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August 02, 2013

Capital Times: In medical marijuana battle, Wisconsin likely won't go the way of Illinois anytime soon

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, August 2, 2013

Capital Times looks at ramifications of Illinois mmj law.

Source: Capital Times
August 2, 2013
By JESSICA VANEGEREN

Capital Times: In medical marijuana battle, Wisconsin likely won't go the way of Illinois anytime soon

Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana Thursday, joining Michigan as the second of Wisconsin’s neighboring states to do so.

Patients seeking treatment still face an uphill battle to make the drug legal for medicinal purposes in Wisconsin, but that’s not stopping several state Democrats from trying.

Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, are co-sponsoring a bill that Taylor said is still in the drafting phase and should be ready to introduce in the fall legislative session.

Read full article here.

Posted by Gary at 08:54 AM | Comments (0)

Wisconsin Radio Ntework: Legalized pot in neighboring Illinois

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, August 2, 2013

Article about signing of Illinois mmj bill yesterday.

Source: Wisconsin Radio Network
Legalized pot in neighboring Illinois
August 2, 2013 By Jackie Johnson

A medicinal marijuana advocate in Wisconsin is happy patients of chronic disease in Illinois will soon have access to pot for their pain. Gary Storck is co-founder of Is My Medicine Legal Yet? (IMMLY). He says while it’s a move in the right direction for our nation, it doesn’t give him any renewed hope for Wisconsin.

“I think in Wisconsin we’ll see it someday, but the Republicans are solidly against any kind of a pot law, you know, even though the overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites wants medical marijuana to be legalized, and have for more than ten years.”

Illinois is now the 20th state in the nation with a medical marijuana law. As for Wisconsin, Storck says the forward state is going backward. Republicans have a bill (senate bill) making its way through a legislative committee that would more severely prosecute those using even small amounts of cannabis.

“There’s a lot of Wisconsinites using medical marijuana today illegally because they really have no other choice and they wanna have a quality of life and some dignity.”

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act on Thursday, but Storck is disappointed that it is too restrictive. He says it was designed more with law enforcement concerns in mind rather than the needs of patients.

The new law allows individuals with chronic diseases to get a special ID card that allows them to buy limited amounts of medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries. making Illinois the 20th state in the nation with a medical marijuana program. The law goes into effect on January 1.

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