligent thing to do?
Toledo Tony

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Nov 28, 2012
Pontificating wrote:
<quoted text>So you think that putting people in prison for possessing the dried leaves of a wild plant is an intelligent thing to do?
My Grandfather never thought pooping in the house was a good idea either yet here we are...
victim of theft

Orlando, FL

#6 Nov 28, 2012
Do not buy apple products from Jason Leaver
Grandy

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Nov 28, 2012
THE jason Leaver from Indiana? Please tell me more about Jason Leaver? He's a horrible human being! Tell me what you know and I will tell you what I know!
victim of theft wrote:
Do not buy apple products from Jason Leaver
OUtbound

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Nov 28, 2012
DavidM wrote:
If it does ever become legal you can expect to raise in price. A $120 bag will go for $190.
I have a huge stash of seeds and a superb green thumb that say differently.....

I can make it so that it will only cost me the price of a 1/2 bag of cow manure and a few hundred gallons of water at 3 cents a gallon.
victim of theft

Orlando, FL

#9 Nov 28, 2012
Grandy wrote:
THE jason Leaver from Indiana? Please tell me more about Jason Leaver? He's a horrible human being! Tell me what you know and I will tell you what I know!<quoted text>
He advertised iphone/ipad repair services on Ebay. The apple products were shipped to him and he never sent them back. He has done this to at least a dozen people and the police will do nothing.
victim of theft

Orlando, FL

#10 Nov 28, 2012
Grandy wrote:
THE jason Leaver from Indiana? Please tell me more about Jason Leaver? He's a horrible human being! Tell me what you know and I will tell you what I know!<quoted text>
He advertised iphone/ipad repair services on Ebay. he did not fix the items. H did not return them to the owners. He did this to more than a dozen people. So, do not buy apple products from this guy. They may be stolen.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#11 Nov 28, 2012
Trouble is they are not talking at this time of making it legal. Only talking about lowering the price if you get caught. You would be charge the same if it passes on growing. Now, if they completely legalize it where you could grow your own, there would be less crime dealing with pot.
OUtbound wrote:
<quoted text>
I have a huge stash of seeds and a superb green thumb that say differently.....
I can make it so that it will only cost me the price of a 1/2 bag of cow manure and a few hundred gallons of water at 3 cents a gallon.
Brandy

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Nov 28, 2012
Sounds like something he would do. How many Jason Leavers could there be in Indiana? Probably the same one. Works at local hospitals in Indiana and treats people (patients) terrible, because he can. He thinks he is God. Has many kids, not married to the mothers of them, so he probably has to be a shyster just to pay child support.
victim of theft wrote:
<quoted text>
He advertised iphone/ipad repair services on Ebay. he did not fix the items. H did not return them to the owners. He did this to more than a dozen people. So, do not buy apple products from this guy. They may be stolen.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#13 Nov 29, 2012
So he is like the most dad's that never thought enough of the woman to marry them. Not to mention never taking care of them.
Brandy wrote:
Sounds like something he would do. How many Jason Leavers could there be in Indiana? Probably the same one. Works at local hospitals in Indiana and treats people (patients) terrible, because he can. He thinks he is God. Has many kids, not married to the mothers of them, so he probably has to be a shyster just to pay child support.<quoted text>
victim of theft

Orlando, FL

#14 Nov 29, 2012
Well all of the people who were scammed are looking to get their devices returned to them. Do you know what hospital he is working at?

“NOT RUSSIAN”

Since: May 08

and not from Russia

#15 Nov 29, 2012
DavidM wrote:
Trouble is they are not talking at this time of making it legal. Only talking about lowering the price if you get caught. You would be charge the same if it passes on growing. Now, if they completely legalize it where you could grow your own, there would be less crime dealing with pot.
<quoted text>
If they lower the cost of the fines related to possessing small amounts (say, under 1/2oz), it's 'decriminalization'. They do this in Massachusetts. The less it 'costs' to possess it, the fewer criminals you will have sitting in jail over it (when most of them could be out working for a living and paying taxes! gasp, what a concept!). Of course, that would mean a few rookie LEOs and PO's will get their work loads shifted around a little, perhaps a few layoffs, BUT WE CAN'T HAVE THAT, CAN WE? as if we couldn't find SOMETHING for them to do.

No, this state will never legalize cannabis. As Hilary Clinton liked to say back in January of 2011 down in South America: "There's too much money in it for it to be legalized." (it was refreshing to actually read that a politician finally lost control of their mouths and admitted the obvious - but that's another story).
nuffsaid

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Nov 29, 2012
Without the scenic splendors, that other states enjoy; and with only the Indy 500, various conventions, and a once in a blue moon Super Bowl; you would think this state would be one of the first to clamor for legalization in order to reap the tax windfall.
But no........
They only want to keep the flow of fed dollars coming in for the maximum number of prisoners held by the DOC; most for non-violent drug crimes.
Pitiful.
Grandy

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Nov 29, 2012
He is a snake! I cannot believe they are saying there is no crime. He is a terrible person. Once again gets by with criminal actions! One day it will all catch up with him via karma!http://trib.al/7j0ropt
victim of theft wrote:
Do not buy apple products from Jason Leaver
Grandy

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Nov 29, 2012
He was at Community East, but was fired. Not sure where he is now. Check Methodist, Wishard, etc. Hopefully his nursing license was stripped from him.
victim of theft wrote:
Well all of the people who were scammed are looking to get their devices returned to them. Do you know what hospital he is working at?
Grandy

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Nov 29, 2012
If it's true that his father got sick and he got behind in his work. Let's hope NO ONE treated his father the way he treated his patients at Community. That was a crime and nothing was done about it.
Buffalo Bob

Huntington, NY

#20 Dec 6, 2012
What will the Legal-Corectional Complex do if pot is legalized? Where will it get a new source of raw material to process through its mega money-making operation? Maybe if texting were made illegal, it could find plenty of new raw material from that universe of "criminals."

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