Wisconsin Assembly UNANIMOUSLY approves marijuana extract; bill now heads to Gov. Walker

Montana Leggett  The Badger Herald

Montana Leggett The Badger Herald

A bill aiming to ease access to a treatment for seizures and other medical conditions is on its way to the governor. "Now we're able to deliver it".

"For some, it's been too late".

Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) said the bill should go further, since it would let families possess the oils but technically they are still breaking the law when ordering them. A measure previous year stalled after a few lawmakers feared it would lead to legalization of marijuana. The oil doesn't produce a high. Under the measure that passed 98-0, parents would have to get the oil elsewhere and bring it back to the state in violation of federal law.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate unanimously passed CCW renewal reform legislation, Senate Bill 7, by a voice vote.

The House voted 54 to 13 in favor of the bill. Supporters of the amendment say it makes no sense to keep the office since its duties have been all-but eliminated in recent years.

The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the measure, saying it will sidestep the scientifically valid process of determining whether experimental drugs can help certain patients. "Walker will sign the bill quickly", said the bill's Senate sponsor, Van Wanggaard, R-Racine. 28 states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana and countless studies around the US and the world have verified marijuana's medicinal use.

Two Democratic medical marijuana proposals introduced this session are unlikely to go anywhere. "I just want to make sure it's not so broad as to open the door to legalizing marijuana in the state". Despite the concerns, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters in February, "I'm not an expert on medical marijuana, but I certainly have no problem with saying, 'If you have a honest medical need and your doctor prescribes it and it's done under the normal process of any other opiate, I would be open to that.'" His sentiment seems to be echoed by the other Wisconsin lawmakers as the bill passed 98-0 on Tuesday.

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