A Senate committee in Indiana has given approval to legislation that would legalize the possession, use and distribution of cannabidiol (CBD) oil.
Indiana’s Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee passed Senate Bill 52 today with a 7 to 2 vote. The measure would legalize CBD oil which contains no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
“It will be open to anyone who wants to purchase it, with epilepsy or not,” says State Senateor Mike Young (R), who notes that the measure is an expansion of a 2007 law that established a CBD registry allowing those with intractable epilepsy to legally use CBD for medical purposes. Young says that CBD oil “doesn’t appear to be harmful. The evidence indicates you can’t overdose on it, but it has a great deal of scientific benefit to resolve a lot of people’s problems.”
The bill also includes protections for workers who fail a drug test for THC based on their legal use of CBD oil.
The measure now moves towards a vote by the full Senate. If approved, it will be sent to the House of Representatives will passage will send it Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration.