Confusion over CBD oil sold at health food stores in Green Bay

Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 9:54 PM CST
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Last April, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to legalize the use of a cannabis extract known as CBD oil, but since then there's been confusion about what can legally be sold in health food stores.

As we reported then, Gov. Walker signed into law Senate Bill 10 and only with a doctor’s note can patients have access to marijuana derived CBD oil. It treats seizure patients without creating the "high" that traditional marijuana use brings.

There are health food stores in Green Bay that advertise CBD oil and say there is a difference between the hemp version and marijuana-derived version of CBD oil.

B-Alive Nutrition Center, now advertising its CBD oil products on its storefront, is located in downtown Green Bay.

“We actually get a lot of customers coming in asking us about CBD. There's a lot of benefits for CBD,” said Micah Corrigan, B-Alive Nutrition Center manager.

Corrigan said he's done his research, enough to know he can have this version of CBD oil in his store -- and like other stores in town says there's a difference as to how the product is made.

“The reason why we're allowed to sell it is because it comes from industrialized hemp; it's not coming from marijuana,” said Corrigan.

Corrigan said customers ask if this product can get you high, and he says no and tells those customers the benefits but cannot prescribe or make claims about CBD.

Not too far down the road is store owner of Family Nutrition Center, Steve Lankford.

“One of the things that we're looking at is what are called 'CBD alternatives,' so there are many plants that have compounds that have a benefit to the endocannabinoid system in our bodies,” said Lankford.

Lankford said he does not sell CBD oil because the way he reads state law, it is illegal to sell in his store.

“I wish I could, I am a big fan of CBD, but part of the problem is that we have a law in Wisconsin that's very explicit about who can sell CBD, and the law says you have to be a pharmacy licensed by the controlled substances board. Health stores are not allowed to sell CBD as far as I could tell,” said Lankford.

Lankford agrees it's confusing and says something needs to change.

“On a federal level we need the drug enforcement department to de-schedule, or take CBD off the list of Schedule 1 drugs. That would fix things to a point nationwide. Otherwise, what you have are individual states who are passing laws that have various interpretations as to what's legal and what isn't in those states,” said Lankford.

The author of the CBD oil bill, Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), blames all this confusion on conflicting laws at the federal level. He said as long as the CBD oil is derived from industrialized hemp it's legal here.

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