On Wed. Jan. 13, 2016, the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety voted 4-0 to forward SB221, which would strike the need for a prescription to possess cannabidiol (CBD), to the full Senate.
Voting in favor were Senators Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Fred Risser (D-Madison). Absent and not voting was Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), perhaps the biggest anti-cannabis zealot in the entire state legislature. Vukmir supposedly was present at the Nov. 24 public hearing by telephone, but did not ask any questions or participate in any meaningful manner.
SB221 now heads to the full Senate. A public hearing was held on June 3, 2015 for the Assembly companion bill, AB228, but there has not yet been an executive session.
Responding to a Jan. 13 press release from Sen. Bob Wirch (D-Somers), a cosponsor of the legislation, calling for swift passage of the legislation, Sen. Wanggaard issued his own press release Jan. 13 which included the following, “Senate Bill 221 passed the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee unanimously, 4-0, this morning. In addition, I spoke with the Assembly Speaker and committee chair yesterday, and was informed this morning that the Assembly bill will be scheduled for a vote in the week or two.”
Stat tuned for updates. Cannabadger will continue following this story