Law Changes Cause High CBD Oil Demand for Indiana Stores
The rush to legalize marijuana and its byproducts in many states have caused conflicting and confusing responses from officialdom. In some states, it's legal to smoke pot but not carry more than a tiny amount. In other states, you can carry, but you can't smoke in public. In still, other states individual towns have outlawed the sale and distribution of weed and its byproducts even though state law says possession, use, and sale are no longer crimes. Indiana is an example of how conservative lawmakers are attempting to stem (so to speak) the tide of weed legalization by clamping down now before it’s too late.
The Confusing Case of Cannabidiol
Last month Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill declared that the sale and distribution of cannabidiol (CBD oil) or other products containing THC is illegal. His decision touched off a rush on stores that sell the pot derivative because Hill gave those stores until the end of January to comply and remove the products that contain THC from their shelves. Hill did allow for one exception to the ban, and that is any epileptics who register with the state will be allowed to purchase and use CBD oil.
The 0.3% Controversy
There are many cannabidiol advocates that claim any CBD oil containing less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, should be legal since that’s not potent enough to create swarms of stoners wandering the streets with terminal cases of the munchies. But Hill was clear in his directive: the sale of any products that contain THC is illegal in Indiana and must stop by the end of January or sellers face charges of illegal drug distribution.
That directive doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for pot advocates to work with but that doesn’t mean they don’t try to find the grey area in Hill’s black and white pronouncement.
What’s the Attraction of Cannabidiol Anyway?
So why is it that so many people are up in arms about Hill's declaration that all THC containing products are illegal? Well, first of all, it's because lots of people like to get high. And not having easy access to CBD oil will make it harder to do that. But there’s a non-stoner argument as well.
As we mentioned, Hill allowed for a single exception to his rule, and that is that anyone who can produce a medical diagnosis of epilepsy and is willing to register with the state will be allowed to purchase and use CBD oil. This exception was made because there is enough compelling medical evidence that CBD oil can actually help those afflicted with this odious malady enjoy a more normal life. Others, while happy that epileptics are being allowed to retain access to a potentially beneficial medication, are unhappy because the ruling doesn’t allow for the use of cannabidiol products by others who they say could also benefit. That includes people who suffer from chronic pain and those afflicted with eating disorders like anorexia.
A Disingenuous Argument
But while well-intentioned folks debate whether products like CBD oil that contain THC should be made available to more people with debilitating medical conditions the January 31 deadline inches ever closer with each passing day. As such, many stores that sold CBD oil have had their shelves cleared by people trying to stock up before the deadline arrives. Some stores have back orders for entire shipments meaning that when their next shipment of CBD oil arrives, it's going straight out the door without any product actually reaching the shelves.
Some store owners swear that you can’t get high from cannabidiol and that most everyone stocking up before the deadline hits are doing so for medical reasons. However, while it’s undoubtedly the case that some people who derive medical benefits are indeed stocking up while the stocking up is good, the notion that you can’t get a healthy buzz from cannabidiol that's blended with THC is more than a little disingenuous. In response, some store owners swear that what they're selling is not mixed with THC, but there's no way to easily verify this claim.
The fact is that when blended with THC CBD oil is perfectly capable of getting the user high as a kite. In light of this fact, some point to the 0.3% THC level in CBD oil as the cutoff between the ability of CBD oil to get a person high and for them to merely experience a reduction in pain or anxiety. But the fact is if there’s any THC present in the CBD oil someone will find a way to get a buzz from it.
So there is more hair-splitting going on from the pro-cannabidiol camp than occurs at a popular barber shop. And anyone who thinks the only people using CBD oil are those suffering from debilitating medical conditions is viewing the situation through the filter of their agenda, or they’re just hopelessly naive. It seems clear too that the obfuscation approach has only emboldened the anti cannabidiol forces who would probably have a harder time defending their position if people just came out and said: "we're not hurting anyone by copping a buzz so leave us alone." That's a clear argument the average person can understand and appreciate.
A Deadline is a Deadline and One is Looming in Indiana
For now, though the debate about legalization will need to be put on the back burner as the January 31 deadline approaches. Store owners are uncertain just how rigorous the state will be when it comes to enforcing the new directive. Could they be arrested and face drug trafficking charges should they continue to offer CBD oil for sale, even if there is no THC blended in and it’s only sold to people with known medical conditions? It will be interesting to see how the situation develops as only time will tell if the AG was simply trying to score some political points with his hardline stance or if he means it.