Doctor, store owner approve of Indiana cannabis oil law

Some doctors and store owners are happy Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed a bill allowing for the widespread use of cannabis-derived oil after nearly a year of legal confusion.

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018 1:37 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some doctors and store owners are happy Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed a bill allowing for the widespread use of cannabis-derived oil after nearly a year of legal confusion.

Commonly known as CBD, cannabidiol comes from marijuana and hemp. Doctors say CBD has therapeutic benefits with little to no THC, the compound causing a high.

Dr. Gary Gettelfinger practices out of the IU Health Pain Center in Bloomington. He says he's thrilled with the new law and has about 400 patients using CBD oil for pain management.

The owners of recently opened Pure Dream say their hemp-based products store has sold out of most of its items.

The legal uncertainty began when the state's attorney general said purchasing CBD is illegal despite an April law allowing its use for epilepsy treatment.

The new law takes effect July 1.

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