Pubdate: Sat, 28 Dec 2013
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)
Copyright: 2013 Journal Sentinel Inc.
Author: Gary Storck


The bill mandating screening of newborns is not the only health care 
legislation that state Rep. Erik Severson (R-Star Prairie) and Sen. 
Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) are refusing to hear in committee ("Bills 
requiring critical newborn test stall," Dec. 22).

Also sitting in both committees is the Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis 
Act (JRMCA), which was introduced in October by Sen. Jon Erpenbach 
(D-Middleton), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and 16 co-sponsors, four 
senators and 12 assembly representatives.

Wisconsinites overwhelmingly support medical cannabis legalization, 
yet Vukmir and Severson, both with health care backgrounds, are 
literally holding back the progress of medicine in our state by 
refusing a hearing. Vukmir has historically been extremely hostile to 
medical cannabis and put on quite the show at the most recent 
hearings on medical cannabis, on Dec. 15, 2009, when Democrats held 
the majority.

As one who was born with both heart defects and glaucoma, I am 
offended that these bills, both with overwhelming public support, 
should languish and die in committee when so many Wisconsinites can 
directly and immediately benefit, from newborns to senior citizens.

Gary Storck

Is My Medicine Legal YET?

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