CBD oil

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are one step closer to being able to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, to treat medical ailments, without fear of criminal consequences.

The Indiana House voted 93-0 Tuesday to legalize the marijuana-derived product that Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill recently declared was illegal to sell in Indiana and said its use was limited to some 50 individuals with treatment-resistant epilepsy who registered with the state.

House Bill 1214, which now goes to the Senate, scraps the registry and allows any Hoosier to purchase and use CBD oil, provided it contains less then 0.3 percent THC, the marijuana ingredient that produces a "high."

Supporters of the measure said CBD oil is harmless, and there's no reason why it shouldn't be treated the same as any other herbal remedy available to Hoosiers without a prescription.

The legislation dodges federal controlled substance prohibitions by recognizing CBD oil as an exempt industrial hemp product.

Likewise, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed state excise police not to enforce Hill's interpretation of current CBD oil law until after the General Assembly decides whether to change it.

A similar measure is pending in the Senate.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.