A bill authored by State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) to create a state medical marijuana program had initially been thought moribund, with many in state government still opposed to the prescription and use of cannabis for medical purposes.
Then state Sen. Jean Leising (R), who also chairs the state’s Senate Agriculture Committee, submitted a smaller bill that would protect from prosecution those doctors conducting legal trials on the effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD) oil in treating seizures in children.
Leising’s Senate Bill 72 was described by Errington as a “good step.”
“Maybe these little pilots, if her bill passes, that could be a good step,”
Errington said. However, she maintains that medical marijuana can offer treatments far beyond that of addressing seizures.
“I think it’s just a first step, because there are a lot of other conditions that could be helped. I mean the pain of cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s, PTSD. Veterans organizations have really come out strong for their medical marijuana bill because of the implications for treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder),” she continued.
CBD oil’s therapeutic effect has been gaining interest in the scientific and political communities in recent years. The jump in activity surrounding the drug is partially attributable to a National Geographic documentary, titled “Cannabis for Kids,” in which the parents of sick children turned to medical marijuana out of desperation.
While experts report that singled cannabinoid therapies like CBD oil treatments do not work as well for most patients as whole plant therapy options because of the entourage effect, and states that have enacted CBD-only laws are often scrutinized, approving a measure like SB 72 would be a progressive step for the Hoosier State.