Wisconsin Lawmakers Hold Hearings Over Medical Marijuana

November 21, 2005

Associated Press, WISN - TV Milwaukee

State lawmakers were holding a hearing Tuesday at which medical patients were expected to argue that marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes.


The star witness is scheduled to be Irv Rosenfeld, a 52-year-old stockbroker from Florida who has used marijuana legally for over 20 years because of medical conditions.


He's just one of seven remaining patients in the federal government's compassionate use program that supplies pot for medical patients. He says doctors should be able to prescribe the drug when needed.


Other witnesses are expected to urge that even more restrictions on marijuana use be loosened.

The hearings are in response to a bill by state Rep. Gregg Underheim that would legalize pot for patients with conditions such as cancer, glaucoma or HIV.

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