Updated on November 19, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Right now, medical marijuana is not legalized in Wisconsin. The state has a legal clinical-grade cannabidiol (CBD) program available. Initially, only patients with epilepsy or seizures were permitted to use cannabidiol with a physician referral.
Today, any patient who gets a medical referral to use clinical-grade CBD if their doctor refers them. But unlike other neighboring states, patients with chronic health conditions do not have legal access to medical cannabis.
Wisconsin Senator Melissa Asgard supports the legalization of medical cannabis. On November 1, 2021, she posted about a path forward to expand access to medical marijuana for Wisconsin patients.
“Across the country, more and more states are ending broken prohibition policies and legalizing cannabis for responsible, adult use. Those same states are now seeing the fiscal impacts of legal cannabis and the investments they can make in their communities.”
—Sen. Melissa Asgard
Currently, Delta-8 THC (D8) is not banned in Wisconsin. However, there is some conversation in the House of Representatives and Senate about creating regulations for Delta THC products. Delta-8 is currently not classified as a controlled substance in WI.
Medical cannabis is not legalized in Wisconsin. There is currently no medical marijuana program in the state. However, any patient can be referred by a physician for clinical potency cannabidiol (CBD).
None. There are no licensed dispensaries in Wisconsin at the time of writing. And no existing legislation to provide medical marijuana to patients.
If medical cannabis is eventually legalized in Wisconsin, it may be available only to residents eighteen years and older.
There is no current procedure or framework for patients to apply for a medical card in Wisconsin. It has not been legalized yet.
If Wisconsin follows the example of other states’ medical cannabis programs, minors will have legal access. However, the qualifying health conditions for minors may be different. And children may require a referral from a pediatric specialist to be considered.
If Wisconsin legalizes medical cannabis, lawmakers will likely create a caregivers program. In other legalized states, caregivers must be legal guardians for the minor. Caregivers may also be disqualified if they have a record of a criminal charge or felony offense. Especially one that involves drugs or violent crime.
A caregiver would be required to become registered separately from the patient. And pay annual fees for renewal, assuming that the caregiver is accepted into the program. Caregivers are sometimes limited to the number of patients they can provide care for. That may range from one single patient to as many as five patients.
The process for registration for a Wisconsin medical card and renewal has not been determined yet. We will update this page with more information when it becomes available.
All states with a medical cannabis program have a method of replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged medical card. Sometimes there is a replacement fee payable for the new card. Wisconsin would likely adopt the same administrative policy and procedures for lost medical cards.
Medical marijuana is not available right now in Wisconsin. There are no legal or licensed dispensaries that can provide medical marijuana (cannabis). But there are many different advocacy groups in Wisconsin that are working to make medical marijuana legal for patients. One of the ways that patients and residents can get involved, is to lend support to NORML and other cannabis legalization advocates.
There is also an annual “Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival” that is hosted in Madison, Wisconsin. It is the longest-running marijuana festival in America. The festival has speakers, entertainment and is a good place to meet cannabis activists and supporters.
Wisconsin has not legalized medical marijuana yet.
Local communities have conducted non-binding referendums about medical cannabis, starting as early as 2018. But despite voter support, medical marijuana is not legal for patients in Wisconsin. Here are some of the historical benchmarks on the path to expand compassionate care for patients with a Wisconsin medical cannabis program.
August, 2015—The Menominee Indian Reservation (Menominee County) voted to legalize cannabis for medical and adult use. It was strongly opposed and criticized by non-tribal members.
The vote to legalize recreational cannabis passed with 677 to 499 votes of support. And the ballot for legalizing medical use on the Menominee Indian Reservation won 899 votes to 275 in favor.
Currently, the Menominee Indian Reservation is the only medical cannabis dispensary. As a sovereign reservation, it does not fall under state laws or cannabis restrictions.
Source Web 2021: archive.jsonline.com
November, 2018—Eleven counties in Wisconsin approved the use of non-binding referendums. That is a written legal motion that can’t evolve into a new law. But it was valuable because it told WI lawmakers how voters felt about medical cannabis.
The support for legal, medical marijuana in Wisconsin was positive in districts like Clark, Kenosha, Racine, and Dane County. Voter approval in the non-binding referendums ranged from 67% to 88%.
Source Web 2021: wpr.org