Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 10 into law this week, making it easier for families to get access to cannabidiol as a medical treatment. The legislation passed the state Assembly unanimously last month, and passed the Senate in February with only one state Senator voting against it.
"Today, we’re making it easier for people in our state to obtain CBD oil without a psychoactive effect to treat a medical condition as advised by their doctor," Walker said in a statement.
State lawmakers actually approved a law allowing the use of CBD in 2014. The law, named Lydia's Law after a young girl suffering from seizures, proved so restrictive that families and physicians found it exceptionally difficult to actually get the medication to children in need. Lydia Schaeffer, the namesake of the bill, died at age 6 before she was able to get access to CBD treatment.
The new legislation relaxes the extreme limitations of the former law, allowing families to possess CBD oil for any physician-approved medical condition. A similar law was proposed last year, but was voted down by the state Senate.
On the back of the successful CBD legislation, Wisconsin Democrats are pushing for a bill that would legalize all forms of medical marijuana in the state. However, the Republican majority in the state legislature does not currently support medical marijuana.