A CBD oil bill has cleared the Wisconsin state senate, but for now, the legislation would only make it legal for people to possess the marijuana extract without fear of state or local prosecution. Officials were quick to note that the bill does not legalize marijuana for recreational or medical purposes, nor allow for CBD oil to be manufactured in Wisconsin.
Parents of children who suffer from seizures claim cannabidiol oil – which does not produce the same high as marijuana – can ease symptoms. Under the proposed law, a person can possess the oil without a prescription provided they have a Wisconsin doctor’s certification. The bill is meant to fix “Lydia’s Law,” a law that, unfortunately, has not worked as intended, as families remain unable to access the oil.
A GOOD START
While it’s assumed the bill will pass in the Wisconsin Assembly, critics say there are still a number of flaws in how it’s crafted. Current CBD laws limit the number of patients who can legally benefit from medical marijuana, and they don’t create a legal way for patients to access the substance once a doctor approves it for them. It’s important to note that the current bill would not allow production or sale of CBD oil in Wisconsin. Since importing across state lines is illegal on a federal level, caregivers and patients will still be taking a risk to obtain it.
One Democratic senator, Chris Larson, tried to have the bill amended to allow production of CBD oil in-state, but Republican members were opposed. Some critics do agree that, while the bill does not go as far as it needs to, it’s a good start, as it gives both parents and patients the comfort of knowing that some of the risk associated with CBD treatment has been removed.
The author of the legislation, Republican Senator Van Wanggaard, said he was thrilled to give hope to Wisconsin families. He believes that not only is the bill “the compassionate thing to do, it is the right thing to do.” His hope is that parents who use CBD to treat their children will feel a sense of relief knowing they do not have to risk arrest or time in jail as they try to lessen the suffering of their children’s lives. The bill next goes to the State Assembly, with a vote expected sometime in March.