The state of Indiana is on the spot over the issuing of somewhat conflicting statements over the legality of Cannabidiol oil, CBD. Gov. Eric Holcomb threatened retailers with legal action if found with CBD oil after a grace period of 60 days. However, State Exercise Police circulated a memo in August to the effect that the use or sale of CBD and other products derived from industrial hemp is within the law. State police were thrown into the mix when they arrested a resident of Indiana, Mamadou Ndiaye, in August for the possession of CBD oil. They later charged him with possession of marijuana. Such is the CBD oil situation in Indiana: confusing.
Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and DEA are also entangled in the CBD oil debate. DCS was on the brink of separating a 20-month-old girl from her mother because the former used CBD oil to try and heal seizures that tormented the girl. However, DCS could not push further after the intervention of a state representative. Rusty Payne, DEA spokesman, earlier in the month was categorical that CBD oil is illegal. According to him, it is within the law to use CBD for research, but commercial use of the product is illegal. However, he seemed to contradict himself when he alluded that he, and by extension, the DEA, has no problem with people that use CBD oil for the supposed therapeutic effect.
Indiana residents are at the crossroads regarding the use or trading in CBD oil. Ben Rosman, PSI Labs co-founder, wonders why CBD oil will null traces of THC is outlawed.
While many manufacturers of Cannabidiol, CBD, oil are awash with claims that their hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all the states of the U.S, Gov. Eric Holcomb has issued a statement that indicates otherwise: he directed all retailers in the state to get rid of CBD oil in the next 60 days. Also, Gov. Holcomb instructed the Indiana State Excise Police to be on the lookout for CBD products with whatever traces of THC. The governer’s warning comes in the wake of an arrest related to the possession of CBD oil made by the state police in August.
Also, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) belongs to the same school of thought as Gov. Holcomb. The department hit the headlines recently when it threatened to separate a kid from his mother on the premise that the mother administered CBD oil to the child to suppress seizures. The department would make good its threat were it not for a state representative intervening.
But the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been categorical regarding the legality of CBD oil. In an interview earlier this month, Rusty Payne, the agency’s spokesman affirmed that CBD is only permitted within the context of research and that any other use is illegal. However, Payne suggested that the agency would not charge parents or guardians who use CBD oil to relieve their children of seizures or any other medical condition. In another twist, State Excise Police issued a memo in August directing its officers not to arrest anyone found in possession of products manufactured from industrial hemp.