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November 26, 2018

Join us for our Winter Open House

Please join us for our Winter Open House on Wednesday, December 12! 
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Please join Wisconsin State Law Library staff for card & tabletop games* and light appetizers.
*Exploding Kittens, Euchre, Uno, Connect Four, Jenga, Blink, Coup & more

Wednesday, December 12
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Reading Room
David T Prosser Jr State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

November 23, 2018

Use the library after hours

Would you like the convenience of using the State Law Library later in the evening or on weekends? You can - by becoming an After Hours subscriber. Subscribe now to enjoy a full year of library access at times convenient for you.

After Hours users can read and check out books, use our public computers and databases - including Westlaw and HeinOnline, make photocopies, and enjoy a quiet space for research and study.

A calendar-year subscription includes access to the library from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and a key fob for convenient entry into the building. New subscribers will gain access from the time they subscribe to the end of the 2018 calendar year. Subscribe now and save!

November 19, 2018

Libraries closed for holiday

All three library locations will be closed on Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22nd.

The Dane County Law Library and the Milwaukee County Law Library will remain closed on Friday, November 23rd. The David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library will be open on Friday, November 23rd.

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Call the Reference Desk at 608-267-9696 and leave a voicemail, or Ask a Librarian online while we are closed. We will respond to you the next business day.

November 6, 2018

CBD Oil and Industrial Hemp (Update)

The sale and possession of CBD oil is a frequent question we get at the library. We've included several sources below to help you with your research.
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Wisconsin sources

Update 12/2019:

Regulating Wisconsin's hemp industry, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (August 2019)

2018 Farm Bill provisions related to hemp, Wisconsin Legislative Council (October 2019)

Pending hemp legislation 2019

(Update 1/7/2019 See Who can sell CBD oil in Wisconsin?, Wisconsin State Journal, December 24, 2018)

The WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has information on the industrial hemp program on their Wisconsin DATCP Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program website. This page includes FAQs and other information.

Wisconsin statute 961.38 discusses cannabidiol. Read Wisconsin Legislative Council Act Memo: Possession of Cannabidoil (CBD) which affected possession and distribution of CBD and the act memo for 2017 Wisconsin Act 100 which relates to industrial hemp.

Wisconsin statute index listings for "hemp" and "cannabidiol":
The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board administers sections of chapter 961 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Federal Source

The US Department of Agriculture has a page on industrial hemp, which discusses section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Information on the pending 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2 can be found online. (6/2019 update: Legal opinion on authorities for hemp production, dated May 28, 2019)

Other Sources

November 2, 2018

Vote on November 6

Tuesday, November 6th is the midterm election. If you're not registered yet then you can do so at the polls (or head to your municipal clerk's office before the end of the day today - Friday, November 2). All voters must provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote in-person in the clerk’s office, or at the polls on Election Day.

In-person absentee voting days and hours depends on your city, village, or town. Check your municipal clerk's office for information on absentee voting days and hours. In-person absentee voting may extend through November 4.

Most voters are required to show an acceptable photo ID. Learn more about what's accepted here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PhotoIDRequired

See your ballot, find your polling place, and check your voter registration status at https://myvote.wi.gov.

November 1, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service November 2018

The November issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. Your comments are welcome! Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

In this issue:

 Researching verdicts and settlements

Trial decisions and settlements can be difficult to find. The sources for verdicts and settlements in this article are available for use in our library. Read more

State and local governments collect and manage so much data (often behind the scenes). One such treasure trove is traffic counts at the street level. Read more

We have a full list of news to share, including new staff in Milwaukee, classes, holidays, and our open house. Read more

The Palazza di Giustizia houses the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation and the Judicial Public Library. Read more

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