On Saturday afternoon, Scott Cooksey and those who had a personal connection to medical marijuana appeared to be in the majority at the Indianapolis Medical Cannabis Patients Rally. And that's where the gathering on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse differed somewhat from the 92-county tour that The Higher Fellowship and IndyCann are currently on, said Bobbie Young, founder of both organizations.
The tour legalizing medical cannabis is targeted at people who might not be familiar with the issue. The gatherings are meant to educate the general public, to encourage them to become involved and to vote, she said after the rally.
"Due to the severe callout, the patients constantly contacting us, today's rally was specifically for them, mainly to give them back their confidence, to let them know it's OK to support this issue and it's OK to stand up for it," Young said.
In April, Indiana passed a law that allows epilepsy patients who have struggled with prescription drugs to treat their condition with cannabidiol, or CBD, which is a nonpsychoactive substance in marijuana. The products must have less than 0.3 percent of THC, which is the compound that causes a high. After a raid on CBD products by Indiana Excise Police that abruptly ended earlier this year, lawmakers and law enforcement have been wrestling with how it can be distributed and sold.
Saturday's crowd wanted full legalization of medical marijuana, and advocates said they are continuing to work with lawmakers on the issue.