CBD oil one step closer to legalization in Indiana

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(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) – CBD oil is one step closer to remaining legal to sell or buy in Indiana. Tuesday, one of the state legislature’s last-surviving CBD oil bills took a big step. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

There was heated debate on the State Senate floor. Several lawmakers vowed to vote ‘no.’

Explaining his ‘no’ vote, State Senator Aaron Freeman said he hopes CBD oil doesn’t turn out to be a snake oil type product.

State Rep. William Friend’s bill would allow the sale and purchase of CBD oil with .3% or less THC.

State Rep. Friend said, “I’m very confident that we’re going to make the CBD oil legal for Indiana residents to use, possess, retail, and clear up the confusion that’s out there about CBD oil.”

Friend’s bill is one of two surviving CBD oil bills in the Statehouse. The other is State Senator Michael Young’s .3% or less THC CBD oil bill, which is heading to a conference committee.

State Sen. Young said, “I see no reason why the House wouldn’t accept the conference committee report on 1214 and why the Senate wouldn’t accept the conference committee report on 52. When both those pass, they’ll be exactly the same; they’ll both go down to the Governor.”

In spite of opposition, State Rep. Friend’s CBD oil bill passed 37-12.

State Rep. Friend said the governor has been supportive of CBD oil and has been supportive of its access to the public, but he didn’t give a definitive answer about whether he believed the governor would sign the bill.

There’s an industrial hemp bill in the State House that passed out of the State Senate Monday.

The bill was changed to call for a summer study of industrial hemp, which includes CBD oil.
Friend said with his bill, labels will be involved and law enforcement will be able to look at the label and know what’s in it.

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(This story was originally published on March 6, 2018)

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