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Indiana Lawmakers Turn CBD Bill into Guns Bill

Lawmakers in Indiana have used a “strip and replace” procedure to turn CBD legislation to gun legislation as the state’s session winds to a close, according to a WTHR13 report. The gun bill would allow state citizens to obtain a lifetime handgun permit for free and allow members at churches with schools to carry firearms to church events.

The bill sponsor, Rep. Bill Friend, told WTHR that the bill had become a vehicle and no longer has “anything to do with CBD oil.” The CBD measure was approved unanimously by the House in January and passed the Senate with a 3-to-1 margin. All that was left was for the chambers to come together for a conference and work out some of the differences between the House and Senate versions.

Another bill to legalize CBD oil in the state still lives in the state Senate – which is why lawmakers were able to completely gut the bill that has already had success in both chambers; they only need one bill to legalize CBD. The measure that still exists is the one approved by the House before moving to the Senate, becoming a Senate version and being turned into a vehicle bill for guns.

The Indiana Session closes in two days.

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