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Let people decide future of medical marijuana



What could be wrong with letting the people decide? Two Wisconsin lawmakers are introducing legislation calling for a statewide advisory referendum on the issue of medical marijuana. They also are calling for passage of the Compassionit Cannibis Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the Badger State. Similar legislation has been introduced before, but never even got a hearing in the last legislative session. Despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana for those with pain, those suffering from seizures, glaucoma and PTSD, Wisconsin lawmakers don’t even want to debate the issue. Our neighboring states have already legalized medicinal marijuana, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois. 28 states now have legalized the drug as a way to treat the ill. And its working. Studies show states which have legalized medical mariijuana have seen a drop in opiod overdoes, as they can turn to pot rather than pills. Wisconsin should get with the times and put this to an advisory referendum. It would no doubt show that a majority support the idea. 89% of Americans in a recent poll say they approve the medical use of marijuana. Perhaps that is why some lawmakers don’t want the people to decide. It would show that these lawmakers are on the wrong side of history.

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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