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Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:00 am

City legislator praises cannabidiol use

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Maybe Attorney General Curtis Hill wasn't listening.

Rep. Chris Judy, R-Fort Wayne, went to the House podium last week to endorse a bill that would legalize the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, by all Hoosiers. 

It is non-hallucinogenic and many claim it helps with anxiety, seizures and other pains.

Judy told the Indiana House that he has used CBD since last August for plantar fasciitis and it has helped immensely. At times he had trouble getting up in the morning without it.

Judy doesn't speak a lot in the House, and his history as a combat medic clearly gave impact to his speech.

The only problem is CBD is illegal in Indiana unless a person is on a registry and uses it for epileptic seizures.

House Speaker Brian Bosma joked after Judy's revelation that he would have to report to the second floor to the Capitol Police desk.

Hill has been pretty strict on the matter, and he recently sparred with a Democratic mayor at an event panel. That mayor said then that he gives CBD oil to his dog.

The attorney general pointed out the mayor – not his dog – was violating the law.

State Democrats push on Wynn

The Indiana Democratic Party wants to know when the state GOP is going to return thousands from Republican mega donor Steve Wynn.

And the answer is never – because it's already spent.

A recent Wall Street Journal article outlined allegations of serial sexual misconduct against casino mogul Wynn. He resigned as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee after the scandal broke. He gave $10,000 to the Indiana Republican Party in October 2016. Another $10,000 was given by Wynn's wife.

“Despite previously calling for politicians and political organizations to return donations from public figures tainted by sexual harassment, none of Indiana's GOP elected officials have called on the organization to return Wynn's money nor addressed the allegations against Wynn,” a news release from the Democratic Party said.

Pete Seat, spokesman for the Indiana Republican Party, said the donation came “well over a year ago and was spent in the election cycle in which it was intended to be spent.”

Tritch raises $101,000

Courtney Tritch raised $101,000 for her campaign during last year's fourth quarter, the most money collected in a quarter by a Democratic congressional candidate in northeast Indiana since 2010.

Tritch's haul was more than twice as much as eight Democratic candidates combined gathered during the 2012, '14 and '16 election cycles in the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District. Three of those candidates ran multiple times.

In filing her candidacy Friday with the Indiana secretary of state, Tritch became the third person to officially seek the Democratic Party's nomination to challenge first-term Republican Rep. Jim Banks in the November general election. She appears to be the only one of the Democrats raising money, as no rival for the nomination has filed campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.

Tritch's fourth quarter was the best financial performance by a Democratic candidate in the 3rd District since Tom Hayhurst raised about $115,000 during the fourth quarter of 2010. The last Democrat to represent the 3rd District was Jill Long Thompson, from 1989 through 1994.

“These numbers show a real appetite for change in Congress, and specifically in the 3rd District,” Tritch said in a statement about her fundraising. She said district voters are “ready to replace ideological extremism with economic pragmatism.”

Tritch's campaign began this year with about $140,000 in cash, according to her quarterly campaign finance report.

Banks' campaign reported raising more than $90,000 in the fourth quarter and started 2018 with more than $306,000 in cash. He is unopposed for the Republican Party's 3rd District nomination days away from the candidate filing deadline.

“In 2017, Congressman Banks focused on representing northeast Indiana well and passing legislation to create jobs, cut taxes and rebuild our military,” his campaign said. “As election season approaches, the Congressman will ensure he has the resources necessary to run for re-election and highlight the conservative agenda he has fought for in Congress.”

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