Family sues state agency over investigation of their use of CBD oil


HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (WTHR) - As the topic of CBD oil has been front and center in the Indiana Statehouse this session, one family is suing a state agency over an investigation of their use of the product.

Jaelah Jerger suffers from myoclonic seizures. Her mother, Lelah, helps provide for her care. The family treats Jaelah with cannabidiol, or CBD oil, and say a hospital staffer reported them to Child Protective Services over it.

The family says CBD oil is the only effective treatment for Jaelah's seizures and that other medications make her sick. Her mother said Jaelah has had no side effects to the oil.

Lelah asserts CPS violated the family's rights when they sought blood samples from Jaelah to prove she was taking a medication containing CBD.

The claim also says CPS stipulated to them a single medical facility where Jaelah could be treated.

Cannabidiol is derived from marijuana and hemp but doesn't create a high. A law passed last year allowed use of CBD oil, but only for people with a severe form of epilepsy.

Several bills aimed at legalizing CBD oil with a low THC percentage are being heard in this state legislative session.

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