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.