Cannabis

As everyone is likely aware, marijuana has been legalized in several states across the country. In some states, it is legalized for medicinal purposes, while other states have legalized recreational use.  Recently, our neighbor to the south, Illinois, has legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use.  Even with a new dispensary a few miles from the Wisconsin border, that does not mean it is legal for Wisconsin residents. Marijuana legalization in Illinois does not mean it can be lawfully possessed in Wisconsin.  It is still a crime to possess marijuana, paraphernalia (pipes, grinders, torches, etc.) and edibles in Wisconsin. …
Presently, 36 states have legalized medical marijuana and 15 have legalized full adult (i.e., recreational) use.  It is anticipated five more will be added to that column in 2021.  Three of the four states contiguous to Wisconsin have either medical marijuana (Minnesota) or both medical and adult-use (Illinois and Michigan).  So what’s in store for the Badger state? Governor Evers recently announced that he intends to include provisions for both medical and adult-use marijuana in his upcoming budget as a way to generate revenue for schools and rural communities.  He had included a provision for medical marijuana in his past…
On October 15, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced its decision to postpone the transition of Wisconsin’s Hemp Pilot Research Program to the permanent Wisconsin State Hemp Plan. The permanent Wisconsin State Hemp Plan is more restrictive than the current Pilot Research Program. For example, in order to recoup some of their costs, the Pilot Research Program allows hemp farmers to sell plant stalks or other components even if their flowers test above the legal THC limit, which is a practice the Wisconsin State Hemp Plan does not permit. This and other restrictions in…
Readers of this article are likely familiar with cannabidiol, more prominently known by its initialism “CBD,” which has exploded in popularity over the past several years. However, the cannabis industry is buzzing about a derivative of CBD that is quickly gaining notoriety: Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (D-8 THC). The rising popularity of D-8 THC can be attributed to its somatosensory effects, and because (as of the writing of this article) D-8 THC is not illegal under federal law. As a result, cannabis businesses are moving quickly to synthesize, market, and sell D-8 THC products. What is D-8 THC? D-8 THC must be…
Wisconsin voters support the sale of cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, as demonstrated by the wide margins in referendums across the state in the November 2018 elections. Two years later, however, and little progress has been made. In contrast, Illinois and Michigan have both legalized cannabis for recreational use. Wisconsin residents have flocked to these states to take advantage of legalization even though cannabis bought in Illinois or Michigan is illegal once it crosses the border. Wisconsin residents were among the first customers at Illinois dispensaries on the opening day of legalization. Entrepreneurs in Illinois and Michigan have opened…