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Legislature Approves Marijuana-Derived Medicine

The oil cannot get patients high but contains compounds that studies suggest lessen the severity of seizures.

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Cannabidiol oil, commonly referred to as CBD, is derived from cannabis.

The Indiana Legislature has approved a bill that would allow people with certain types of epilepsy to use marijuana-derived oil as medicine.

The House approved the measure on a unanimous vote Friday. It cleared the Senate on a 36-13 vote Thursday.

The Legislature has long resisted efforts to allow the use of cannabidiol oil, commonly referred to as CBD. But that changed this year.

The oil cannot get patients high but contains compounds that studies suggest lessen the severity of seizures. Many parents of children who have treatment-resistant epilepsy have testified in support of it during hearings.

This week on Noon Edition, Bettyjo Bouchey, the mother of a child with epilepsy, felt the same.

“This is not handing a joint to your kid and saying smoke up, right? I use very clear layman’s terms there because there were some conversations that sounded like that in the early hearing of the Senate Bill 15” she said. “There were some conversations that sounded like that in the very early hearings of the Senate Bill 15, where was was sort of judgements, if you will, that there were parents wanted to give their kids pot, and this is absolutely, positively, not what this is about.”

The measure now goes to the desk of Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration. A Holcomb spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the governor will sign it.

 

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