June 16, 2014
Gary Storck: Examiner.com: As predicted WI Cannabidiol medical marijuana bill provisions made it symbolic
Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, June 16, 2014
My look at Wisconsin's failed new CBD law.
When Wisconsin lawmakers hastily introduced and passed a bill authorizing the use of hemp oil containing cannabidiol for childhood seizures, whole plant cannabis advocates warned the bill language would only be symbolic. Now those advocates have been proven correct.
A Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article on Monday, June 16, "Law allowing marijuana derivative for treatment of seizures remains unused," quoted bill sponsor State Rep. Robb Kahl (D-Monona) as saying, "It wasn't going to be passed without " adding the FDA requirement."
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June 06, 2014
Cap Times: Letter: Gary Storck: Medical marijuana legal in 22 states — but not Wisconsin
Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, June 6, 2014
Had this letter published today in the Capital Times.
Dear Editor: I have suffered from glaucoma and other serious medical conditions since birth. Thirty-five years ago, my ophthalmologist wrote in a letter, "I am familiar with reports that marijuana lowers intraocular pressure in many people who have glaucoma. If marijuana were available for me to prescribe to this patient, I would be willing to do so, in the hope it would adequately control his condition with fewer side effects than the medications currently available."
Eight years earlier, when I had smoked marijuana before a checkup, another eye doctor found my usually highly elevated eye pressures were normal.
Wisconsin legislators passed a law in 1982 signed by Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus that legalized pot for patients with cancer and glaucoma but left the supply up to federal authorities.
Comprehensive medical cannabis legislation like AB 480/SB 363, the Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act, has failed to get out of committee session after session, despite overwhelming public support.
Meanwhile, even the U.S. House recently voted to end federal raids in states that have passed medical marijuana laws with the Wisconsin delegation voting 5-3 in favor as well.
Testifying at a 1979 hearing at the Capitol, cancer patient and former Madison Ald. Donald Murdoch said, "It would be cruel not to pass this legislation for fear that people might misinterpret our intent. Marijuana can help. I know from my own experience."
Murdoch's words remain true today, and medical cannabis is now the law of the land in 22 states. But for Wisconsin patients, there seems to be no end in sight for the cruelty as the wait for legal access extends into decades.