Influential GOP lawmaker calls for medical marijuana study

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FILE-In this Friday, April 22, 2016 file photo, a marijuana bud is seen at a medical marijuana facility in Unity, Maine. Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana are looking to score their first significant electoral victories in eastern U.S. states on Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – One of the most powerful Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives says the Legislature should study the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

Rep. Matt Lehman, the majority floor leader, said Friday that he is sponsoring a resolution calling for an interim study committee to research medical pot after the session.

The Berne lawmaker says he still has misgiving about medical marijuana, but noted 29 other states allow it.

He says lawmakers should talk to experts and examine successes and failures in other states.

Even if Lehman’s measure is approved by the House, it will still require a council comprised of lawmakers from both parties to approve the study.

His resolution comes as libertarian-leaning Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour has called for legislation legalizing medical marijuana.

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