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Indiana Legislature Approves CBD Bill; Heads to Governor

Indiana’s CBD bill is finally headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk, FOX59 reports. The bill, which was unanimously approved by the House, allows CBD products derived from industrial hemp to be sold at retailers throughout the state.

State officials had taken a hardline stance on the products. Last year, Indiana Excise Police confiscated CBD products from retailers throughout the state, announced a policy change indicating they would stop the practice, only to continue pulling products off of shelves. In November, the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys sent a letter to the chairman of the state Commission to Combat Drug Abuse urging them to “formally oppose” cannabis legalization in any form – including CBD.

Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr. declared CBD products “unlawful” later that month, and Holcomb ordered retailers to remove products with “any level of THC” from their shelves within 60 days. And just when it seemed like the Legislature would finally pass a bill to explicitly legalize CBD product sales, lawmakers turned one of the bills into gun legislation.

The measure all but negates a bill passed last year that allows individuals with epilepsy to access CBD oils. Indiana does not have a medical cannabis program; however, the House voted in January to study medical cannabis legalization before next year’s session.

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