Wisconsin Senate Passes Marijuana Extract Bill

Passed 31-1 Wednesday, headed to the Assembly next

MADISON (AP) – The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make it legal to use a marijuana extract to treat seizures.

The measure legalizes possession of cannabidiol oil with a doctor’s certification. The chapter adopted the bill on a 31-1 vote Wednesday. Republican Senator Duey Stroebel was the only senator to vote against it.

Parents of children who suffer from seizures say cannabidiol oil, which doesn’t produce a high, can ease symptoms.

Democratic Senator Chris Larson argued the bill doesn’t go far enough, pointing out that importing the oil into Wisconsin would remian illegal. He tried to amend the bill to allow production of the oil in the state, but Republicans refused to revise the measure.

The bill is now headed to the Assembly.

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