Pubdate: Mon, 08 Nov 2004
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2004 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Gary Storck
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


In Montana, a state where voters supported George Bush by a 59-38
percent margin, they also passed a medical marijuana initiative by a
62-38 percent margin. This made Montana the 10th U.S. state to pass a
law specifically exempting from prosecution patients and caregivers
cultivating and possessing marijuana for medical use with a doctor's

Here in Wisconsin, polling has established 80.3% support statewide for
medical marijuana. However, the legislature's GOP leadership has
ensured every bill introduced since 1997 has died in committee without
a hearing or any debate. Is there a chance that medical marijuana --
something the people of Wisconsin overwhelmingly support, something
that unites us rather than divides us -- will be allowed to be debated
and voted up or down rather than dying in committee again?

Gary Storck, Madison
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