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New CBD Oil Law Brings Hope

A new law that will make cannabidiol oil more accessible to patients who need it has brought hope to Lake Country parents.

"We know that this bill is not going to be for everyone or for everything, but we hope that it will be helpful for some families and people," said Jennifer Bertram of Merton. Bertram's 20-year-old daughter, Megan, has epilepsy. CBD oil can be used in the treatment of people who suffer from seizure disorders.

Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 10 into law on Monday, April 17. It builds on an earlier law signed in 2014, known as Lydia's Law, which allows doctors and pharmacists to dispense CBD oil. That earlier law carried tight restrictions on when the oil could be used. The new law eases the restrictions, making the oil lawful for individuals to possess for any medical condition, as long as a doctor has certified its use.

"We hope this is going to be the first step," Bertram said. She added that she hopes "that we will be able to have future conversations with other legislators about moving it forward with the medical marijuana because we need that as well because there's certain conditions that the CBD oil is not going to work for, or will need complements to it."

Jenny Godin of Dousman, whose 11-year-old son also has epilepsy, was also happy about the bill's signing. Godin credits Sally Schaefer, whose daughter Lydia died before she could receive the potentially lifesaving treatment, for her work in getting the bill passed.

"I'm thrilled. I'm very pleased that it is a broad scope so that it will help many people," Godin said. "The person who deserves a lot of credit for keeping this at the forefront is Sally Schaefer. She has spearheaded this despite the loss of her daughter. She made sure she did everything she could to pass this for other families, which is truly an unselfish act."

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