Indiana resisting marijuana trend of neighboring states

This Nov. 25, 2019 photo shows marijuana on display at Arbors Wellness in the medical marijuana shop in Ann Arbor, Mich. Adults age 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use starting Sunday, Dec. 1 in Michigan. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - As the 2020 General Assembly approaches, Indiana’s Republican leaders say they oppose taking steps to follow Michigan and Illinois in legalizing marijuana use.

Indiana lawmakers have not seriously debated steps such as allowing medical marijuana or removing the threat of jail time for possessing small amounts of the drug, even as recreational marijuana sales have won approval in Michigan and Illinois and medical use is allowed in Ohio.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says he'll remain opposed as long as federal officials classify marijuana as a dangerous drug.

Democrats seeking to challenge Holcomb in next year's election all favor some level of legalization.