Daily Bread for 1.28.22: Another Try for Medical Marijuana Legislation

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Friday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 16.  Sunrise is 7:12 AM and sunset 5:03 PM for 9h 51m 20s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 18.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1959, the Packers name Vince Lombardi head coach. He had been the offensive backfield coach of the New York Giants for the previous five seasons. Lombardi went on to coach the Packers for nine years, winning five NFL Championships and victories in Super Bowls I and II.

Christine Hatfield reports Republican lawmakers spearhead another attempt at medical marijuana in Wisconsin (‘Limited proposal unlikely to survive legislative process’):

Two Wisconsin Republicans announced another attempt Wednesday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Bill sponsors say they want to join 36 states already offering that treatment, but the proposal faces opposition on both sides of the aisle.

The bill would allow patients under a limited list of qualified conditions to use medical marijuana with a referral from a doctor.

State Rep. Pat Snyder, R-Schofield, who is the bill’s sponsor, said the measure would create a tight regulatory structure for medical marijuana while giving patients multiple options for using it.

“Patients will have the legal means to receive the help they need, tax-free,” said Snyder.

The bill places a tax on producers selling to dispensaries, but not on patients or caregivers.

Bill sponsor state Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Tomahawk, said the issue of medical marijuana transcends party lines.

“When you look at the map of states where medical marijuana is legal, you’ll see conservative states like Florida and South Dakota and more liberal states like California and New York offering a compassionate option for those that need relief,” said Felzkowski.

It’s the second time Felzkowski has sponsored medical marijuana legislation. She advocated for a similar bill in 2019.

The legislation, however, still faces significant roadblocks within the Republican caucus. Last April, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said there wasn’t enough support in the party for medical marijuana.

Even a regulated step, for a limited number, is too far for the WISGOP majority.

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