Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 726, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes, into law. The measure was approved overwhelmingly by the state’s legislature, including being passed unanimously by the Senate.
Under the new law, practitioners are authorized to recommend, as well as distribute, cannabis extract such as oil or tincture that’s low in THC (tetrahydocannabinol), and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Governor Walker’s signature marks the third state in the last week – including Kentucky and Alabama – that has legalized medical cannabis extracts. Within the last week the governor of Maryland has also signed a proposal into law legalizing medical cannabis, including a minimum of 94 dispensaries.
Wisconsin’s new medical cannabis law takes effect immediately. Although it doesn’t go far enough, it’s still a huge step forward for Wisconsin, and it marks yet another state admitting that cannabis does have legitimate medical value.