People afflicted with treatment-resistant epilepsy will now be able to receive cannabidiol (CBD) oil treatments in Indiana. Victory! However small this might be.

For over seven years, I have asked the Indiana General Assembly to look at medical marijuana issues. I have been denied at every turn, even so much as a study committee. The Prosecutor’s Association has fought us in every attempt and every level of government.

The step the legislature took this week is a small victory. It means that legislators are finally willing to discuss the issue, and that is the larger, more important victory on this issue.

We have so many people who might benefit from medicinal marijuana, people with muscular dystrophy, with crones’ disease, with various forms of cancer and other terminal diseases, if we would only allow it. We also have world-renowned medical research universities in this state. These facilities here could participate in research studies, if we would only allow it.

I will continue to push for further awareness of the benefits and the modernization of our extremely restrictive laws.  I thank all the people who have supported me in this uphill battle in Indiana.

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit

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