Limited medical program expanded; in-state access still lacking


Last update: May 8, 2017


Medical marijuana legislation


In February 2017, Sen. John Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor introduced S 38/A 75, which would create a state-regulated program allowing access to medical cannabis for patients with serious medical conditions and their doctors’ recommendations. Meanwhile, two other proposals — SJR 10/ AJR 7 — would call for an advisory referendum on whether Wisconsin should create a medical marijuana program. Unfortunately, no action has been taken since the bills were referred to committee.

However, there has been modest progress on improving Wisconsin’s CBD-focused medical cannabis law. On April 17, 2017, Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 4, which expands the state’s existing limited medical cannabis law, Lydia’s law, enacted in 2014. The original law allowed patients with documentation of a seizure disorder to possess CBD treatments, but it did not legalize the production of CBD products in the state. Act 4 expands the program to protect all patients who possess CBD and have a letter from their physician. Unfortunately, it remains illegal to produce or distribute CBD products. Sen. Chris Larson and Rep. Jimmy P. Anderson introduced legislation (S 104/A 158) that would allow state-licensed businesses to produce and dispense CBD treatment products.

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