After years of firm opposition from the Indiana Statehouse, the tides may be turning on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana use.
So far, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis use for medicinal purposes, including neighboring states Illinois (2013), Michigan (2008) and Ohio (2016), according to ProCon.org. Seven of those states have taken legalization a step further, allowing for recreational use. Of the states allowing recreational use, none is in the Midwest, and just two — Maine and Massachusetts — are on the East Coast. However, cannabis remains a Schedule I substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
The Indiana Legislature did, this past April, legalize the use of cannabidiol, or CBD oil, for patients with epilepsy who don’t have other sufficient treatment options. Cannabidiol contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and therefore does not produce a “high” for the user.
As far as medical…