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Wisconsin should legalize marijuana oil



If your child was sick, and the medicine that could help that child was illegal, wouldn’t you want them to have it anyway? Dozens of parents in Wisconsin do, and continue to push lawmakers to legalize a controversial drug they say could help their sick children. These are children who suffer from seizures whose symptoms can be helped with the use of cannibid oil. But cannibid oil is a derivative of marijuana, and some lawmakers remain opposed to its use as a result. Senator Van Wanggaard is again introducing legislation which would make it legal to possess the oil with a doctor’s permission. That is long overdue, especially to families whose children continue to battle seizures which could be calmed simply by a few drops of this oil. They have waited for years for Wisconsin to approve the use of this drug, waiting as their children continue to unnecessarily suffer. The wait may be nearly over. Some Madison lawmakers who opposed the oil, apparently fearing it would lead to the legalization of marijuana, are no longer in the legislature. And the new crop of lawmakers are more willing to consider the idea. 28 states have already approved the use of this drug. It is time for Wisconsin to do the same.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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