A bill that was designed to legalize CBD oil gets magically transformed into being a bill that lifts restrictions on gun ownership. To be sure, I’m in favor of lifting restrictions on gun ownership, but the method in which this bill came about only further illustrates the near-arbitrary nature, and authoritarian superiority complex, of the few who would presume to dictate to the many.
In this case, they abandoned liberating one aspect of human bondage (criminalizing the ingestion of a substance that not only does no harm to others, but actually provides therapeutic aid to the people that ingest it) to sneak in the liberation of another aspect of human bondage (criminalizing the possession and acquisition of tools of self-defense).
The bill was passed in both chambers of the Indiana legislature as a bill that legalized CBD oil. However, during the ‘reconciliation,’ the bill is now being transformed, AFTER the votes have already been cast, into a gun rights bill. The CBD oil bill has become a “vehicle” with which to more easily pass a law that might otherwise have more difficulty passing.
What’s revealing about this ‘vehicle’ is that the bill could have been simply added to, as often happens in the legislative process, rather than simply being entirely repurposed. It’s almost as if the legislators wanted to prevent the liberation of one aspect of human bondage they’d prefer to keep in bondage.
|Bill to legalize CBD oil in Indiana suddenly transformed into gun bill instead|
In late January, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 93-0 to pass HB 1214, a bill that would legalize CBD oil for thousands of Hoosiers who say they desperately need it to treat their pain, seizures, Alzheimer’s Disease and other medical problems.
It got plenty of support in the Senate, too, passing by a 3-to-1 margin. All it needs now is for a joint conference committee to work out some differences in the House and Senate versions of the bill, and then it’s off to the governor for his signature.
Or so we thought. But this in Indiana, and Indiana politics is full of surprises.
I caught up with the bill’s author Thursday afternoon and asked him, “Hey, what’s up with HB 1214?”
Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) rolled his eyes at me and shook his head. He looked like someone who knew something he didn’t want to know.
“It’s a veekel,” he said quietly.
“A veekel?” I replied, pretending to understand what I thought the veteran lawmaker had told me in the noisy hallway outside a busy committee room.
“Yes,” he said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with CBD oil. Nothing. Not anymore.”
At that moment, I realized what Friend had actually said: V-E-H-I-C-L-E. HB 1214 has been tagged by House leadership as a vehicle bill. The legislation that Friend carefully shepherded through multiple committee hearings and floor votes in the House and Senate to make CBD oil legal in the state of Indiana has lost its identity. It has lost its soul.