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  1. Ron Strider

    Indiana AG Says High Hopes Of First Church Of Cannabis Are Unsupported By State Law

    Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a legal document Friday asking the Marion Superior Court to grant a final judgment in the state's favor in regards to a lawsuit filed by a pot-smoking church. The First Church of Cannabis filed the lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis and the...
  2. Ron Strider

    Indiana Attorney General Declares War On CBD

    In what has become ground zero in the battle for CBD legitimacy, the Indiana state attorney general issued an opinion declaring that CBD is not a legal ingredient and could be seized by state authorities at any time. The state recently has seen local authorities seize hemp oil extract...
  3. Ron Strider

    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams Supports Studying Medical Marijuana

    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said medical marijuana should be studied and treated like other pain relief drugs but said he could not favor legalizing its recreational use. "Under medical marijuana, I believe it should be like any other drug," Adams said Friday in Indianapolis. "We need...
  4. Ron Strider

    IN: Governor Gives 60-Day Warning Window To CBD Retailers

    Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement Tuesday that Indiana retailers who sell cannabidiol, or CBD, products would get a 60-day window to continue selling the substance without confiscation or legal trouble. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, THC for short and the main psychoactive chemical in...
  5. Ron Strider

    Industrial Hemp Promoted As Emerging Indiana Industry For 2018

    The Indiana Hemp Industries Association wants to make industrial hemp a billion-dollar industry over the next two years, but its greatest obstacle may be overcoming stigma. The association announced its legislative priorities for 2018 at the statehouse Monday. Executive Director of the...
  6. Ron Strider

    Why Some People Think Medical Marijuana Is A Key To Ending The Opioid Epidemic

    Medical marijuana advocates are responding to Gov. Eric Holcomb and other weed critics in Indiana by taking their fight to the public. On Friday morning, drivers heading east towards Indianapolis on I-70 may have noticed a new billboard above their heads, promoting marijuana as the solution...
  7. Ron Strider

    IN: What Some Veterans Want This Veterans Day - Medical Marijuana

    It's Veterans Day. Banks are closed. People don't receive their mail. And military veterans have myriad options to eat free at restaurants as a thank you for their service. But the American Legion, a major organization of 2.4 million veterans, wants those who served to have access to something...
  8. Ron Strider

    How Indiana Feels About Legalizing Marijuana

    Always a hot topic, the prospect of legalizing marijuana in Indiana -- whether for medical use or to curb opioid addictions -- has picked up steam, whether on one side or another. Here are just a few local organizations or prominent Indiana figures who have recently weighed in on the state...
  9. Ron Strider

    Indiana State Rep Tours Bufffalo Grove Medical Cannabis Dispensary

    Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas will tour the PDI Medical cannabis dispensary at 1623 Barclay Blvd. in Buffalo Grove on Nov. 16 as part of a fact-finding trip by the chief sponsor of that state's proposed medical cannabis legislation. He is the guest of the Illinois Department of Financial and...
  10. Ron Strider

    IN: Medical Marijuana Advocates Call Legalization A Moral And Nonpartisan Issue

    For a group of medical cannabis advocates, Saturday was about educating the public so they could, in turn, educate their state lawmakers. At the Indiana Medical Cannabis Town Hall Meeting, lawmakers, professors, veterans and other medical marijuana advocates came together at the Indiana...
  11. Ron Strider

    IN: Lawmakers Plan To Introduce Medical Marijuana Legislation

    At least two legislative bills will be introduced in support of legalizing medical marijuana to treat Hoosier patients, two legislators told a gathering of 100 people at a town hall on Saturday. "These are ordinary Hoosiers who are in a lot of pain and suffering who want the opportunity to...
  12. Ron Strider

    GOP Indiana Lawmaker Proposes Medical Marijuana Legalization

    Indiana Republican State Rep. Jim Lucas is backing medical marijuana as an alternative method to curb the state's opioid epidemic. Lucas says medical marijuana could provide people an alternative to addictive opioids, and he combats claims that it is a gateway drug. "When you look at the...
  13. Ron Strider

    Indiana Excise Police Claim It's Illegal, Local Store Sells CBD Hemp Oil Anyway

    It's back! CBD capsules, oils and creams are once again being sold at Georgetown Market. The small natural grocer on the city's northwest side is trying to send a loud message. "We need to make a stand to let people know that we believe that CBD should be available in all 50 states," said...
  14. Ron Strider

    IN: CBD Oil Law Clarification Needed After Product Seizure At Grocery Store

    When state lawmakers passed HEA 1148 in this year's General Assembly session, the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, in Indiana didn't exactly become legal – but its possession was no longer a crime for certain individuals. "The bill doesn't address the legalization of any substance," says Rep...
  15. Ron Strider

    IN: Advocates Seeding Industrial Hemp Market

    More than 50 Hoosiers met to celebrate the eighth annual Hemp History Week and discuss ways to advocate for the legalization of hemp farming in Indiana. Right now, industrial hemp can be grown in Indiana for research purposes by organizations such as Purdue University. Members of the...
  16. Ron Strider

    IN: Attorney General Wrong About Marijuana

    Thirty states now regulate marijuana's therapeutic use, and eight states and Washington, D.C., authorize its use and sale to all adults. Here in Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb just signed legislation that for the first time permits patients’ access to cannabis-derived oils for those suffering from...
  17. Ron Strider

    IN: Medical Marijuana Town Hall Held In Goshen

    On Sunday a group of people came together in Goshen to learn more about medical marijuana. They are proponents of Indiana doing more to make the drug available in the state. There are multiple bills in the Indiana statehouse right now that deal with medical marijuana. Indiana's Attorney...
  18. Ron Strider

    IN: Controversial Plant Helping Family Heal

    One Kentucky family thought they had reached a dead end. Doctors said there was no medicine that could treat their young son, Eli Wooton, of his severe epilepsy until they learned of the healing powers of one controversial plant. "I would just go over to the bed side and all I could do is...
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    Indiana Medical Marijuana Backers Take Hope In Bill Hearing

    Indianapolis – When the Indiana Legislature allowed a Senate committee to hear testimony on a medical marijuana-related bill, some proponents saw a glimmer of hope. The measure would create a pilot program allowing some epileptic children to be treated with "hemp oil" derived from cannabis...
  20. K

    IN: Veteran Leads Charge For Medical Marijuana

    Jeff Staker spent 11 years in the Marines as a sniper. He served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. He's a 51-year-old father of five and grandfather of five who quotes Sun-Tzu's "The Art of War." And he's a leading advocate for medical marijuana in Indiana. For six...
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