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Wisconsin’s Assembly Speaker wants to play doctor

Scott Robert Shaw



Clearly, Wisconsin has a long way to go before marijuana is legalized in the state. Our neighbors are more progressive on this issue. By next year, three of Wisconsin’s four neighboring states will have legalized some form of marijuana use. Recreational use is legal in Michigan, and will be next year in Illinois. Minnesota has approved marijuana for medicinal use. Governor Tony Evers has called for the decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot, and the legalization of medicinal marijuana. Clearly that is a tough sell in Wisconsin’s Republican controlled legislature. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is opposed not only to legalizing recreational pot use, but also medicinal marijuana. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos opposes the legalization of marijuana, but is open to legalizing its use for medicinal purposes. With some caveats. Vos announced this week that while he is willing to support medical uses of pot, but not if it can be smoked. Vos says medicinal marijuana should not be smoked, or eaten as an edible. He only wants it available in pill form. Really? He says he doesn’t want children to get at medical marijuana, but aren’t they more likely to accidentally swallow a pill than light up a joint? What difference does it make what form the medicine takes? We should make it available in whatever form people who need it want it, and in ways it is most effective to ease their pain. Vos is no doctor, but thinks he knows best for ill patients. Clearly, Wisconsin will not move quickly on providing relief to those who may benefit from the legalization of medicinal marijuana.

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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    Mike Stolpa

    October 31, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Our legislatures in Madison have taken Big Government to new heights. Apparently, in Wisconsin, Big Brother is a Republican.

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