MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker said he wants lawmakers to consider a solution to allow CBD oil to be manufactured in the state because of the health benefits. This comes just one day after the Wisconsin Farm Bureau raised concerns over the Department of Justice move to block farmers from growing industrial hemp for CBD oil purposes.
“We're going to have to figure it out to address that concern because our bottom line is help families, very limited circumstances, where kids have seizures and in particular this is a way to help them with those seizures -- it's proven," Walker said Friday in Wausau.
Lawmakers are also reacting to the DOJ’s decision that many growers and manufacturers were caught off guard by the last minute move. The memo sent by DOJ was sent just three days after the cutoff to apply for a hemp license.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers, along with the Farm Bureau, thought the hemp bill intended to allow farmers the ability to produce hemp-based CBD oil. Schimel issued a statement saying that farmers can still grow and export industrial hemp to other states, but can't manufacture under state law.
"Law enforcement has encountered examples of products claiming to be CBD oil that resulted in people getting hurt and sick," Schimel said. "We have an obligation to protect public health and safety."
Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell said the state is losing out on millions that could help boost the economy.
"It’s politically motivated, CBD oil is needed for those who have arthritis who need pain relievers and something beyond than just a pain killer," Mitchell said.
The Farm Bureau said two national hemp manufacturers are considering taking legal action against the DOJ. Now that Walker is asking lawmakers to find a solution, lawsuits may be put on hold.