Wisconsin might be joining the medical marijuana community…just as soon as the Republicans get kicked out during a recall. I know, that’s hoping for a lot, but maybe not?!
Via the Examiner:
The office of State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) has confirmed that the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA) is now in drafting. They also report that State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) is again prepared to be the lead Senate sponsor, with Rep. Pocan again the Assembly lead sponsor. It is unknown when the bill will be ready and there is not yet any timeline on when it would be introduced.
You see that last part? Yeah, I’m sorta bummed too, and I know all the tokers at University of Wisconsin–Madison are as well. For someone that doesn’t understand, it means it’s gonna be in committee forever, or at least until Democrats take back control of the legislature.
Republicans currently control both houses of the legislature as well as the governor’s office. With many Republican leaders staunch medical cannabis opponents, chances of passage are not good in the short term. But with pending State Senate recall elections targeting Republican state senators, the balance of power in the Senate could shift with as few as 3 seat pickups by Democratic candidates. In one recall, JRMMA opponent Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), is facing Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood), a nurse who was a cosponsor of the 2009-2010 JRMMA.
So a set of recall elections might realign the statehouse and Wisconsin will get some medical herb. In the immortal words of American Adventurers Meriwhether Lewis, and William Clark: “HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!”
But, it doesn’t really make any difference. Before long, a majority of the states will have enacted medical marijuana laws because the majority of the republic agrees with it’s medical capabilities. I’m as shocked as you are by American’s ability to get something right.
[Examiner; pic via SE Wisconsin Norml]