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It's not everyday that you hear support from the Republican Party when it comes to medical marijuana reform but it looks like Wisconsin lucked out.
Former Presidential nominee and current Governor Scott Walker signed legislative action today to legalize cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD, for medical use. The legislation was already passed through the state's Congress: now it just got the Governor's signature.
Cannabidiol is a non psychoactive oil extract that can be used for many medical purposes. What makes it so appealing to many conservatives is that it doesn't produce the high associated with smoking regular marijuana. Cannabidiol doesn't have high levels of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for making you feel "stoned". Instead, cannabidiol relies on CBD, another prominent cannabinoid found in marijuana, to counteract symptoms including inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions. In fact, cannabidiol has been found to counteract some of the psychoactivity resulting from THC.
It's no wonder the Governor and his state are ready to legalize the new drug. According to Eau Clair County Republican Brian Westrate, “Government above all needs to be humane. It makes a great deal of sense to allow this product, that may have some controversy, to alleviate the symptoms that many Wisconsinites have that there is no other cure for.”
Make no mistake though: Wisconsin will still be a far cry from full legalization. Recreational marijuana will still be very much illegal and punishable with heavy fines and jail time.
Even though it's a small step for the state, it's important nonetheless. Wisconsin is on the front lines of marijuana reform. This swing state has been very divided on leading political issues in the country for many years. They were, if you recall, one of the most important states this past November during the election. They've always been on the fence on polarizing issues like marijuana reform so it's really nice to see that they've deciding to go the right way on this one. Hopefully the state's marijuana reform continues in the coming years.
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