MADISON (AP) — A Wisconsin tribe is set to grow hemp in hopes of extracting oil from the plant that could help treat seizures and other health problems, despite uncertainty over its legality.
The St. Croix Chippewa plan to begin production at the end of the month, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Parents of children who suffer seizures contend cannabidiol oil, a hemp extract, can help ease symptoms.
The oil doesn’t cause a high because it contains much less THC, marijuana’s active ingredient that creates the psychoactive effect, but it’s illegal to produce or sell in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker, however, signed a bill in April that makes possession legal with a doctor’s certification.
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Source: Cannabis Business Times