March 01, 2018, Indiana
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives in Indiana passed the SB-52 bill, which will legalize the use of CBD oil (Cannabidiol) with small traces of THC. The bill was passed by an overwhelming support of the lawmakers and got a unanimous vote. After final legislative touchups and the Governor’s approval, this bill will soon become a part of the state legislation.
In the first week of February, the bill was introduced in the senate by Michael Young, a Republican senator from the state capital. The senate passed the bill and moved it to the House of Representatives where it was discussed any amended by the lawmakers. The original bill didn’t allow any trace of THC for legal CBD oils. But after the amendments from the House, maximum 0.3 percent of THC has become permissible for legal CBD oil products. The bill now categorically mentions that any CBD oil with less than 0.3 percent of THC won’t be classified as a controlled substance under Indiana’s laws. The bill has also removed the CBD registry, which allows epileptic patients to get CBD treatments. This registry was executed very poorly and thus ended up in a mess. The amended bill also has a provision to safeguard the people who fail workplace drug test after the use of CBD oils and other hemp products.
Dr. Stuart Titus, the CEO of an MMJ company, has applauded this measure because many people fail to pass this test just because they are using hemp products (seed, oil and powder) for nutritional reasons.
All these products have minimal levels of THC that doesn’t have any psychedelic effect on the user. However, use of such products often leads to fail drug screening tests deployed by several organizations.
On the other hand, a mild legislative conflict is also brewing in the state because the original author of the bill is not happy with the amendments made by the house. Young has made it clear that he is not going to coincide with the house on the bill without thoroughly looking into the changes made.
For any bill to go to the governor’s table, it is necessary that both chambers of the state legislature are on the same page. Now, the bill will be discussed in the conference committee where lawmakers from both the chambers will get an opportunity to offset all the legislative differences on the bill. Lawmakers are hopeful that the differences will be ironed out without much fuss because at the end of the day, the sole objective of this bill is to alleviate the discomfort of people who are in therapeutic need of CBD oil.
Apart from this development, Indiana’s legislature is moving forward with its progress on other CBD fronts as well. Two more bills are in line to be presented in the state senate. House Bill 1137 entails the establishment of legal hemp industry in Indiana where farmers will be allowed to grow the strain for commercial consumption.
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