History of CBD and Cannabis In – Wisconsin
CBD and cannabis have seen their fortunes change in amazingly rapid fashion. Both have gone from illegal in almost every circumstance to newly legalized in many places throughout the country. While much of the legalization of both marijuana and CBD continues to spread, it isn’t everywhere just yet.
According to the latest information, medical Marijuana is now legal in 33 states and Washington, D.C., while recreational marijuana has been legalized in another 11 states and Washington, D.C. While some state’s experience with medical marijuana, decriminalization, legalization and CBD legalization has been relatively straight-forward, others have not. Such is the case in Wisconsin, which has had a variety of movement in all of these areas, but yet to completely legalize marijuana or CBD.
Medical Marijuana in Wisconsin
Medical marijuana is not currently legal in Wisconsin. However, in 2014, the legislature did pass a law which allows for CBD to be prescribed for seizure disorders, although that law would only take effect when the FDA legalized CBD. Ultimately, the law had to be amended, which it was in 2017, and it was only with the passage of that amendment that CBD became available in Wisconsin for individuals who suffered from certain types of seizure disorders.
Decriminalization in Wisconsin
Decriminalization has yet to pass at the state level, and the Republican control of the legislature makes it extremely unlikely that this will happen in the near future. However, municipalities and counties in the state have passed decriminalization measures. This includes:
- Madison, which approved, via a ballot measure, allowing the possession of up to 112 grams of cannabis (in private) back in 1977, making it one of the first levels of government in the United States to decriminalize marijuana.
- Milwaukee, where a 1997 law allows for the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis to be a non-criminal offense, thus reducing the possible fine and prison sentence.
- Menominee Indian Reservation, which legalized cannabis on their lands.
- Eau Claire, which set a $1 fine for the first-time possession of marijuana.
In 2019, Governor Tony Evers proposed decriminalizing marijuana, legalizing it for medical purposes and making it easier for people to have their records expunged for possession of marijuana. However, none of those laws have yet been enacted.
Legalization in Wisconsin
Legislation has been introduced in Wisconsin to legalize marijuana since 2013. However, that legislation has never received any sort of vote.
CBD in Wisconsin
CBD became legal at the federal level in 2018 with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. States were free to enact their own regulations; indeed, Wisconsin already had allowed for industrial hemp to be sold in 2017. Additional articles revealed the need for regulations in Pennsylvania, with Wisconsin and the federal government making different interpretations about a variety of legal items, such as whether or not CBD could be sold in food or drinks.
However, as of yet, the Wisconsin legislature has not passed any such law.