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Sens. Doriot and Tomes File Bill to Allow Use of CBD for Children With Epilepsy

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STATEHOUSE (Jan. 13, 2017) – State Sens. Blake Doriot (R-Syracuse) and Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently filed a bill that would allow cannabidiol (CBD) to be used as a treatment for children with epilepsy.

Senate Bill 15 would allow certain physicians, individuals and caregivers to use CBD oil to treat a child who is epileptic if the person administering the CBD oil is registered with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

SB 15 would require the ISDH to develop and maintain the registry. Those who obtain CBD oil to treat a child would be immune to criminal charges, as long as they were properly registered with the ISDH.

“This bill was first introduced three years ago in the Indiana General Assembly without moving forward,” Tomes said. “Passing this legislation is long overdue. Families are waiting entirely too long in search for something that can help their children cope with illness.”

Doriot echoed Tomes’s comments, saying it’s time for change.

“This bill hits close to home for me,” Doriot said. “I am passionate about helping those who suffer from illness get treatment that can help them.”

SB 15 will be heard during the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Senate Chamber.

More information on this bill can be found by clicking here


A high resolution photo of Doriot and Tomes can be found here.

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