Republicans Standing Down On CBD Oil In Wisconsin

Republicans Standing Down On CBD Oil In Wisconsin

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A bill to legalize medical use of CBD oil in Wisconsin has a good chance of passing now that a Republican State Senator is softening their stance on the substance. Last session, a similar bill was passed by the state Assembly but was then killed in the Senate when three Republican lawmakers expressed their concerns that a narrow CBD allowance would pave the way for a greater medical marijuana program in the state.

But perhaps 2016’s Republican victory has softened the hearts of lower-level elected officials in the party. One of the three Senators who took a hard line against CBD last session, Leah Vukmir of Brookfield, said last week through a spokeswoman that she would now support a revised version of the bill, as reported by the Associated Press.

Senator Mary Lazich, another CBD oil-critic, did not seek re-election and lost her seat since the previous bill. The third remaining 420-unfriendly Republican Senator, Duey Stroebel (Saukville), has not commented on whether he’s melted from inflexible shatter to a gooey wax on the issue.

Still, the new CBD oil bill’s sponsor, Senator Van Wanggaard (also Republican, Racine), is confident that he’ll have the votes to carry the measure later this month. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, another bill supporter, was more cautious in his optimism, telling the AP, “I don’t want to just have another situation where we pass the bill and then it dies. We want to help any child who has a problem have another potential treatment.”

Wisconsin currently has a little-used CBD oil law that helps virtually no one. It allows for the oil to be administered to a patient, but only as part of a medical trial. The new bill would greatly expand the permissiveness of CBD oil to allow parents to acquire the oil for their children, provided they get a doctor’s certificate.

The only hitch is that in Wisconsin, as in many states, all the doctor’s certificates in the world won’t help you get CBD oil, since there is no place in the state that can legally distribute the oil. That means that Wisconsinites would have to go to one of their neighboring states with an MMJ program. Minnesota’s program is basically useless and serves only 1,500 patients total. Illinois serves roughly 4,000 patients.

So, a Wisconsin parent who needs CBD oil to treat their child’s epilepsy and wants to sort of stay within the law would need to go to a neighboring state, get one of only several thousand people who are legally obtaining CBD oil to illegally pass it along, and then commit a federal crime by taking it across state lines to their sick child. But still, they’ll be able to administer it to them without going to jail, so there’s that.

Photo via Flickr user Allen DeWitt

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