Indiana has one more obstacle to clear before legalizing CBD oil

Now that the bill has cleared in the state legislature, Indiana has one more obstacle to clear before legalizing CBD oil.

After action by the state legislature, Indiana has one more obstacle to clear before legalizing CBD oil. Lawmakers passed the legislation on the final day of the legislative session, at 10 p.m. The House passed Senate Bill 52 unanimously, while Senators voted in favor 36-11.

SB-52 will legalize the purchase and sale of cannabidiol (CBD) in Indiana if it passes. All products sold in the state would have to be lab tested to ensure they do not exceed 0.3 percent THC.


Indiana is one step closer to legalizing CBD oil

With the passage of a bill on Tuesday, Indiana is one step closer to legalizing CBD oil. The Indiana House passed the measure, Senate Bill 52 (SB-52) by a unanimous vote of 93-0. If the bill becomes law, it would legalize CBD oil with low levels of THC in the Hoosier State. Before that happens, however, the bill will have to be finalized by lawmakers and signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.

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This city is cracking down on synthetic marijuana

One Indiana city is cracking down on synthetic marijuana for the sake of public health.

As federal marijuana prohibition continues, so does the practice of searching for its legal, or at the very least, easily obtainable substitute. To combat this, one city is cracking down on synthetic marijuana.

The outbreak of synthetic marijuana has become somewhat of an epidemic in its own right, with an influx of overdoses occurring over the last year. For a sample size, last July, there were over 150 people treated for K2 overdoses in the span of just a week.


Indiana legislators proceed toward new law on CBD oil

Indiana is a step closer to legalizing cannabis-derived oil.

At least 10 bills addressing cannabidiol (CBD) oil are flowing around the Legislature. One of those bills, Senate Bill 52, which has to do with low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp extract, made it through a second reading in the Senate on Thursday.


Indiana takes small step toward legalizing medical marijuana as House votes to study issue

Indiana lawmakers inched toward legalizing medical marijuana Thursday as the House unanimously voted to study the possibility before next year's legislative session. 

While the resolution is far from an endorsement of legalizing the substance, it signals a new-found openness to the idea. Neither chamber has voted to study the topic in recent years.

No one argued against the marijuana resolution, and even the most conservative lawmakers voted for it. 

The resolution was offered by one of the top House Republican leaders, Majority Floor Leader Rep. Matt Lehman — another favorable sign for the future legalization of medical marijuana. 

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 29 states have public medical marijuana programs. 


What's the reality of medical marijuana becoming legal in Indiana?

The push to legalize medical marijuana in Indiana appears to be gaining a certain strength.

Numerous veterans organizations, for example, have publicly pleaded with lawmakers to help treat veterans with issues like PTSD, chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries.

“We’re not talking about letting veterans smoke pot,” a representative said at a recent event.

But just as strong is the opposition and leery attitude among Republican leaders to move in that direction.

“I don’t think it has a lot of support,” House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said in an interview Tuesday.


Medical marijuana is 'wrong for Indiana' and could worsen drug crisis, county prosecutors group says

A county prosecutor's group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it's "wrong for Indiana" and could worsen the state's drug abuse crisis.

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys wrote a letter to the state's drug czar last week, asking him to "formally oppose the legalization of marijuana in any form, for any purpose."

"We strongly believe both medicinal and recreational marijuana legalization are wrong for Indiana," said the Nov. 3 letter to the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, chaired by drug czar Jim McClelland. "We urge you to take a stand against these policies that would cause further harm to communities already
suffering from the devastating effects of drug abuse."


Indiana: medical marijuana advocates hold rally to encourage patients to support the issue

IndyCann and Higher Fellowship founder Bobbie Young talks about Saturday's rally at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, which invited medical cannabis patients to share their stories and advocate for legalization of medical marijuana. Jenna Watson/IndyStar

Rally-goers and organizers pose for a photo together during a rally outside the Indiana Statehouse held by IndyCann and the Higher Fellowship to advocate medical cannabis law reform, Indianapolis, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.(Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)Buy Photo

Scott Cooksey gives his son Timothy 18 pills a day. The 19-year-old, who lives in Terre Haute with his family, has intractable epilepsy and Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome. 


Did Indiana legalize cannabis? Yes. Kind of. Maybe.

A new Indiana law intended to legalize the use of a cannabis extract to treat epilepsy instead resulted in a massive crackdown on the product across the state, making it more challenging for those with severe medical issues to obtain it.

An IndyStar investigation has found that after the law passed in April, the Indiana State Excise Police confiscated products containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD, from 57 stores across the state. Cannabidiol is a nonpsychoactive substance in marijuana.

The problem: CBD may be perfectly legal. 


Hoosier veterans head to DC to fight for marijuana legalization

A group of Indiana veterans is heading to Washington D.C. next week to try to convince lawmakers to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans.

Advocates with the group “Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis” say allowing veterans to have medical marijuana would save many lives.

According to their website, the group advocates for the “legalization of medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes and for legislative bodies to endorse veterans’ right to use medical cannabis therapeutically and responsibly.”


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