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1:37 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Indiana State Police Chief: Legalize and Tax Pot

The leader of Indiana State Police has no objection to legislative efforts to ease penalties for marijuana possession in the Hoosier State.    He says if it were up to him, marijuana would be legal.

When asked about the drug in a budget committee meeting, ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell said he’s spent some 40 years trying to enforce various marijuana laws.

"It’s here, it’s going to stay, there’s an awful lot of victimization that goes with it. If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it, particularly in sight of the fact that several other states have now come to that part of their legal system as well," he said.

At least two Indiana lawmakers say they’ll sponsor bills that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational or medical use.

Whitesell says the state could set up a system under which marijuana users would register and pay taxes.

"Wherein if you are going to imbibe, you would go through there to be recognized or pay your taxes and keep some sense of it, give us some stats so you could monitor it in some fashion. And if you go around it in some other place, that’s where my folks would come in and take issue."