March 14, 2018

CBD Legalization Gets Legislative Approval

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers.  - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one step away from legalization after lawmakers gave final approval to such legislation Wednesday.

The measure legalizes CBD oil as long as it has 0.3 percent or less THC, the ingredient in cannabis that creates a high.

The bill also imposes labeling and testing requirements on those who manufacture or sell CBD oil. Products must be tested by an independent lab, while labels must have QR or bar codes that link to those results and other identifying information.

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says those regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers. He also lays the blame for those requirements with a certain group.

“Too many prosecutors around the state have a bad case of reefer madness," Pierce says. "They’re suffering from hallucinations, seeing medical marijuana and illicit THC consumption around every corner.”

The governor must now sign the bill.

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