State Rep. Steven Johnson’s plan allowing people to use and possess CBD oil in Michigan has been approved by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Johnson said CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is not marijuana and a medical marijuana card should not be required to purchase, use or possess it in Michigan, as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) currently requires.
“CBD oil won’t get you high,” Johnson said. “It’s derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But LARA decided in May to start classifying it the same way they do marijuana, which contains 5 to 35 percent THC.”
Johnson said many people use CBD oil derived from hemp to treat pain, anxiety and depression, and to reduce the prevalence of epileptic seizures.
“So now all of the people who were using this medicine either have to stop – or go through the process of getting a medical marijuana card,” Johnson said. “Hemp is not marijuana, and that should be clearly reflected in our policies.”
Johnson’s legislation clarifies in Michigan law that CBD oil derived from hemp should not require a medical marijuana card to possess. The plan would also allow industrial hemp to be grown in Michigan.
The plan, laid out in House Bills 6330, 6331 and 6380, now moves to the Senate for consideration.