For over 130 years Axley has been on the forefront of change. We were figuring out what it took to bring electricity into homes and businesses when most people were leery of replacing gas street lamps. We were counseling Frank Lloyd Wright long before words like “visionary” were used to describe his work.  We were defending the hiring of a gay, mixed-race female as Madison’s Fire Chief when conventional wisdom said only a straight, white male could command the respect necessary to lead the Department. We pride ourselves on seeing where society is going and helping to blaze those trails.

We believe legal cannabis in all its forms is coming to Wisconsin following a nationwide trend. With recent changes to the law involving hemp and CBD oil in Wisconsin, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve. Axley is helping people understand their rights when it comes to growing hemp, producing and marketing CBD products, and providing goods and services that support the cannabis industry here and in other states.

To better understand and serve the industry, we have partnered with those at the forefront. Two of our partners are among the founding members of the Cannabis Industry Association of Wisconsin, the first trade association in the state incorporated solely to support the growth of cannabis-related businesses in Wisconsin. We are committed to understanding this rapidly evolving and often contradictory area of the law. If you’re serious about a cannabis-related business, we’re serious about helping you.

Legislative & Business Updates

December 20, 2018:  President Signs 2018 Farm Bill and Removes Hemp from the List of Schedule I Substances

May 10, 2018:  Attorney General Schimel reverses position and announces that farmers producing CBD and outlets distributing the product will not face prosecution.

May 9, 2018:  Cannabis Industry Association of Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s first trade association devoted to supporting the broader cannabis industry, is incorporated.

April 27, 2018:  Attorney General Schimel’s office issues analytical note concluding CBD is illegal to possess or distribute.

April 26, 2018:  Wisconsin Hemp Alliance, trade association devoted to promotion of the hemp industry in Wisconsin, is incorporated.

November 30, 2017:  Wisconsin enacts law allowing for the growing of industrial hemp consistent with the 2014 federal Farm Bill.

April 17, 2017:  Wis. Legislature amends Lydia’s law, expanding the scope of medical conditions for which CBD can be authorized and relaxing conditions for its use.

April 16, 2014:  Wis. Legislature passes “Lydia’s law” legalizing the use of CBD oil to treat seizure disorders but imposing significant practical hurdles for distribution to patients.

February 7, 2014:  President Obama signs Federal Agricultural Act of 2014 exempting industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

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