Testin, Taylor, Erpenbach announce bipartisan legalized medical marijuana bill

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WAUSAU Wis. (WAOW) — Senators Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point), Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) announced Friday morning, a bipartisan bill to legalize medical cannabis in Wisconsin.

The bill, according to a release, ‘recognizes that people should not have to engage in a criminal act to access medicine for debilitating conditions.’

“I reached out to senator erpenbach and representative taylor early on in the session and said hey why don’t we work on this together,” said Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point).

Last fall close to 1 million Wisconsin voters in 16 different counties and 2 cities in both red and blue parts of the state voiced their support for medical marijuana. This is the first bi-partisan bill to legalize the use of medical marijuana since 2001.
“It’s a situation where if somebody uses marijuana for medical purposes during their time of physical crisis and it helps them, who are we to say no you can’t have that,” said Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).
The proposed bill will create a tightly regulated process in eligibility for medical marijuana. The bill will allow people suffering from chronic, debilitating conditions to have access to alternative methods of pain relief.
The bill, as written right now would also ensure there’s legal means and opportunities to grow marijuana in Wisconsin, while possibly providing new sources of revenue for farmers.
Mason Dowling

Mason Dowling

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