Attorney general: Indiana law did not legalize CBD oil for all

Utah resident Doug Rice administers the CBD oil Haleigh's Hope, a cannabis compound used by his daughter Ashley at their home in West Jordan, Utah, on June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After months of confusion, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill decided Tuesday that cannabis-derived CBD oil is still illegal — with a few rare exceptions.

The decision deals a blow to local businesses that have been selling CBD oil products and their customers.

Samantha Youngblood, who owns an animal therapy center in Greenfield, said she called her lawyer asking what she should do with her shelf of CBD oil products.

“I don’t understand why it’s not legal,” Youngblood said. “It’s not marijuana.”

Youngblood stopped selling the products in the summer after Indiana State Police told her to stop.

Amid statewide confusion, her lawyer told her she could go back to selling it. She restocked about two months ago.

On Tuesday, she cleared her shelf again.

“It has been absolutely frustrating, especially for our customers because they were purchasing it and really using it for their dogs that have cancer and arthritis and stress and anxiety issues,” Youngblood said.

Hill said the statewide confusion over House Bill 1148 prompted his office to review and clarify the bill.

(House Bill) 1148 did not legalize CBD oil,” Hill said. “1148 does not provide blanket immunity for anyone possessing CBD oil. Not at all by any stretch.”

He said the bill legalizes CBD oil for patients of treatment-resistant epilepsy. Their caregiver can also possess it. They have to register with the state’s Department of Health.

Youngblood said she called Tuesday to cancel an order for more than $1,000 placed Monday for more CBD oil products.

“It’s something all natural that we want to be able to provide to our customers,” she said.

Indiana State Police said they’re still looking into what to do about businesses that were in possession of CBD oil before Tuesday’s decision.

State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, said he plans to introduce a new bill this session to legalize any CBD oil without the chemical THC. He also wants to legalize medical cannabis.