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December 22, 2009

Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Hearing Recap & Action Alert

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Below you will find a recap of the Dec. 15, 2009 combined committee hearing as well as an action alert on how to help pass the JRMMA. As always, visit JRMMA.org for the latest news and information.

MADISON: Support from hearing attendees was overwhelming, and media interest high, for the Dec. 15 combined committee hearing on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. The JRMMA, Assembly Bill 554/Senate Bill 368), is sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee). A sampling of coverage is linked from JRMMA.org. The entire 8 hour hearing can be viewed online on Wisconsin Eye.

Those arriving close to the hearings start time found the large hearing room standing room only, with attendees crowding hallways leading in to the hearing room.

The final tally for the day was 57 who attended registered in support, with only one registered against. 48 people testified in support, with only 5 against. Those five were Dr. Michael Miller, State Medical Society, Kevin St. John, Wisconsin DOJ on behalf of AG Van Hollen, Charles Wood, Wisconsin Narcotics Officer Association, Robert Block, State of Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board and the fifth was a private citizen.

While media focused on negative comments from Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), The Medical Society's Dr. Michael Miller and other naysayers, eloquent testimony was heard from patient after patient who stayed long after the reporters left. It was a testimony itself to the toughness of this room of survivors that they came out on such a cold day and waited in pain long hours to testify. These stories of courage in the face of great adversity are emblematic of the Wisconsin spirit.

What comes next?

The two committees, the Assembly Committee on Public Health and the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue must now deliberate and vote on the bills. Only when the bills are voted out of committee will the JRMMA move to the floor of each chamber, the Assembly and the Senate, for a floor vote.

What you can do:

Please call your representative and senator. If they already are sponsors or co-sponsors, please thank them. If they aren't, let them know you are disappointed and ask them to support compassionate medical marijuana policy. If you live in the district of any committee members, please contact them and ask that they vote for the JRMMA when the committee votes on the bill sometime after the holidays. Please contact IMMLY at immly@immly.org with any information on your contact with the legislator. We need to develop a network of calls and contacts to make sure legislators support this bill. We need to know who says they support it and who is against. Let us know about fence-sitters who may just need more info. This goes for both committee members as well as all lawmakers. If they are against, ask for reasons why. If you can provide any info on a lawmakers position whatsoever, please let IMMLY know at immly@immly.org

Here is a list of the committees and members:

Health Committees and Members from combined public hearing on JRMMA on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 who must now debate JRMMA and vote on it in committee:

Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue 

Senator Jon Erpenbach (Chair)

Senator Tim Carpenter (Vice-Chair)

Senator Judith Robson

Senator Julie Lassa

Senator Mary Lazich

Senator Ted Kanavas

Senator Alberta Darling

Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Public Health

Representative Chuck Benedict (Chair)

Representative Sandy Pasch (Vice-Chair)

Representative Kristen Dexter

Representative Penny Bernard Schaber

Representative Patricia Strachota

Representative Leah Vukmir

Representative Scott Newcomer

Send pre-written letter to Legislators: http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=14115736

Posted by Gary at December 22, 2009 05:27 PM


Thank you for posting my dec letter to the journal sentinal. I am a 47 year old disabled Veteran, I lost a 12 year career to an illness that has left me with alot of nausea. It is strange to go from a solider who would fight and die for his country to a criminal. All because I use a natural herbal medicine? What are we becoming?

Posted by: Brett Waite [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2010 06:33 PM

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