Although it has been said that Indiana would be one of the last states to put any kind of marijuana law on the books, both chambers of the State Legislature took action this week on a bill aimed at allowing a specific group of patients to have access to non-intoxicating cannabis oil.
On Thursday, both the House and Senate put their seal of approval on proposals designed to give epilepsy patients the freedom to use cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis derivative that has been shown to decrease the frequency of seizures. The medical marijuana approved by Indiana lawmakers would be devoid of THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis.
“You can smoke 700 acres and all you’re going to get is really red eyes and probably a really sick cold,” Republican Senator James Tomes told The Statehouse File. “But you’re not going to get a buzz.”
This is the first time Indiana’s legislative forces have given any consideration to a bill pertaining to marijuana. It was the restrictive nature of the proposals, and lack of THC, that persuaded lawmakers to give them a fair shot.
The bills call for patients to have tried at least two different prescription medications before a physician…