State leaders are not fans of legalizing medical marijuana

By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email
By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Legislative leaders in Wisconsin are cool to the idea of legalizing medical marijuana.

In separate interviews, neither Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker of Weston nor Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan of Janesville expressed support for the proposal.

Decker says more work needs to be done on the bill.

And Sheridan says he needs more information before he can take a position.

Sheridan says lawmakers have to be careful that legalizing marijuana for medical reasons doesn't become a "slippery slope" toward full legalization of pot.

Backers of legalizing medical marijuana say it will help the chronically ill deal with pain. But opponents including the Wisconsin Medical Society say there are better and more effective alternatives.

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