In April 2017, Governor Walker signed legislation into law allowing CBD oil possession and use for those with a doctor’s certification. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) is issuing warnings to retailers offering the products on store shelves. It’s also saying that most possessions are illegal.
Some retailers in the state have sold CBD oil for several years because it was said that items with less than 0.3-percent THC were legal, Fox 6 Now News reports. That doesn’t seem to be the case. On April 27, the DOJ released a statement advising law enforcement agencies on CBD oil.
The statement said, “CBD oil and other CBD products, with or without THC, are illegal to possess or distribute in the State of Wisconsin except for patients with a doctor’s certification in very limited circumstances.”
Rob Richard of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federal called the statement confusing to farmers. Farmers are planting to start growing their crops any time now.
Richard said, “My first reaction is disbelief. These people were planning on planting industrial hemp for the purpose of producing CBD oil, so what are their plans now? Do they just plant it and see what happens? That’s a huge risk as well.”
Some stores have pulled products from shelves, but others are standing strong and refusing to remove CBD products from their shelves.
Fresh Thyme Market is one of the retailers that has removed products from its shelves.
Rachel Cartwright sells CBD products to several Wisconsin retailers. She says that her customers have no plans of removing the products from their shelves.
Cartwright said, “It seems like the state is overreacting. We are willing to pay their fine and take the litigation costs unto ourselves and hire our attorney for that customer and take it as far as physically necessary.”
Many hope that Wisconsin lawmakers will step up and prevent prosecution of those using and/or selling CBD products.
The Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said, “Law enforcement has encountered examples of products claiming to be CBD oil that resulted in people getting hurt and sick. We have an obligation to protect public health and safety.”
PriceLand Hemp has no plans of taking CBD oil off of its shelves either. The retailer did receive a warning from the Wisconsin DOJ before opening, regardless, the owner says that no products are being pulled.