Despite inhabiting a state with some of the harshest drug laws in the Midwest, a new poll reports that a majority – 52 percent – of Indiana residents support regulating marijuana like alcohol and tobacco. And an overwhelming number of Hoosiers – 78 percent – approve taxing weed like booze and cigarettes. Forty-five percent of those polled were against the concept of regulation, but only a scant 19 percent opposed cannabis taxation. 

The study was administered by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University in conjunction with Indianapolis television station WISH-TV. The study surveyed 600 Indiana residents in the month of October. Democrats were more likely to support regulating cannabis (64 percent), while only 49 percent of Republicans were in favor. However, when it came to the issue of taxation, there was no distinguishable difference between the political parties, both were solidly in favor of taxing pot.  

The results were similar to last year's poll in which 53 percent of respondents favored decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis. 

Presently in Indiana, possession of any amount of cannabis flowers up to 30 grams (essentially an ounce) is a misdemeanor that can land the offender in jail for a year, and over 30 grams is a felony resulting in a sentence of up to three years. Hoosier state laws are even more intolerant regarding hash and pot concentrates, possessing any amount is an automatic felony with a year behind bars.