Cannabidiol products illegal in Indiana, affects Muncie businesses
With a recent statement from Indiana's attorney general, some local businesses that sell cannabidiol (CBD) products believe nothing has changed.
On Tuesday, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a statement it is illegal to sell CBD products in Indiana under state and federal law.
The Cup, a coffee shop in the Village, recently began to sell CBD products but said it is not concerned.
"I don't [have] a lot to say other than, nothing has changed and we are not concerned," said Kyle Raines, general manager of The Cup.
The issue has drawn attention from the public following law enforcement actions against stores that sell CBD products, Hill said.
"Any individual possessing a substance containing cannabidiol — or anything packaged as such — in plain view of a law enforcement officer is subject to having that property seized," Hill said. "Only upon showing that one meets the limited conditions under Indiana law could one expect to avoid being prosecuted under Indiana law."
House Bill 1148 made CBD products legal for treatment of epilepsy and requires the state health department to maintain a registry. However, Indiana State Excise Police began citing stores that sold the products despite the bill.
The Daily News reached out to Indiana Excise Police for a comment on how they would be enforcing the law; however, Excise Police declined to comment and referred the Daily News to Gov. Holcomb's statement.
Stephanie Wilson, the governor's press secretary, said Holcomb didn't issue a statement.
"Governor Holcomb has asked his legal team to review the opinion for potential impact on state agency operations," Wilson said in an email.