Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

By Christina Ramey 

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the Senate on Thursday.

House Bill 1148, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would make the use of CBD oil legal for the treatment of specific forms of epilepsy that don’t respond to traditional treatments and medications.

The bill has gone through changes since it was first presented in February by author Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, who authored the bill.

“We’ve defined CBD by its molecular compound, which is different, and we’ve done that because it’s very specific, not open to interpretation, not open to spin. There are no loopholes there,” Head said.

This change is to allow products that are already available and have CBD oil in them to remain legal.

Lawmakers also removed the provision providing immunity to health care providers who recommend CBD oil because it is not a prescription. Instead the physician must notify the state board of health that the patient is eligible for CBD oil. Then the patient can register with the state.

Another change in the bill is that anyone, not only children, who suffers from treatment-resistant epilepsy can register to use CBD oil.

Head said lawmakers worked with law enforcement to ensure cannabidiol can only be used by patients who truly need it.

“We’ve gotten the language so specific that I don’t think anyone could use recreational marijuana and claim they’re treating epilepsy under this law,” Head said.

However, some legislators are concerned about the possible consequences of legalizing CBD oil.

“I think that despite safe guards that have been put in place, I still have concerns this is laying a pathway to legalizing marijuana,” Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, said.

Head disagreed, saying he didn’t work on the bill with the intention of legalizing marijuana.

HB 1148 passed the Senate with a 36-13 vote. The House still has to vote on it before the bill can move to the governor for his final decision.

Christina Ramey is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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One Response to Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

  1. Here’s something funny…
    Hemp products – including CBD – are completely legal in all 50 states, but only if they’re imported or from Kentucky, that’s how asinine our government is with regard to hemp. The FDA is colluding with pharmaceutical companies, banks, the insurance industry, and now “unethical hemp companies” to try a magnanimous power grab at CBD and hand it to pharma or the aforementioned companies, where it’s synthesized or polluted with neurotoxins like propylene glycol, or gastrointestinal destroyers like sucralose (Splenda). Read about this scam in PainBomb’s response to the FDA Warning Letter at (See FDA’s Threat To You). They’re using “Operation Choke Point” to close bank accounts of legitimate CBD companies like ours, and all we’re trying to do is help people with clean, natural products that don’t come with death, anal leakage, dementia, etc. as side-effects. These adulterated products are being targeted toward infants with epilepsy, which I find unconscionable.
    Another thing… These so-called, “state laws” that are giving us “permission” to consume and use CBD products are ludicrous, especially considering the nationwide legality. These are misleading pieces of legislation written by lobbyists of the aforementioned industries, designed to confuse people into thinking that they cannot access CBD unless it’s prescribed by a doctor that likely knows less about it than they do! All of these issues are superb grounds for a massive class-action lawsuit against the FDA.
    Support small businesses that operate with integrity and care, not pharma’s death-machine. We have PainBomb+CBD and Cannabidiol at 77.7% and 44%.
    DO NOT BUY CBD ISOLATES (synthetics), their health benefits are not comparable to cannabidiol oil high in CBD:
    Synthetic THC has killed 193 people, 7% of those who took it!!!