Cannabis is illegal in Wisconsin except for the limited use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medicinal purposes. The Nov. 6, 2018, election proved to be a big moment for cannabis’s popularity in Wisconsin. Voters in more than a dozen counties and two cities expressed their support for cannabis in several non-binding advisory questions, including whether it should be legalized for medicinal purposes and whether it should be regulated and taxed like alcohol.
In Milwaukee and Dane counties, voters favored legalizing, regulating, and taxing cannabis by more than 60 percent.
Meanwhile, voters in other parts of Wisconsin tackled only medical marijuana, all of them leaning in favor of changing the law to allow its medical use. In the city of Waukesha, 77 percent of voters supported marijuana for medicinal purposes and its regulation as a prescription drug.
While these referenda are non-binding, they set the stage for a discussion about legalization in a state that has failed several times to pass laws allowing cannabis use for recreational or medicinal purposes.
The Controlled Substances Board under Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) regulates who can dispense CBD oil.
Where is it safe to purchase and consume?
For patients, a Controlled Substances Board-approved pharmacy or doctor may recommend CBD oil to treat a medical condition.
The law expands a patient’s usage beyond seizure disorders, stating that individuals with a “medical condition” can possess and consume CBD oil. The law, however, is vague on what medical condition qualify. They may obtain certification from a doctor stating that the patient possesses CBD oil for treatment and that the CBD oil has no intoxicating effect on patients.
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SB 10, signed into law by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, allows patients to be treated with CBD oil for a medical condition. However, the law doesn’t specify what qualifies as a medical condition. Patients need a doctor’s certification that states why the oil is needed and permission to use it for treatment.
For CBD users, patients need a physician-issued certification to possess and use CBD oil for a medical condition.
This page was last updated on February 26, 2019.