November 27, 2008
Response to 11/20 Green Bay Press Gazette editorial on medical cannabis in WI
Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, November 27, 2008
On Nov. 20, the Green Bay Press Gazette published an editorial. "Medical marijuana is worth study", which I posted here: click here.
I sent the following response, which to date, has not been published in the Gazette.
Thank you for your sensible editorial, “Medical marijuana is worth study” (Nov. 20).
However, in stating, “There is no need to rush to judgment, but lawmakers should investigate the idea by holding hearings to gauge public support”, the Press Gazette underestimates the urgent need for legal access to medical cannabis for Wisconsin patients and families, while ignoring hearings already held in the last several years.
Then-State Rep. Gregg Underheim held a hearing on his medical marijuana bill in Nov. 2005, and State Sen. Jon Erpenbach convened an informational hearing on medical cannabis in Nov. 2007. Polling in 2002 and 2005 also found overwhelming support statewide.
The groundwork for passing a bill like Michigan’s and the 12 other states has already been done. The only reason the issue has remained stalled in the legislature is because the outgoing leadership in the Assembly has been extremely hostile to the idea of medical cannabis, dating back to bills introduced in the mid-1990’s.
State lawmakers who truly represent their constituents know that medical cannabis deserves passage as soon as possible. Delaying matters further only places patients and their loved ones in the difficult position of either breaking the law or allowing a loved one or family member to suffer greatly. That is not the way to treat people in pain.
Director of communications,
Is My Medicine Legal YET? www.immly.org
Posted by Gary at November 27, 2008 09:36 AM
The time for studies is long past. To call for research now, after 70 years of prohibition and government denial only opens the door 4 further stalling tactics on the part of intransigent political hacks. Decriminalization helps more people without spending a penny on continued punitive regulation. NJ State Senator and occasional NJ Gov, Richard Codey claims that a medical marijuana exemption in the law would "be too difficult to administer". He is partially right in that it could lead to ever more bureaucracy and leaves the door open to police violating the privacy of citizens with the pretense of coming in to count their plants. Let's end this oppression for EVERYONE!
Posted by: sage at November 29, 2008 05:15 AM
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