LRB 0250/1 is presented for co-sponsorship by two Republican Senators (Felzkowski and Bernier) and 11 Assembly Reps Snyder, Schraa, Rozar, Edming, Kitchens, Krug, Loudenbeck, Macco, Novak, Sortwell, and Tittl). The legislation would create a Medical Marijuana program that tightly regulates the cultivation, processing,testing, and dispensing of medical marijuana to ensure patients have legal, safe, and reliable access to a consistent product without breaking the law to obtain it.
Illness does not discriminate; it effects people from all walks of life. Mothers, sons, veterans, co-workers, friends. There is no doubt that each and every one of us knows someone that has suffered through an illness and struggled to find a way to make it through each day. While there are often medications that doctors can prescribe to help combat these illnesses, many come with side effects that can make living a normal life much more difficult. In some cases, the only option for pain relief is to take opioids on a long term basis, which can lead to a whole host of other challenges that already afflict our state.
Many Wisconsinites have already expressed their interest in our state having this conversation. In the 2018 midterm election, 16 counties and 2 cities, representing 52% of the state’s population, voted on medical or recreational cannabis referendums. All of them passed with overwhelming support. It is clear that we as a state need to begin having a real discussion about medical marijuana legalization, and it is the hope of the supporters within the Republican Caucus that this bill will be the first step.
Although the bill may not be perfect, you will have a chance to add input to the bill if a public hearing is scheduled, during the upcoming campaign season and next session. In the meantime, use the action alert below to let your elected officials know you support medical cannabis.