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What Is the Difference Between CBD Oil and Marijuana?

Posted on in Drug Crimes

Milwaukee drug charges defense lawyer CBD oilLast December, President Trump signed into law the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which legalized the growing and use of hemp. In Wisconsin, this new bill has had a significant effect by allowing many new hemp-based products to be sold off-the-shelf, including products which were once classified as illegal drugs. CBD oil is one of the most popular of these products and is now available to be sold legally in Wisconsin. While CBD oil and marijuana share some similarities, there is a clear and definable difference between the two.

What Is CBD Oil, and Why Do People Use it?

CBD oil is also known as cannabidiol, and it is derived from hemp. However, CBD oil has low levels of THC and does not cause a person to become intoxicated after use, unlike marijuana. While this might seem to defeat the purpose of using a hemp-based product, the product has become increasingly popular for the many benefits it provides. CBD oil is often used when treating inflammation, anxiety, and the easing of pain. It is also becoming more popular as an ingredient in everyday items such as lotions, dietary supplements, and even in food and beer.

Does This Mean Marijuana Is Legal in Wisconsin?

While many hemp-based products are now legal, marijuana is considered a controlled substance under federal law, and it is still illegal in the state of Wisconsin. This means that you can still face criminal charges for possessing or selling marijuana. Even though CBD oil is legal in Wisconsin, using it as an ingredient still requires authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

To some, hemp-based products still have the stigma of illegality surrounding them, but people’s mindsets are quickly changing. During the November 2018 elections, residents in 16 Wisconsin counties were asked if marijuana should be legal, and a majority showed overwhelming support. With growing support from state lawmakers, hemp and marijuana advocates are beginning to see a political path forwards towards its decriminalization in Wisconsin.

Contact a Milwaukee, WI Drug Crimes Lawyer

While hemp-based products are now legal, they still face heavy restrictions and scrutiny. There are still ways that the use of CBD oil can violate the law, and marijuana remains illegal. If you are accused of a drug-related crime, then you need the experienced Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys at GRGB Law. To get excellent representation, contact our offices today at 414-271-1440.




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