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Indiana Senate Approves Bill Allowing Broad Use of CBD

Indiana’s Senate has approved legislation to legalize CBD products in the state, according to an NWI.com report. The measure passed the chamber 35-13, while a similar bill was approved unanimously by the House last week. Both authorizes the manufacture, sale, and use of CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent THC but, in order to move to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk, the Senate must vote on the House proposal or vice versa.

The vote comes more than a month after state Attorney General Curtis Hill released an official opinion maintaining that CBD products were unlawful in the state unless possessed by an epilepsy patient as allowed under the state’s limited medical cannabis law. The following week, Holcomb said that retailers had 60 days to remove the products from their shelves.

State Sen. Mike Young, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, pointed out that since the passage of the CBD-only medical cannabis law, no one in the state has been arrested for possessing CBD oils.

“My hope with this bill is that more Hoosiers will be able to use this product to treat their ailments. Since we are limiting how much THC can be in the product, there is no risk for people to use this to get high.” – Young to NWI.com

Both the Senate and House versions classify CBD as an industrial hemp product which prevents it from being considered a controlled substance under federal law.

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