Lawmakers and state leaders in Indiana gathered last week to debate the issue of medical marijuana – with both sides of the argument passionate on the topic.
A couple of serious attempts have been made to legalise medical marijuana in the state, with the most recent getting close to being pulled over the line in 2015.
The summer study committee held last Thursday had those for and against thrashing the issues out. Among the supporters was State Rep. Jim Lucas.
“Either we lead or get the hell out of the way, but this is something Indiana needs to take up, and I give you my word I am committed to making this happen,” said Mr. Lucas according to a WISHTV report on the proceedings.
Mr. Lucas’s web site states medical cannabis is one of his top priorities.
“Research from credible universities, scientists, and the dozens of other states have shown the multitude of benefits of this plant, but without many of the crippling side effects, toxicity or addictive qualities of many of the drugs being prescribed today,” it states.
Among those opposed to medical marijuana legislation is the Indiana State Medical Association, which reiterated its opposition at the event – however, it does support rigorous study of its use. Other reports state the study committee meeting ended without any clear consensus as to how to move forward.
There certainly appears to be plenty of support among Indiana’s residents. A 2016 poll indicated 73 percent supported the legalising of medical marijuana and just 25-percent opposed.
Medical cannabis has a messy history in Indiana. In April 2017, Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation into law allow the use of CBD oil for uncontrollable seizures associated with epilepsy. That law came into effect in July last year. But even CBD has faced major issues, resulting in a major cannabidiol crackdown last year after advice was provided declaring CBD to be a Schedule I substance.
Then in March this year, Governor Holcomb signed another bill allowing all Hoosiers who could benefit from CBD oil to be able to access it. CBD oil must be derived from Cannabis sativa L. that meets the definition of industrial hemp and contains not more than 0.3% THC, and no other controlled substances.
While the status of CBD has finally been clarified in Indiana, it appears the likelihood of other forms of medical cannabis being permitted in the state any time soon is uncertain as ever.