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House approves bills to open up access to CBD oil

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Hoosiers are closer to being able to buy CBD oil for their medical needs as a result of actions in the Indiana House this week. On Wednesday, House members unanimously approved House Bill 1137, which makes clear that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are […]

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Medical marijuana goes to interim study committee

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana House unanimously passed a resolution that would have an interim legislative study committee take up the issue of medical marijuana. The committee, which would meet later next summer or fall, will explore whether there are medical benefits to the use of marijuana, which is currently classified as a Schedule […]

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Lunch shaming raises concern for lawmakers

By Seth Fleming and Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Amy Austin heard about children being lunch shamed and embarrassed at school when they didn’t have enough money in their lunch accounts, she created a discretionary fund to help them. The U. S. Department of Agriculture guidelines said no because regulations didn’t allow that. Austin appeared before […]

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House committee OKs military uniforms at high school graduation

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A state House committee passed legislation Tuesday that would allow high school students in the military to wear their dress uniforms to graduation in place of the traditional cap and gown. This bill stems from an incident at Crown Point High School where a student was not allowed to […]

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Drug commission echoes governor’s anti-marijuana position

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. The 11-3 vote, with two abstentions, was taken at the commission’s regular meeting, echoing Gov. Eric Holcomb’s opposition to legislative efforts to relax Indiana’s marijuana laws. “I think […]

Commentary: Someone told a funny

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Commentary: Someone told a funny

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No one milks a bad joke quite like Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas. The Seymour Republican with a love for guns that knows no bounds trotted out a stunt a few days ago. While he was appearing on “No Limits” – the radio show I host – he pointed to […]

Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

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Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – I hate writing about guns. No other issue in American life divides people so much. No other debate pushes us so far into our bunkers. I’m on the air, talking with outspoken gun advocate Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, Indiana University Law School Prof. Jody Madeira and Marian University […]

Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

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Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Bet you didn’t know guns were a cure for cancer. Or that they solve math problems faster than computers and calculators. Or that they are even better than a mother’s love. You would know – or at least believe – these things if you lived in the same part […]

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No ATV helmet could soon be a problem

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Underage ATV riders might want to start looking up the prices of helmets to wear. The governor will soon consider whether to sign House Bill 1200 into law. The legislation would require off-road vehicle drivers and passengers younger than 18 years old to wear helmets. “The Senate did make […]

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Committee amends overhaul to vaping regulations

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping Wednesday’s revisions to the overhaul of the state’s e-liquid rules will be enough to pass it through the House.  The Senate made the e-liquid bill a priority at the beginning of this legislative session, and its importance only increased after a ruling from the 7th Circuit […]

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