INDIANAPOLIS — When the Indiana Legislature allowed a Senate committee to hear testimony on a medical marijuana-related bill, some proponents saw a glimmer of hope.

The measure would create a pilot program allowing some epileptic children to be treated with “hemp oil” derived from cannabis plants.

It’s a far cry from a comprehensive medical marijuana program — such oil doesn’t contain enough THC to get a person high — but to supporters, it marked a significant shift after years of medical marijuana-related bills dying in the Senate without a hearing.

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