(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) – Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Wednesday keeping CBD oil legal in Indiana and it’s already having a far-reaching impact across the state.

Everyday, Rick Montieth takes a dose of CBD oil. He has done so for about three years.

For him, it’s preventative.

“It can help with some sleep. I think that’s helped both my wife and myself. I just helps with your immune system and helps with your neurological receptor sites,” said Montieth. “It’s a relief to finally get official approval.”

There were months of widespread confusion over the legality of CBD oil.

Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill said it was illegal except to treat certain epileptic conditions. Some police and other law enforcement initiated crackdowns on CBD sales.

The new law allows for CBD with .3% or less THC.

THC is the compound in cannabis that gets drug users high.

“I’m assuming the ATC or the excise police will abide by the new law and that won’t be an issue as far as being alble to sell it on a retail basis,” said Montieth.

Wednesday, Gov. Holcomb said the bill was exactly what he had asked for at the onset. He said he wanted to make sure the levels were known and that the labeling was done so that if people could get access to it.

A statement released Thursday by Indiana State Excise Police said in part:

 “…the Indiana State Excise Police will be returning the products that were taken last summer to respective retailers. Excise will be doing this in a timely manner to ensure retailers have ample time before labeling requirements go into effect.”

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(This story was originally published on March 22, 2018)