Indianapolis, IN – Dozens of Indiana businesses that sell products with CBD oil in them can breathe a little easier.
The Indiana Tobacco and Alcohol Commission (TAC) and its enforcement agency, the Indiana State Excise Police, have dismissed cases filed against the stores for selling CBD oil. The state will also dismiss threatened fines against those businesses and return tens of thousands of dollars worth of CBD oil products seized during surprise raids last spring, according to a report from WTHR.
The news comes just days after Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a law that allows the sale of CBD oil in Indiana.
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a a phytocannabinoid derived from marijuana and hemp and is believed to have therapeutic benefits, but it does not get users high.
Gov. Holcomb signed the bill Wednesday. He told the press the bill provides much needed clarity with labeling requirements, and with limiting to 0.3% the amount of THC, cannabis’ psychoactive component, allowed in CBD products. The new law takes effect July 1.
The Indiana Excise police will return CBD products that were seized and have been sitting in an evidence room. The announcement comes as welcome news to local stores, which could have lost thousands of dollars each if the state had proceeded with its enforcement.
There has been much confusion over the sale of products with CBD oil in them in Indiana. As WholeFoods Magazine reported in December, the state Attorney General (AG) Curtis Hill declared that CBD oil was illegal to sell or own in the state. Explaining his reasoning Hill wrote in his advisory opinion, “Simply put, cannabidiol is a schedule 1 controlled substance because marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance. Although it is a relatively new phenomenon, after thoroughly tracking the language of the Indiana law defining ‘marijuana’ it is evident that cannabidiol is now and historically has been derived from ‘a part of the plant genus cannabis.’”
Last year Gov. Holcomb passed a bill that created a registry for epileptic patients who choose to use CBD oil to combat seizures, but confusion over the bill remained.
Just this week U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell proposed a bill to legalize hemp in his home state of Kentucky.