The following editorial was published in Monday’s Wisconsin State Journal:


In general, we’re not keen on looking to Illinois for leadership and direction on, well, almost anything.

But Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn did the right thing last week when he signed into law a bill that approves medical marijuana for Illinois residents, making our neighbor to the south the 20th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize pot for medical purposes.

Wisconsin should step up and do the same, an act that would give our residents who suffer from many debilitating conditions the same relief that is available now in nearly half the country.

Another Midwest neighbor, Michigan, approved medical marijuana five years ago. Other states made the leap as far back as the late 1990s.

From Maine (1999) to New Mexico (2007), from Alaska (1998) to Massachusetts (2012), the medical marijuana movement is taking hold.

And why not? Cancer patients, back pain sufferers and scores of others who deal with chronic illnesses from glaucoma to HIV report finding relief from marijuana use, whether the legal or illegal versions of the plant.

Many of those patients lined up last week to tell their stories as Quinn signed into law the four-year trial program in Illinois that will start Jan. 1.

The Illinois plan calls for strict controls on both growers and users of medical marijuana. The rules vary from state to state, and Illinois appears to have among the tightest controls in the nation.

Of course, those rules that regulate how much and when and how users can obtain the medical pot are too loose for opponents of the plan and too tight for supporters.

Which probably means the rules are about right.

Four years ago, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and then-state Rep. Mark Pocan, a Madison Democrat now serving in Congress, tried for a medical marijuana bill in Wisconsin.

That proposed bill led to public hearings but fizzled in committee. But a new effort to make pot legal for medical use in Wisconsin may not be far off.

Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, told The Capital Times last week she and Erpenbach plan to introduce another bill this fall.

“It would be fairly tightly controlled,” Taylor said. “Given that, I would hope some Republicans would support this.”

We would, too. Wisconsin is way past due on approving medical marijuana.

(20) comments

urallmales

Marijuana is medicine that should be able to be consumed by anyone regardless of having any ailments or not! it's a very healthy vegetable and herb. End of story. Legalize it.

Ur all males

deezus
deezus

Just legalize it already. The government and U.S. taxpayers lost the war on weed a long time ago. Marijuana prohibition ruins lives, fill prisons, and overwhelms our legal system. Treat it the same as alcohol and profit in many ways. Anybody who consumes alcohol and is against marijuana legalization is the epitome of a hypocrite.

HankRearden

Legalize it. But we need massive cuts to our "social programs" or even more hippies will sit around and live off the producers.

Napoleon
Napoleon

GregLuceReerden: "...live off the producers...."

...and just what is it that you produce, Luce? Some lame script kiddie web pages, from what I've read around here. Nothing of real value, surely!

Saw your pic here too a while back too: paunchy fat fellow, that Greg Luce.... not lean and fit like a true producer! Do you sit in front of a TV eating chocolate bon-bons all day? Luce, get your fat butt up off that couch! Get fit! Get lean! Produce something!

"It is generally assumed that script kiddies are juveniles who lack the ability to write sophisticated hacking programs or exploits on their own, and that their objective is to try to impress their friends or gain credit in computer-enthusiast communities.[4] The term is typically pejorative."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Script_kiddie

Napoleon
Napoleon

Marijuana is not medicine... if you're truly concerned about the needs of cancer patients, then you know that there's no need to administer THC via smoke... there's already an FDA-approved THC pill:

"The Myth of Medical Marijuana"

"Although marijuana is not medicine, there are some medications that do contain THC. Marinol® is synthetic (i.e., human-made) THC made into a pill. It is FDA-approved to relieve nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy."

"Why Isn’t Marijuana an FDA-Approved Medication?"

"...marijuana has harmful effects, especially when it is smoked, that must be considered. Smoking marijuana can cause a chronic cough and increased risk of bronchitis and other lung infections. It can also interfere with learning and memory, affect driving (especially if combined with alcohol), make some people anxious and paranoid, and can lead to addiction."

http://headsup.scholastic.com/manage_articles/the-myth-of-medical-marijuana

Napoleon
Napoleon

Buggs: "Not only should marijuana be legal, and not just for medicinal purposes. All drugs should be legal. Our streets, homes, property, and lives would all be safer"

Including meth? PCP? Heroin?

Legalize all drugs? That's just flat-out wrong. You greatly underestimate the effects these drugs have on their users.

We legalized alcohol. Contrary to popular myth, crime associated with booze worsened, the costs to all of us increased, the negative effects increased. I'd know: I lost two family members to DUI offenders. I lost several more to the effects of booze.

I've lost family to drug abuse too. How is it possible not to know, at this stage of the game, what drugs do to users? Do you live in a plastic bubble?

Legalization doesn't make the problems with drugs magically go away. Drug users would still do crimes to pay for their habits..can't earn $$ when on meth. The harmful medical effects don't magically go away:

Meth mouth

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meth_mouth

Napoleon
Napoleon

Medical marijuana? Medical? Yeah. Right.

Don't fall for it. Don't drink the 'legalize drugs' Kool-Aid. Most MM advocates are just ex-hippies from the '60s looking to get the stuff legalized... for themselves, not for sick cancer patients. You already pay tons of tax dollars to clean up problems associated with booze and smokes... do you need another set of problems to pay for? The druggies always dump the costs on you!

"CA: Police Seek Two Suspects in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Killings"

"Police are searching for two suspects in last week’s double homicide at the First Reliable medical marijuana collective in Bakersfield, California."

"The first suspect is identified as 32 year old Aaron Burris, who police say is a known member of the East Side Crips gang. Police say Burris pulled the trigger in what is believed to be a robbery attempt at the dispensary."

http://www.thedailychronic.net/2013/24728/ca-police-seek-two-suspects-in-medical-marijuana-dispensary-killings/

Napoleon
Napoleon

Medical marijuana: Trojan Horse for drug cartels.

Medical marijuana: not medical at all, because there are better options to relieve pain. Fakeroo!

Even state officials fear getting their heads blown off at the pot farms:

"As in many rural counties in California, marijuana farms are becoming more and more plentiful. They proliferate in the high Sierra, where armed Mexican cartel operatives clear wilderness areas, divert creeks and poison wildlife."

"They hoped to charge growers under federal and state clean water regulations with tougher penalties than the infractions local officials could impose. But they were rebuffed."

"It's too dangerous, the state agency in charge of protecting the region's water said in a letter to county supervisors."

'"We simply cannot, in good conscience, put staff in harm's way," wrote Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Executive Director Paula Creedon.'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/marijuana-pollution_n_3686627.html

Only1Green

Can someone define "fairly tightly controlled" for me?

Buggs Raplin

Not only should marijuana be legal, and not just for medicinal purposes. All drugs should be legal. Our streets, homes, property, and lives would all be safer, and the tax savings from reduced costs for prisons, jails. corrections officers, district attorneys, probation agents, judges, police, sheriff's deputies and the DEA would be astronomical. Yes, there'd be more addicts, but hopefully they'd get treatment. There's no perfect solution, but legalization's benefits far outweigh its negatives.

Napoleon
Napoleon

Buggs: "Not only should marijuana be legal, and not just for medicinal purposes. All drugs should be legal. Our streets, homes, property, and lives would all be safer"

Including meth? PCP? Heroin?

Legalize all drugs? That's just flat-out wrong. You greatly underestimate the effects these drugs have on their users.

We legalized alcohol. Contrary to popular myth, crime associated with booze worsened, the costs to all of us increased, the negative effects increased. I'd know: I lost two family members to DUI offenders. I lost several more to the effects of booze.

I've lost family to drug abuse too. How is it possible not to know, at this stage of the game, what drugs do to users? Do you live in a plastic bubble?

Legalization doesn't make the problems with drugs magically go away. Drug users would still do crimes to pay for their habits..can't earn $$ when on meth. The harmful medical effects don't magically go away:

Meth mouth

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meth_mouth

Bill O'Rights

The medical use of marijuana has been supported by both the Mayo and Gundersen health care systems in papers published in their in-house publications. There apparently in no question that marijuana is very effective for a variety of medical problems.

FUBAR

"The medical use of marijuana has been supported by both the Mayo and Gundersen health care systems"

It is also supported by most pot heads across the nation.

Napoleon
Napoleon

;-)

Napoleon
Napoleon

Bill O'Rights: "The medical use of marijuana has been supported by both the Mayo and Gundersen health care systems in papers published in their in-house publications."

Yes, but under very controlled conditions, mostly in pill form, and mostly for terminally-ill patients under specific circumstances, like Stage 4 breast cancer. The smoked form is for old hippies from the '60s.

It's curious, though, that among thousands and thousands of drugs prescribed by doctors all over the world, only THC is best administered by smoking the stuff! Curious, indeed! No aspirin in 'smokeable' form, no Darvon to be smoked in a pipe, no hookahs for Tylenol!

G-L also connects marijuana with cancer and chronic bronchitis.. as a cause:

http://www.gundersenenvision.org/healthlibrary/default.aspx?pTitle=quiz&ContentTypeID=40&ContentID=DrugsMarijuanaQuiz

FUBAR

"And why not? Cancer patients, back pain sufferers"

Yup, back pain the easiest thing to fake....if Pot was legal, you just watch the rise in "back pain" issues in this state go up...We will have Badger Care, Food Stamp Government housing people crying for some pot for their "over worked" backs.

Deadwood subscriber
Deadwood subscriber

So you favor straight-up legalization so we don't have to create sham maladies just to get our cannabis?

FUBAR

@Deadwood"

LOL....I don't care, make it illegal make it legal it makes NO difference to me. I just know that if it is made legal for medical purposes we will all of a sudden be seeing more 30 year old men walking around with canes or driving Hoverounds.

Lets just skip the stupid medical phase & legalize it. How many more careers do we gotta ruin, how many more people do we gotta throw in jail, for choosing to use drugs. People think of prohibition was tyranny. People thought Bloomberg's push for limiting fountain drink sizes was tyranny. But it just doesn't compute, doesn't correlate. Logic works both ways though, if you give them the power to take your drugs, you give them the power to take your booze, your soda, your tomatoes, your raw milk. Congress critters write the laws, various law enforcement agencies enforce them, and people on the wrong side of the coin obey them, or else!
If we aren't protected from this arbitrariness-- the ability to jail someone for committing an act that doesn't directly violate someone else's rights, nor lead to correlated chances of an individual doing so(i.e. drunk driving)-- in our federal constitution- to also safeguard us from state arbitrariness- then we should amend it.
Let freedom reign!

wow that is a wall of text. tldr;? Don't vote.

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