Updated on May 19, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Most Wisconsin residents are in favor of not just creating a viable medical marijuana program in the state but also ending the prohibition of cannabis. Even the governor of Wisconsin called out state lawmakers for declining to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana because of widespread public support.
Despite this, Wisconsin has one of the most regressive programs in the U.S. Even though nearby states like Illinois and Michigan have enacted compassionate cannabis legislation, Wisconsin continues to lag far behind. The law that is currently in place is both ineffectual and unworkable.
Currently, there is only one qualifying condition for patients who wish to get medical marijuana treatments — seizure disorders. Although there is legislation in the works that would create a medical marijuana program for other patients, it’s hard to say how long it will take to pass.
Many advocacy groups and even Democratic and Republican lawmakers are pushing to see the current medical marijuana law revised. But as of yet, there haven’t been any positive moves forward.
Because of the limitations of Wisconsin’s medical marijuana program, becoming a patient is a straightforward process. Patients with intractable seizures or epilepsy must visit a qualified physician. This doctor can provide a written certification for the use of CBD oil to treat their symptoms. With this approval certificate, patients can legally possess CBD oil as long as it does not contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The only marijuana product approved for epileptic patients or those with seizures is cannabidiol oil. Although approved Wisconsin patients can possess CBD oil, obtaining it is challenging. The law makes accessing cannabis medication impractical in many ways:
By not permitted the sale of CBD oil within the state, Wisconsin lawmakers have limited what little benefit their medical marijuana legislation provided. Many advocates hope the legalization of CBD oil for seizure patients is just a precursor to broader legislation that will include more patients — especially since seizure sufferers make up a very small percentage of the patients cannabis can benefit.
There is bipartisan support for expanded medical marijuana legislation in both Wisconsin’s Senate and State Assembly. As recently as August 2017, a new bill was filed that would not only create a medical marijuana program, but would also legalize and regulate marijuana use for adults.
Some cities are taking the matter into their own hands. Many have decriminalized the use of cannabis, and some are even attempting to legalize it within city limits. Vocal advocates argue it should not be stigmatized, as the use of alcohol is treated with unfair levity. This push may urge state lawmakers to approve the recreational use of marijuana before passing reformed medical cannabis legislation.
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