CBD is a chemical compound that originates from the marijuana plant. Although it shares its origins with the predominant psychoactive cannabinoid from hemp, tetrahydro cannabinoid (THC), it does not induce intoxication or euphoria to the users. CBD products exist in different forms including balms, sprays, snacks, tablets, vapes and lotions that are distributed in e-commerce websites and in dedicated stores. Moreover, these products have earned widespread praise for their healing effects on people afflicted by different medical conditions.
In the state of Wisconsin, the fiery debate concerning the legal status of CBD products prompted the state district attorney, Brad Schmeichel, to clarify the current position of the law regarding CBD products. Additionally, new changes to the law are expected if a federal farm bill successfully gains the approval of Congress. According to Schimel, commercial hemp products remain legal in Wisconsin although relevant state authorities are mandated to enforce various legal restrictions concerning the sale and use of these substances.
Industrial Hemp in Wisconsin
The prevailing industrial hemp law in Wisconsin permits local farmers to freely engage in the cultivation and sale of commercial hemp. However, only those farmers who procure a permit and follow the recommendations of the department of agriculture, as well as those who honor the dictates of the consumer and trade protection laws, will continue growing industrial hemp undeterred. Moreover, farmers who violate the necessary rules will face criminal prosecution. The products resulting from industrial hemp, such as CBD, are not deemed contraband by the law.
Schimel asserts that Wisconsin farmers who partake in the inaugural industrial hemp program are entitled to regulatory and legislative support from the authorities. Furthermore, the department of justice prioritizes upholding the quality of CBD oil that is commercially available at retail stores consequently safeguarding consumers from perfidious traders.
The Legal Divide Concerning CBD Use in Wisconsin
Initially, there existed an uncertainty concerning the lawfulness of using CBD products domestically and trading in CBD substances. This situation forced the district attorney to send guidelines to law enforcement authorities in May to further explain the legal status of these products. The confusion resulted from the conflicting recommendations of the current state law and those of the industrial hemp program.
While the current law forced CBD users to seek permission from a medical professional and prohibited the use of CBD substances that are laced with THC, the industrial hemp program endorsed the production and sale of CBD oil. Consequently, law enforcement officials were unsure of the legality of CBD oil in Wisconsin because of the absence of a comprehensive guide that highlights the types of CBD products that are harmful to the population.
To prevent any confusion, law authorities are advised to contact the proprietors of retail stores to confirm whether their products are sold legally whenever they encounter any CBD products in retail outlets.
To sum up, the law endorses the legal production of industrial hemp and the distribution of CBD products. Moreover, law enforcement officers have been issued with clear guidelines about the legality of CBD products in Wisconsin.