Will Wisconsin Catch Up to Neighbors’ Marijuana Laws? – Volume One

A medical cannabis dispensary in Colorado, one of 38 states that allow for medical use of marijuana. Coloroad is also one of 23 states that have legalized recreational use of cannabis. (Photo by O’Dea at Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0)

When it comes to marijuana laws, Wisconsin may be on the verge of taking a few steps toward catching up to its neighbors – three of whom allow both medical and recreational cannabis use. As of January, several bills are pending in the state Legislature in Madison that would loosen the state’s strict prohibition of pot.

One recent proposal, backed by Assembly Republicans, would allow medical marijuana to be sold in the state, although only at five state-run dispensaries. The bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. Jon Plumer, R-Lodi, was unveiled at a state Capitol press conference on Jan. 8.

“We’ve come up with a program I think is going to be very beneficial to a lot of Wisconsinites,” said Plumer, the assistant majority leader in the Assembly.

Under the bill, patients with certain medical conditions – including cancer, HIV/AIDS, seizures and epilepsy, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, severe chronic pain or nausea, or a terminal illness – who want

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