LETTER: Cautious Indiana misses opportunity

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has hit the nail on the head once again regarding the legalization of marijuana in Indiana and the nation. [Indiana needs to get off the pot, Forefront, June 14.]

The excuses by Gov. Holcomb, Speaker Bosma and most of the Legislature to avoid what the vast majority of their voting constituents not only approve of, but have asked for—the legalization of marijuana—have become very old, trite, archaic and almost embarrassing at this point. We are now living well into the 21st century, and we need to act like it and accept it. Perpetuated and unfounded fear is no longer an acceptable excuse.

While new cannabis industries continue to be established and flourish in over 33 states and territories, including all four states adjacent to Indiana, we continue the Indiana tradition of cautiously waiting until the other states have figured it all out. Economic development may come with the eventual legalization in Indiana, but the big established out-of-state boys will beat us to it. Sometimes we need to move forward before the fix is in, and let the new industry germinate, grow, establish itself, and produce the expanded employment, business growth, and benefits within our own borders. I forgot to mention, in case any elected folks read this, the state and local taxes will be massive and dependable within the ever growing cannabis industry.

Keep it up, Abdul.

Kevin Parsons

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