Gov. Holcomb talks about CBD oil, medical marijuana

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb talks Dec. 7, 2017, at the Statehouse with 24-Hour News 8's David Williams. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Thursday, Gov. Eric Holcomb sat down to talk about some of this year’s hot topics.

One of those: If cannabidiol oil is legal and if Hoosiers can buy the CBD oil in stores.

“Yes.” Holcomb said. “And they will continue to be able to.”

In November, Indiana’s attorney general said cannabis-derived CBD oil is illegal except for patients of treatment-resistant epilepsy.

“I want to make it clear. We said over the next 60 days that we would be in education mode and making sure that people know who would be buying or selling, that CBD oil is legal in the state of Indiana with no THC content and will continue to be,” Holcomb said.

The conversation shifted to the controversial medical marijuana debate.

If it were put on the ballot, would he would you sign it into law?

“I’m not there,” Holcomb said. “I think the folks that would support that would be best served if they could get the support of the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). The FDA is the entity that approves drugs to improve our health. They have not.”

However, on its website, the FDA has said it does not object to the clinical investigation of marijuana for medical use.

Holcomb said, “I’m not against studying the positive effects that may come from it. But I’m not supportive of this hodgepodge state-by-state cash business that has a ripple effect into society at large.”

State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, is working on medical marijuana legislation.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Association is strongly opposed to marijuana in any form.

Holcomb said, “In terms of medical or recreational, I am not for legalizing or decriminalizing. The folks that are just only focused on the medical benefits that may come from it , let’s convince the FDA to make this not just a cash business and a state-by-state hodgepodge.”

The governor said the General Assembly will have the opportunity to look over existing CBD oil laws and labeling requirements.