Medical marijuana legislation introduced in Madison
On Thursday, October 3, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D – Middleton), Rep. Chris Taylor (D – Madison), and local patients held a press conference to announce the re-introduction of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. Sen. Erpenbach continues his championing of patients’ rights, while Rep. Taylor takes the torch from former state Representative Mark Pocan, who was elected to Congress.
Please email your state representative and state senator urging them to support this compassionate legislation. If you are a patient with a serious medical condition who could benefit from medical marijuana, the loved one of a patient, or a supportive medical professional, please email email@example.com to get involved. Please include your address or nine-digit zip code, so we can determine who your legislators are.
Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act heard in committee (2009)
This is not the first time that medical marijuana has been up for discussion in Wisconsin. On December 15, 2009, a joint health committee met to hear arguments for and against the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. The hearing room was packed with patients, activists, and supporters all there to help Wisconsin pass effective medical marijuana legislation. The committee heard from both patients and advocates, including Robert Capecchi of the Marijuana Policy Project. MPP appreciates all those who came out to support this bill and all those who have given time and effort but were unable to make the journey to Madison. Unfortunately, the bill was not given a committee vote before the regular session adjourned.
We expect medical marijuana legislation to be reintroduced in Madison, so please make sure your elected officials are aware that the public supports medical marijuana. Please ask them to co-sponsor this vital legislation.
For coverage of the 2009 hearing, please see the following videos:
Compilation of patient testimony.
Click to watch the "12/15/09 Joint Committee On Health" video archive for full hearing coverage.
The legal status of marijuana in Wisconsin
An individual in Wisconsin convicted of mere possession of less than an ounce of marijuana faces a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000! Ask your legislators to support legislation that replaces the threat of jail time and the disastrous criminal record that accompanies a criminal conviction for marijuana possession with a simple civil fine. This simple policy change would allow law enforcement to focus on violent crimes. It would also help reduce the consequences of alarming racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. According to the ACLU, African-Americans in Wisconsin are almost six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as their white neighbors are.
You can also ask your elected officials to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older and to regulate it like alcohol.
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