Amid increasing availability of marijuana in neighboring states, lawmakers in Wisconsin are vying to pass at least limited medical cannabis legislation.
Last week, following several unsuccessful attempts, two Republicans, Representative Mary Felzkowski and Senator Kathy Bernier, introduced a bill to legalize medical cannabis.
The bill is inspired by rising public support and their own personal experiences with cancer.
“Each one of us knows someone that has suffered through an illness. Medical marijuana is just another tool in the toolbox to help our suffering loved ones make it through the day with some semblance of normalcy,” said Felzkowski, who battled through cancer in 2014 with the help of strong opioids.
Had she had the chance to medicate with cannabis, Felzkowski says she would have jumped at the opportunity and feels that the federal government shouldn’t make those kinds of choices for her.
This latest bill to offer people suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, MS, PTSD, and other conditions alternative treatment would allow medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription access to weed and only in the form of liquid, oils, tinctures, and pills.
Support among Wisconsin GOP still scarce
Despite this being a rare attempt by members of the GOP to pass marijuana legalization bills, a fellow Republican appears to have already nipped the proposal in the bud.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of the Wisconsin state legislature said that, aside from him personally being against the bill, he feels his chamber would not be interested in the idea.
“It’s pretty sad when you have a majority leader and majority party that’s not doing what’s best for the public. I know there are Republicans out there that want to fix this medical marijuana bill, it should be a part of the solution to allow people to get the treatment they need,” Democratic Senator Dave Hansen commented on the news.
Meanwhile, as some Wisconsin residents explore the option of purchasing their cannabis products in the neighboring states of Michigan and Illinois, the sheriff’s department in Kenosha County warned that marijuana is still illegal in the Badger State.
“Wisconsin state laws and Kenosha’s local ordinances have not changed, and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will continue to operate as normal enforcing these laws and ordinances,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
“It is going to be business as usual for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. We will still enforce Wisconsin law even though the substance was legally purchased in Illinois,” they added.