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After some further research, however, La Count learned CBD was not only legal, but could also help people cope with chronic pain.

The store specializes in products made from CBD, which is a non-high-inducing cousin of marijuana. CBD — short for cannabidiol — is extracted from hemp, but by law it must contain less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive THC component found in marijuana.

By having a brick-and-mortar store, customers can not only get advice from employees, but they also look through the certificates of analysis on each product to ensure that products contain what is advertised. All of the products are made from U.S. hemp.

“It’s an expensive product, and people don’t want to risk it not working,” she said.

La Count’s first husband died in 2006 of brain cancer.

For the initiated, this is old news. But for those who aren’t familiar with the uses of cannabinoids and, specifically cannabidiol, or CBD, products, there’s a lot to talk about.

The attorney general retracted that opinion in July, La Count said, but it’s possible some people didn’t get the message.

It’s legal?

Then came the November referendums, including one in Waukesha in which voters overwhelmingly favored state action to legalize medical marijuana.

The Farm Bill’s passage opened the door to hemp growers, who are selling to a growing market of CBD dispensary stores.

Yes, but hemp, another member of the cannabis plant family, is not, at least since the passage of the federal 2018 Farm Bill. By law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in the plant that gets people “high,” according to various online sources.