The Republican Medical Marijuana legislation authored by Representatives Mary Felzkowski, Pat Snyder, Michael Schraa, Shae Sortwell and Senator Kathy Bernier has received Assembly Bill 750 and Senate Bill 683 and committee assignments for the 2020 legislative session. This bill would create a medical marijuana program to allow qualifying patients to access medical marijuana in Wisconsin!
Additional co-sponsors have been added since the bills introduction and are listed below. Not many surprises come from the Republican party about marijuana reform, but the lack of an additional Republican Senator co-sponsor is disheartening to the sick, dying and disabled of the 18 Senate Districts they represent.
Of course we are all aware that bills to legalize adult marijuana use and a bipartisan version of medical marijuana are out there, but no additional Democrat Assembly Representatives have signed onto this version. The lone name standing out was Democratic Senator Wirch.
The bill was introduced by Representatives Felzkowski, Snyder, Schraa, Sortwell, Tittl, Quinn, Edming, James, Kitchens, Kulp, Krug, Loudenbeck Novak, Plumer and Summerfield;
cosponsored by Senators Bernier and Wirch.
When we dig deeper, the Bi-partisan medical marijuana bill went to a committee that was not the worst in the world, but the Chairs (Senator Stroebel and Rep. Swearingen) of those committees have been a vocal about marijuana reform. The new Republican version was sent to the same committee as the bipartisan medical marijuana bill. This new bill did draw out a few Republican names that had not signed onto marijuana reform prior to this and some of them are on these committees, including lone Democrat Senator Wirch. Senator Wirch was singled out back in October 2019 as not being a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan medical marijuana effort.
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