Walker signs bill legalizing pot byproduct

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children's seizures.

The bill allows the use of cannabidiol, an oil extract, to be administered under the care of a doctor. The measure falls far short of legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Walker said Wednesday he signed the bill because it is "very narrowly crafted. It is not medical marijuana."

Walker says his Capitol office was full of families and children who suffer from seizures and who may be helped by using the oil.

The bill unanimously passed the Legislature earlier this year. Republicans who control the Legislature have shown no interest in legalize medical marijuana let alone recreational pot smoking like in Colorado and Washington.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state senator says Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children's seizures.

The bill allows the use of cannabidiol, an oil extract, to be administered under the care of a doctor. The measure falls far short of legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in March. The Senate passed it unanimously earlier this month. Sen. Robert Wirch, a Somers Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, released a statement Wednesday saying the governor had signed the measure.


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