January 30, 2018

House Unanimously Votes To Legalize CBD

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Brandon Smith/IPB News

Brandon Smith/IPB News

Cannabidiol, or CBD, would become legal for anyone in the state of Indiana under legislation unanimously approved by the full House.

There are several bills dealing with the issue this session, in both chambers. The measure approved Tuesday takes the simplest approach.

It defines CBD as a byproduct of the cannabis plant that contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, a psychoactive ingredient. And it legalizes CBD. Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy), the measure’s author, says cannabidiol should be treated like an herbal supplement.

“CBD oil has a negligible amount of THC and does not produce a high or intoxication or euphoria,” Friend says.

Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) says he has plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition. And on the House floor, Judy admitted he’s used CBD since August.

“I wake up in the morning without pain now. For me, it’s worked,” Judy says. “I do not want to be thrown in jail for CBD.”

The House voted 93-0 to advance the bill to the Senate.

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