An October 2016 poll found that 73% of Indiana voters support creating a medical marijuana program in the state, but the Indiana General Assembly concluded its 2016 session without making progress on a single marijuana bill.

Indiana has some of the most Draconian marijuana penalties in the country. Possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000. Sadly, almost 90% of all reported burglaries, including home invasions, and over 85% of all motor vehicle thefts go unsolved, according to the state-based reports from Indiana state law enforcement to the FBI for the year 2012. During the same year, law enforcement devoted valuable time and resources to either arresting or citing over 9,000 individuals for marijuana-related offenses, 86% of which were for possession.

African Americans often bear the brunt of unfair enforcement of marijuana prohibition policies, and in Indiana, they’re over three times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white counterparts.