Eighteen Wisconsin lawmakers have signed on to a medical marijuana bill introduced yesterday, raising the hopes of medical marijuana activists in the Badger state.
State Rep. Chris Taylor and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach were joined by 16 other lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 363, which would allow medical marijuana patients to and grow their own supply up to twelve plants and keep up to three ounces of herb on them at a time.
The law would also create a state-regulated medical marijuana dispensary industry.
The rules proposed seem to be becoming standard across the country. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, glaucoma, aids, hepatitis, Alzheimer's disease, and several other chronic pain conditions.
Doctors would also be able to recommend cannabis for diseases or medical conditions that cause major nausea, extreme pain or seizures. Notably, the program would also include provisions for post-traumatic stress disorder.
No doubt opponents will say the bill is too broadly written, as is the case currently in XXX, which we reported earlier this week.
Dispensaries couldn't be located near schools, driving under the influence of cannabis would remain illegal, and dispensaries would have to test their cannabis for both potency and contaminates.
The bill is currently in the state Health and Human Services Committee.
This is the second time the pair have introduced the bill this session, which most say is destined for failure like their 2011 and 2012 attempts. Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature isn't too open to medical cannabis in their state.
Which is horribly out of touch with their state citizens feel.