The Indiana Senate has recently received Senate Bill No. 15 submitted by Republican Senators Blake Doriot and James Tomes. The initiative contains a request to create a hemp oil registry. This pilot registry will allow caregivers, physicians, and individuals to possess and use hemp oil for use in research and treatment of intractable epileptic seizures.
Previously, the Indiana House had passed an initiative allowing the state to sell CBD oil, but Senator Jean Leising blocked the legislation. In contrast to the previous initiative, Bill No. 15 mentions epilepsy as the only condition that would be addressed and monitored. According to Doriot, the bill offers to maintain a state register that could control the use of marijuana for treating patients with seizure disorders.
Senate Bill No. 15 contains a request to create an online register that will be accessible by law enforcement agencies; this way they will be able to verify the registration of a caregiver or an individual and exempt them from legal prosecution.
To be eligible for participation in the pilot project, patients should live in the state, be at least 18 years old, and have a recommendation from a physician. After paying the registration fee, an individual will be included on the register for a year. A caregiver should provide relevant information and also pay the registration fee to be registered for one year. A physician should submit an application with the pilot study and wait until its certification by the state.
Senator Doriot understands that people with epilepsy need hemp oil, as he has personal experience with his son who has this disease.
In addition, Brian Bennett and his wife pleaded with the legislators for legalizing hemp oil in Indiana. They decided to give hemp oil to their 8-year-old son, who experienced up to 200 epileptic seizures per day before using CBD oil. Now, the Bennetts have to travel to another state to buy hemp oil for treatment.
Moreover, there is scientific evidence showing that CBD is potentially beneficial for patients with epilepsy. At the 2016 American Epilepsy Society’s 70th Annual Meeting, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham presented eleven studies showing that hemp oil helped two-thirds of patients reduce the frequency and severity of their epileptic seizures by more than 50%.
The Senators hope that these study findings will help change Senator Doriot's attitude towards hemp oil use for treating intractable forms of epilepsy.