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Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In Wisconsin Legislature


Medical MarijuanaWisconsin lawmakers introduced new medical marijuana legislation Wednesday in Madison.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, would give patients with certain debilitating diseases and conditions access to medicinal marijuana with a prescription from their doctor without fear of prosecution.

“This is an issue where people are clearly way ahead of the policy makers,” Pocan said. “The Wisconsin Legislature needs to catch up with the public and pass this bill because making medical marijuana legal is the right and compassionate thing to do for patients in pain.”

The bill, named the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act after a Mondovi woman and medicinal marijuana user who is a longtime advocate for legalizing medicinal marijuana and co-founded the group Is My Medicine Legal Yet? (IMMLY), is co-authored by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). It would allow patients with glaucoma, cancer, AIDS and other diseases to access marijuana with a prescription from their doctors.

The bill was last attempted when Democrats controlled the Legislature in 2010, but it couldn’t find enough support then to pass. Now Republicans control both the Senate and Assembly and it’s unlikely to win favor this time around either.

“There’s no question in my mind that some day we will have it in Wisconsin, but we have to keep putting it out there to keep gaining the support,” Rep. Pocan said.

The senate and assembly will have a combined public hearing on the medical marijuana bill Dec. 15th.


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  1. I suffer from several dibilitating medical problems, diabetes, fibromyalgia, copd, degenerative joint disease and a couple others. I also am, unfortunately, allergic to most pain relievers. This leaves me little option to help alliviate my pain. I also have bone spurs in both my shoulders that were caused by my working physically hard when I was a young single mother. Doctors tell me I am too high risk for any surgeries, I can’t take anything for pain, so I sit in my recliner every day, crying and wishing the law makers would get their heads out of their butts and see medical marijauna for what it is, a natural pain eliminator and if nothing else, it gets your head right to be able to deal with constant, 24/7 pain and discomfort. I am now only 56 years old, I can’t go anywhere with my husband because it hurts too much, can’t even enjoy my 5 grandsons hugs and kisses, they know it will hurt Nana. The one thing I look forward to is when I qualify for Medicare in Feb. I hopefully can get a scooter so I can grocery shop with my husband.

  2. Legalize it now I have a family with many people with cancer and ms the would benefit them greatly

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