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UPDATE: State DOJ says hemp farmers OK to produce CBD oil

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Attorney General Brad Schimel says Wisconsin farmers who grow industrial hemp can produce CBD oil from it.

Schimel's statement Thursday is a reversal from a Justice Department memo last month that said only doctors and pharmacies can distribute the oil and people can possess it only with a doctor's certification.

That left many farmers wondering whether it would be worth their time to start growing hemp, and the industry objected. The new guidance came after Schimel met Wednesday with industry representatives, lawmakers and the state agriculture department.

Schimel says industrial hemp has the potential to be a big part of the state's farm economy. He says growers who want to produce CBD oil will have no problem as long as they get a permit and follow state ag department requirements.

Republican State Sen. Patrick Testin of Stevens Point, an author of the hemp bill, released the following statement Thursday:

... "I met with Attorney General Brad Schimel, his team at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Representative Jesse Kremer, representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. We had a productive discussion in which I reiterated my position that Act 100 enables participants in the hemp pilot program the ability to process CBD oil from industrial hemp and to market it for research purposes... I commend the Attorney General’s commitment to public safety, as well as his decision to ensure participants in the hemp pilot program the greatest level of freedom and opportunity.”

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An agriculture lobbyist says the state Department of Justice plans to walk back its stance that hemp farmers can't extract CBD oil from their plants.

Hundreds of farmers have applied for new state licenses that would allow them to grow industrial hemp. Many hope to produce and sell CBD oil, which can be used to treat seizures. But the DOJ issued a memo last month re-affirming that it's illegal to possess and distribute the oil in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation lobbyist Rob Richard said Thursday that he met with DOJ officials and the Republican authors of the bill that created the hemp licenses on Wednesday. He says the agency will make it clear the oil is legal.

DOJ spokesman Johnny Koremenos didn't immediately reply to an email.
 

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