Wisconsin Assembly passes Bill to possess ‘CBD Oil’

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on March 14, 2017.

The Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would allow possessing CBD oil¸ a marijuana extract used to treat seizures and other medical conditions, with a doctor's approval.

On Tuesday, the Assembly unanimously voted 98-0 to legalize possession of cannibidioid (CBD) oil. The oil is a marijuana extract but it does not produce a high.

State Representative Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa), who authored the bill with Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, said that the measure provides hope to families of children suffering from seizure disorders.

“We can have doctors and patients make the decisions from themselves on treatments that are highly effective,” Krug said. “That’s the biggest goal of the CBD oil bill – to make sure patients and doctors have that opportunity.”

The measure would allow possession of CBD oil as long as a doctor has certified it is being used for a qualified medical condition. However, patients could still face some problems accessing the drug though, since Wisconsin does not legalize the sale of it in the state and they would have to bring it across state lines.

More importantly, the state has to face many of the federal hurdles as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency currently classifies CBD oil as a Schedule 1 drug. It would also require to follow a suit within 30 days if the federal government were to reclassify CBD oil.

The Legislature passed a similar bill in 2014, but it didn't go far enough to make the oil accessible. That led to renewed lobbying by parents still unable to legally obtain the treatment for their children, many of whom suffer from epilepsy.

The bill now heads to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for his signature.

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