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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:00 am

Open for debate

Pot advocates challenge prosecutors' opposition

Jeff Staker

Jeff Staker, a resident of Denver, Indiana, is founder of Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis Inc.

I have been getting bombarded with calls and emails asking me to respond to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council's call for the state to formally oppose the legalization of marijuana.

There is one reason and one reason only for them to put out such a letter. And that is fear. Our fellow Hoosiers are speaking out loud and clear against this false propaganda ever since it was published a few days ago – and the polls are showing it (it's well over 87 percent and climbing, just against this letter alone). Their tactics of putting out stats and quotes is biased, one-sided reporting, and it is their attempt to draw the public to their point of view. They just don't want cannabis in any form in Indiana, even for medical purposes.

Well, it's not going to work. It didn't work for Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi Party, or Attorney General Curtis Hill's article in the Indianapolis Star last summer, nor New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent speech in Indianapolis. We are tired of the lies because we know better.

Knowledge is power, and we are not ignorant. 

IPAC is afraid because the majority of informed Hoosiers are speaking out to the contrary. IPAC should be afraid after making such a bold statement as “Marijuana is not a medicine!” And this, my friends, will be the heart of their communications and fears going forth. I wish I could personally take on IPAC, the attorney general and our governor in front of a jury of our peers and have them prove just one thing and one thing only, that cannabis has No, I repeat, no medicinal benefits whatsoever. This, folks, is why they are so afraid because IPAC knows it can't. 

So, what are they doing? They are setting up an ambush, attempting to kill any chance or hope that this issue will be brought up before a committee hearing in the 2018 General Assembly session. IPAC is afraid because if we the people do get that opportunity, we will put before them the overwhelming evidence to support our case, backed by patients, medical professionals, academics and – yes – even our veterans who have paid the price to have their voices heard by all. It didn't work for them last year when they were defeated on the bill for children with epilepsy, and they know they can't win now or ever if the issue is brought before the people.

As a former Marine infantryman, I know that when in an ambush, your only option is turn directly into that ambush and attack. It is a kill-or-be-killed situation. One more truth that IPAC fails to mention in its letter – cannabis never killed anyone, and it never will.