MADISON, Wis. – CBD oil that was produced and sold under the hemp pilot program is considered legal, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Thursday.
DOJ officials met Wednesday afternoon with lawmakers who authored a bill creating the state’s hemp pilot program and lobbyists from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation to air their concerns about the extraction of cannabidiol, or CBD, under the state’s hemp-growing pilot program.
DOJ had originally issued a memo last month saying it was illegal to possess and distribute CBD oil, angering farmers who were banking on producing the oil to generate dollars.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection received more than 350 applications from farmers hoping to grow hemp and issued more than 70 licenses.
Officials said Thursday that farmers who follow the DATCP’s rules and regulations may grow industrial hemp without fear of criminal prosecution, sell the entire industrial hemp plant or parts of the plant to anyone and process the plant as permitted, including producing CBD.
“We all have always had full confidence in the successful implementation of the industrial hemp program in Wisconsin,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said in the news release. “Industrial hemp has the promise of being an important part of our critical agricultural economy, and Wisconsin farmers who choose to participate in this pilot program deserve and need legislative and regulatory certainty from all parts of government.”