Pubdate: Fri, 01 Nov 2002
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Gary Storck


Of Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Rep. Rick Skindrud has 
distinguished himself by his willingness to support legalizing the medical 
use of marijuana.

Skindrud used his chairmanship of the Assembly State Affairs committee to 
hold an informational hearing on medical marijuana in April 2001, that 
resulted in legislators getting to hear from a patient who has found 
medical marijuana an essential medicine, along with supportive testimony 
from the Wisconsin Nurses Association and others. Skindrud was the sole 
Republican cosponsor of a bill that would have made medical cannabis 
available for sick and dying Wisconsinites.

Skindrud has shown he can work on a bipartisan basis, a rare quality among 
GOP lawmakers. As a committee chair he has the clout to make things happen. 
Skindrud has the experience and skills that make a good legislator, and he 
deserves reelection.

Gary Storck

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