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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  • by barnibus Location: chippewa falls on Jan 7, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Booze and cigarettes kill a ridiculous amount of people in this country alone every year. Marijuana has killed not a single person in the span of 10,000 years of recorded history. Anybody who is against the legalization of marijuana really needs to do some reading up on the subject, because it was not too long ago that marijuana was very much legal - lies and propaganda ruined that and i challenge every one to check out "the emporer wears no clothes" - the truth of cannabis hemp are in the pages of that book. i realized after being informed about the truths of marijuana, how misinformed i had been this whole time. It is being referred to as medical marijuana because - no way - yes it is medicine - "the safest plant known to mankind" a certain attorney general once said - go look it up if you don't believe me.
  • by collin Location: spokane wa on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    how is weed bad 4 u when the government givs it 2 people
  • by Anon Location: Eau Claire on Jan 4, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    StormCrow - Where are you getting your statistics from? Those statistics aren't even accurate in California, while in the state of Wisconsin polls actually show that less than 50% support it. As you said, "You can't make an informed decision about anything without the facts." "Please educate yourself . . . " You are another example of how certain supporters of a viable issue are taking the legitimacy out of it and making it a joke to the point where the public and politicians are not interested in looking into legalizing it. By skewing the numbers and exaggerating, you are not presenting yourself as a respectable advocate.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington...pick one...move.
  • by jim Location: chippewa on Jan 4, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    you are all way off. if the government would make it leagal that would be the best thing in many ways. for one thing you could hit it hard with tax and make alot of money. Not only that all people are doing is make the bad guys rich by then selling on the streets if the government made it leagal you would not have to worrie about that problem anymore.
  • by Brian Location: Strum on Jan 4, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    It really is a shame how many people want to legalize marijuana. What's next, legalizing meth because it keeps you awake? I know several "recreational" users of weed, and I sadly consider them stupid people. Not just in their choice to use weed, but they are truly not the brightest people anymore. I have watched them become less intelligent. Legalize marijuana, then we can have more people with lung cancer. yeah!!!! Ridiculous.
  • by Jose Location: Arcadia on Jan 4, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    You can get it anywhere, it basically is legal.
  • by StormCrow Location: Weed, CA on Jan 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    They better warm up to the idea if they want to be re-elected! If you run a search on the polls about cannabis, between 60 and 90 percent of the US (depends on the area) supports medical cannabis use! Cannabis is more popular than virtually every politician! Would someone please give the politician who wanted more facts before deciding, a copy of my "Granny Storm Crow's list"? He really needs an education about the medical uses of cannabis! Alzheimer's, arthritis, diabetes, PTSD, epilepsy, MS, some cancers, nausea, fibro, glaucoma, neuropathic pain, Crohn's/IBS and so much more can be treated with cannabis! But please, DON'T believe me! Run the search for my list and access hundreds of medical studies and articles about cannabis! Read the proof for yourself and then make an informed decision! You can't make an informed decision about anything without the facts. Medical studies report the FACTS! Please educate yourself about this amazing healing herb! Thank you.
  • by Michele Location: Booneyville on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    I agree. The state is always whining they don't have any money. If you legalize marijuana, you can tax the snot out of it like you do everything else.
  • by Anon Location: Eau Claire on Jan 4, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    The picture says it all for this article. "Medical" marijuana is available in a pill form which can be more accurately measured for an appropriate dose with little side-effects - smoking it, using a bong makes it nearly impossible to ensure that the correct dosage is being used and side-effects due to smoking come into play. When will the advocates for medical marijuana get it through their heads that if they want it to be accepted in the medical arena, then USE it as a medical treatment, not as a recreational activity. Again, the picture says it all. There is no need for the bong when a pill is available; however, I get the impression that some of the supporters aren't interested in a pill form of it. They support it in the name of medicine, yet have no intent to use it for such reasons. It's sad to see what could be an effective treatment for health issues not get taken seriously because of its own supporters.
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