Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse

Drug Commission Formally Opposes Medical Marijuana

Nov 9, 2017

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted Thursday to formally oppose the decriminalization of marijuana in any form. The resolution that came one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb took the same stance.

Two members of the commission asked that it take a stand against medical marijuana in Indiana, according to the commission’s executive director Jim McClelland.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council wants the state drug commission and drug czar to formally oppose marijuana legalization in any form. The group sent a letter to the Commission to Combat Drug Abuse this week.

The council says marijuana legalization would be bad for workforce development and community health.

Executive Order Creates New State Drug Director

Jan 10, 2017
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Eric Holcomb has signed an executive order creating a position within his office to oversee all state agencies involved with drug prevention and treatment efforts.

Retired Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana CEO Jim McClelland will serve as the new Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. In that role, he’ll be in charge of overseeing the drug-related efforts of nine Indiana agencies, including the Department of Health, the Professional Licensing Agency and the Family and Social Services Administration.

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A group created to respond to Indiana's growing drug abuse epidemic will now give way to a permanent commission studying the same topic.

The Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention met for the final time Monday.

The temporary task force was created to study the state’s drug epidemic and recommend actions to the governor. A permanent replacement —the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse—will begin meeting in 2017.

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Legislation to create a permanent Indiana drug task force heads to the House floor after a committee approved the measure Tuesday.  

The bill has support from both parties, but some Democrats want language to ensure diversity on the task force.