Stores in central Indiana selling oils derived from the cannabis plant are seeing a spike in sales. The increase comes after the state’s attorney general declared cannibidiol, or CBD, illegal with one limited exception.
Hill says only people with epilepsy who are on a new state registry can legally possess CBD products.
Kokomo business owner Joan Johnson says the announcement created a panic and people are buying more products containing CBD as a result. She says she plans to continue selling those products, at least until new legislation is passed.
“We’ve had this, we will continue to have it as long as possible depending on how they decide to create the wording for it,” Johnson says.
Johnson says her store encourages using plants and natural products to provide some relief from a variety of medical issues, and products containing CBD fit that bill.
“That’s what we do here,” Johnson says. “And I feel like this is just another option for people that should be available.”
Another Kokomo business owner, Mike Wilson, says there’s confusion about whether CBD products contain THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Some store owners say oils with 0.3 percent THC or less should be considered legal. Customers often use the oils to treat pain and stress.
Gov. Eric Holcomb directed stores on Nov. 28 to pull products containing THC within 60 days.
Taylor Haggerty contributed to this report.