Senate Republicans made a bait-and-switch move to replace cannabidiol (CBD) oil legislation meant to assist sick individuals with language to expand the accessibility of firearms.

House Bill 1214, which originally would have allowed ailing Hoosiers to use CBD oil to treat pain, seizures, PTSD, Alzheimer’s Disease and other medical problems was stripped of its language by Republicans at the end of the legislative session and turned into a bill that would have removed license fees, allowed for looser restrictions on gun licenses and for Hoosiers to bring guns into houses of worship.

“This move by the supermajority to circumvent the public legislative process endangers our democracy, and cuts the people we’re supposed to be working for completely out of the debate,” State Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) said. “Bait-and-switch moves like this one that take place in the final days of session in conference committees omit the opportunity for amendments and input on legislation that will affect the lives of Hoosiers.”

The conference committee failed to release a report for the bill, killing it on the final day of session.

“I’m pleased that my Republican colleagues realized the risk of sneaking through broader access to guns, cloaked within a bill designed to treat people in need,” Sen. Niezgodski said. “At a time when our country is facing extreme gun violence, especially in our schools, sneaking through broader access to guns is absolutely the wrong thing to do. People in Indiana want and deserve a full debate on common sense gun policies supported by Americans.”