Madison—Representative Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) released the following statement following the Assembly Committee on Children and Families Executive Committee Hearing:

“I am pleased to report that Assembly Bill 49 and Senate Bill 10, both pertaining to tetrahydrocannabinols and the use of cannabidiol, passed unanimously in today’s executive committee hearing. CBD Oil is a natural, non-psychoactive marijuana extract which is used to treat seizures. This bill does not legalize medical or recreational marijuana. This bill legalizes the possession of CBD Oil with a doctors prescription. This bill will allow families to possess CBD Oil in Wisconsin without fear of prosecution, affording them peace of mind as they treat their loved ones.

“When I found out that I would be chairing the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, I knew that we would be dealing with important, time sensitive issues. Last week when we heard firsthand accounts of how CBD Oil can help families, I realized that this was the right thing to do on every level. I am proud that the first bill we heard will bring hope, promise, and relief to families and individuals that deserve it the most. I thank Representative Scott Krug and Senator Van Wanggaard for their leadership on this issue. Most importantly, I thank the families and individuals who came to tell us their heartbreaking stories during the public hearing, you are the true ‘authors’ of legislation like this.

“I look forward to voting for this good bill on the floor of the Assembly and I anticipate broad bipartisan support.”

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