As members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus announced proposals that would soften the state’s marijuana laws, one local activist said he joined the fight recently, hoping to spread the message of those efforts into less populated areas of the state.

“For me it’s been a long process,” Leland Brown told the Tribune on Thursday.

Wabash Plain Dealer editor Rob Burgess contributed to this report.

Wabash Plain Dealer editor Rob Burgess contributed to this report.