Wisconsin made marijuana headlines on Tuesday when the state Assembly voted to pass a bill that would legalize CBD oil, a cannabis based extract that only contains trace amounts of THC which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. This means the oil is able to be used for all its medicinal purposes without making you high. The oil is made from cannabidiol which is a cannabinoid found in marijuana. Its medicinal benefits have been extremely well documented and its most commonly known benefit is its ability to stop seizures. Thousands of children around the country suffer from debilitating seizures, sometimes hundreds of times a day. CBD oil will stop the seizures as well as reduce pain and inflammation associated with a host of other conditions.
Staying Open to Medical Benefits of CBD Oil
Lawmakers in Wisconsin have been trying to get medical marijuana legalized in Wisconsin for some time now. In 2014, a CBD oil measure was passed, but it did not allow accessibility to the oil. Last year, another bill was blocked due to concerns from a few lawmakers that the legalization of the oil would lead to the full legalization of marijuana in general. Despite the concerns, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters in February, “I’m not an expert on medical marijuana, but I certainly have no problem with saying, ‘If you have a sincere medical need and your doctor prescribes it and it’s done under the normal process of any other opiate, I would be open to that.’” His sentiment seems to be echoed by the other Wisconsin lawmakers as the bill passed 98-0 on Tuesday.
Looking Toward a Future with CBD Oil
Unfortunately, the bill is passing too late for many families with children who suffer from seizures but, looking towards the future, families will now be allowed to possess the oil in the state and many lives can now be saved. “As we move forward with the CBD issues in the state of Wisconsin, for me, it’s bittersweet because we’ve seen hundreds of families come through and talk to us about the need for a bill that works and is effective and now we’re able to deliver,” said Rep. Scott Krug, who was the co-author of the bill.
Conflicts with Federal Law
The measure allows families to possess CBD oil, which still means they will have to purchase the oil via mail or by physically going to another state. This goes directly against federal law since marijuana itself and its extracts, including CBD oil, are still considered a Schedule I drug. This puts it on par with heroin and LSD and labels it one of the highest risk and most dangerous drugs, having no medicinal benefit. 28 states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana and countless studies around the U.S. and the world have verified marijuana’s medicinal use. Unfortunately the DEA have refused to recognize this which places both industry professionals and users at risk of being arrested. Nonetheless, the federal government has not been interfering with state laws when it comes to marijuana for the last couple of years so the hopes are that this will continue on into the Trump administration.
The bill now goes to be signed by Gov. Scott Walker, who has already expressed support for the measure. This will officially pass the measure and allow families and patients to have access to the much needed medication.