Cold Beer; Pets in Hot Cars Bills Both Heading For Indiana Governor’s Desk

Indianapolis (WEHT/NNDC) – Both the Indiana House and Senate passed a plan on Friday to close a cold beer loophole. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

The bill would allow convenience stores to keep their licenses to sell cold beer if they received them before November.

Meanwhile, another measure that passed the Indiana Statehouse Friday gives Hoosiers protections to rescue animals from hot cars.

The bill says someone can break a car window if an animal appears to be in distress. However, someone must have called 911 first.

Many lawmakers were concerned people may take an advantage of this law including theft.

Lawmakers also agreed the person who breaks the window could be forced to pay 50% of the cost of damage.

The bill now heads to the Governor Eric Holcomb to be possibly signed into law.

And a third bill headed for the governor is the state’s first ever medicinal cannabis bill, possibly paving the way for people with epilepsy to find relief.

The measure passed the Indiana Statehouse with a unanimous vote in the House.

It would allow doctors to prescribe an oil extracted from hemp plants to people with treatment resistant epilepsy.

The CBD (Cannabidiol) oil cannot get people high because it is not marijuana. But is has shown the ability to effectively stop seizures even in people who have hundreds a day.

CBD is considered to have a wide scope of potential medical applications – due to clinical reports showing the lack of side effects.

If Republican Governor Holcomb signs the bill into law, it would take effect in July.

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