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Farm Bureau to Meet with Schimel to Discuss CBD, Hemp Issue
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/09/2018

The state's largest farm organization is in the process of setting up a meeting with Attorney General Brad Schimel to discuss a recent memo by the Department of Justice that states hemp cannot be used to manufacture Cannabidiol oil. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau wants to talk about the industrial hemp law with Schimel after the AG told WisconsinEye that he's open to the idea for lawmakers to return to make a correction in the law.

"The legislature did not authorize the manufacturing of CBD oil in Wisconsin," said Schimel. "They authorize you to grow industrial hemp if you get the DATCP license and there are other problems with the DEA involved because they have a say in this as well."

However, the Farm Bureau's governmental relations director told WKOW-TV that there's not likely a solution needed from the Legislature. Rob Richard said the argument is simple since federal and state statute does not define what 'processing' means.

"We define what production is and in production under federal code and state code not just means manufacturing it. It means the growing, cultivating and harvesting of a controlled substance," said Richard.

Richard said this is leading to the AGs misconceptions and interpretations on how you define it.

CBD is used to treat exercise-induced inflammation, mild anxiety and pain. The DOJ claims that some people have gotten sick be using the oil and that his agency has an obligation to protect the public.

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