Wisconsin Democrats Want To Legalize MMJ

The first bill out of Wisconsin to legalize the medical use of marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions was introduced today by two Democratic lawmakers.  Another bill will question voters in the form of a nonbonding statewide referendum.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, are both co-sponsors hoping that the inclination of support will cause voters to weigh in on their referendum.  However, neither of these proposals are expected to gain the likes of the Republican-led Legislature.

Nonetheless, Erpenbach stated, "This will lead to law-abiding citizens who have chronic diseases and health issues we can't even begin to imagine, to put them in a situation where they don't have to break the law anymore."

Last month, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said he would like lawmakers to focus on making sure that CBD oil can be used as a medicine first, but he is not open to making it available to anyone "willy nilly."

"I think we need to continue to come up with tools that help law enforcement and to some extent maybe curtail the ability of medical professionals to prescribe (opiates)," stated Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.