Wisconsin CBD bill Senate vote unlikely

On Friday, two senators sent a letter requesting a state senate floor vote on AB228, regarding cannabidiol (CBD). Today, AB228 did not appear on a tentative agenda for Tuesday’s planned final senate session issued by the office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).

In addition, a staffer in the office of the senate sponsor of the bill, Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), one of two lawmakers who sent the letter requesting a vote on Friday, stated a vote was “not likely” at this point when contacted by phone this afternoon. Likewise, a staffer in Sen. Robert Wirch’s office, the other senator requesting a vote also said it was probably not going to get a vote. A three-day floorperiod had originally been scheduled, but it has been condensed into a one-day session on Tuesday March 15.

So, despite public hearings and committee votes in both houses, not to mention passage by the state assembly, AB228, which would have clarified a law passed overwhelmingly and signed into law in 2014, appears dead for the 2015-2016 session, barring a last minute reprieve from the GOP leadership. Senate Bill 772, recently introduced by Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), which would have legalized the production of CBD in Wisconsin, is also dead for the session at this point.

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