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Doctor, Storeowner Approve of Indiana’s New CBD Oil Law

March 26, 2018
A view of the Indiana State Capitol Building in Indianapolis (stock photo)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some doctors and storeowners are happy Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed a bill allowing for the widespread use of cannabis-derived oil after nearly a year of legal confusion.

Commonly known as CBD, cannabidiol comes from marijuana and hemp. Doctors said CBD has therapeutic benefits with little to no THC, the compound causing the high usually associated with marijuana use.

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Dr. Gary Gettelfinger said he’s thrilled with the new law and has about 400 patients using CBD oil for pain management.

“The fact of the matter is, (CBD) is working, and nothing good ever came without a fight,” said Gettelfinger, who practices out of the IU Health Pain Center in Bloomington.

Lawmakers heard about the misconceptions and benefits of CBD from Dr. Matt Andry, of Andry Medical Services. About 200 of his patients have quit or reduced their use of opiates or other painkillers since starting CBD oil, he said.

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“I told (lawmakers) CBD is not a slippery slope to marijuana; it’s an exit ramp,” Andry said.

The owners of recently opened Pure Dream said their hemp-based products store has sold out of most of its items. Many people came into the store seeking more information about CBD, said Tina Aumsbaugh, a co-owner of the store.

“Mainly they’ve done research, or someone’s told them, or they’ve seen somewhere that CBDs can help, or their doctor may have mentioned it. But they didn’t know where or how to get it, or what to look for,” Aumsbaugh said.

The legal uncertainty began when state’s Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an opinion that purchasing CBD is illegal despite an April law allowing its use for epilepsy treatment. Holcomb issued a 60-day moratorium shortly after Hill’s letter in November.

The new law allows for the continued distribution of low THC hemp extract until it takes effect July 1, which is when new labeling requirements will officially be in place.

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  • k nevius

    I am confused, it appears as though Indiana spent a lot of time and money on unnecessary political rambling, as CBD oil with the low THC component discussed in the article has been legal in all 50 states for a long time

    It appears as though the most important question in the United States is not whether or not CBD oil needs to be approved by the states(it already is) it’s whether or not our representatives have been educated appropriately on regulations that already exist, this will hopefully save time for those patients who so dearly need to treatment and reduce unnecessary legislative cost for taxpayers who are tired of unnecessary waste

  • Finally, a wise decision!