The governor is signaling support for a possible compromise that would improve access to CBD oil for those suffering from seizure disorders.
Efforts to make it easier for people to obtain the marijuana-extract have been tied up by opposition in the state Senate. A spokesman for Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), a sponsor of the proposal, says a compromise is in the works though and legislation that would allow people to obtain CBD oil without a prescription could be passed by this spring.
During a stop in Green Bay Thursday, Governor Scott Walker said he is open to considering a bill that would expand access to CBD oil, also known as cannibidiol. “If it has a narrow focus in a situation where that’s the only viable alternative, particularly for these families with children with seizures, I think it makes sense to have a narrow exception to that,” Walker said.
However, Walker said his concern is making sure it does not create the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. “I’m not interested in opening the door towards legalizing marijuana, be it overall or even for medical marijuana, because I think studies show medically there are much more viable alternatives.”
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Supporters of CBD oil have argued it has no hallucinogenic properties and has proven to be an effective treatment for those suffering from certain seizure disorders. However, groups such as the American Epilepsy Society has described the evidence of its effectiveness as “anecdotal,” and has urged further study of the issue.
Lawmakers passed legislation in 2014 that legalized its use, but left restrictions in place that have made it nearly impossible for patients to access the treatment. Legislation introduced last session, which was blocked in the Senate, would have made it easier for those seeking CBD oil to obtain it without a prescription.
Affiliate WTAQ contributed to this report