Andrew Cullen, legislative liaison for the Indiana Public Defender Council, put it another way.
“No one wants to encourage the use of drugs,” he said, “but to make a low-level, recreational drug user into a felon is ridiculous.”
Frankly, such a change in the law might be inevitable. Public opinion on the issue has shifted dramatically in recent decades.
When Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana in 1969, more than 80 percent of Americans were against it. By last year, that opposition had dropped to 46 percent.
This might be a change in the law whose time has come.