Wisconsin Nurses Testify For Medical Marijuana
November 26, 2005
The Wisconsin Nurses Association testified in support of a medical marijuana bill sponsored by Rep. Gregg Underheim, R-Oshkosh, at an Assembly committee hearing Tuesday.
Assembly Bill 740 provides a "medical necessity defense" for marijuana-related prosecutions and property seizures.
"It is difficult for nurses to remain silent when seriously ill patients are denied access to an effective medical treatment," said Gina Dennik-Champion, executive director of the nurses association. "We support this legislation because there is medical research that indicates that marijuana can serve as a form of medical treatment for specific health problems such as nausea, vomiting, pain, and glaucoma when other treatments fail."