Limited Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Bills Gets 4/20 Senate Hearing

Limited Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Bills Gets 4/20 Senate Hearing
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“You don’t get the whole enchilada on the first try. You get what you can. When the sky doesn’t fall, you come back to the table and you try to move it again. That’s how legislation is done, and that’s what we’re going to do.” By Isiah Holmes, Wisconsin Examiner For the Wisconsin Legislature, getting to the point where a conversation about legalizing cannabis could be had in committee has been challenging. It’s a first step legislators finally took Wednesday, April 20, an annual day of celebration for cannabis activists. The public hearing on the legislation (SB 1034), which would legalize medical marijuana, was held in the Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing and Forestry and attracted about five hours of testimony. The majority of the testimony called for an end to all cannabis prohibition in Wisconsin. Attempts to even hold public hearings on bills to legalize cannabis have routinely failed. During the 2021-23 budget process, proposals by Gov. Tony Evers (D) to fully legalize recreational and medicinal cannabis use were stripped out of Evers’ budget document by Republican-controlled committees. The 2022 medical cannabis bill, first introduced four years ago by now-Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) when she was a member of the Assembly, provides the foundation for a limited-use medicinal market. Under the legislation, cannabis can be recommended by physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses who must be registered in Wisconsin and certified to recommend cannabis. The bill excludes the use of flower cannabis, which can be smoked, vaporized, or made into edibles. Rather, cannabis may only be provided in the form of a liquid, oil, pill, tincture, or topical ointment. Tomorrow, my committee will have a public hearing on my bill to establish a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin. If you aren't able to come, please feel free to…

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