Indiana CBD – Indiana State’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission announced a moratorium on cannabidiol, or CBD, confiscations on August 12th. But police continue to cite stores–at least two since the declared moratorium–for potential violations for selling the product.
The continued citations are part of what looks like a history of police confusion about CBD and state legislation.
Lawmakers passed legislation in April allowing certain patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil as a treatment if it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. Police in Excise, Indiana, interpreted this as meaning that using CBD for other purposes was illegal, and started citing stores–authorities seized more than 3,000 products from 60 stores across the state. The issue is, previous legislation from 2014 removed industrial hemp products, like CBD, from controlled substance lists. CBD, as long as it didn’t contain THC, was already legal to purchase in the state.
CBD often inhabits a legal grey area; being derived from cannabis plants, it’s associated with the high and suffers from consistent misunderstandings. That said, the substance is one many find to be therapeutic, whether for more serious health issues or in lower doses as a supplement. Confusion over the law could lead to further stigma and confusion about the product.
State officials promised that confiscations would stop while they took the time to examine the law behind the issue: whether or not the new law changes the classification of Indiana CBD, or the previous law made it legal for the stores to continue selling the product. Previous citations were said to have been made erroneously and were withdrawn as a result. But shop owners are unconvinced and nervous about beginning to re-stock CBD, especially since citations seem to be continuing.
“We definitely feel like at any time the rug could be pulled back from under us,” said Jeff Shelton, owner of Happy Daze Smoke Shop, to the Cannabist. “Until they come out and give a definitive answer, we’re definitely going to feel on edge and worried they could come in and take the products.”