In Politics: For the Health of It

September 20, 2007

Doug Hissom, On Milwaukee Magazine

Some state legislators are trying the get Wisconsin out of the mainstream when it comes to pot laws. The latest effort is being billed as "the most comprehensive medical marijuana legislation to date," according to bill sponsors, state Reps. Frank Boyle (D-Superior) and Mark Pocan (D-Madison).

The bill would allow patients with serious illnesses including cancer and multiple sclerosis to have pot prescribed as part of their treatment. The two are calling the bill the "Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act," marking the 10th anniversary of Rickert leading a 210-mile wheelchair trek across the state that advocated medicinal marijuana.

It's the fifth time such a bill has been proffered in the state Legislature, dating back to 1997. In the last session of Legislature, medical pot received larger headlines when former state Rep. Gregg Underheim, a Republican, sponsored the bill. Medicinal marijuana is legal in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

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