A bipartisan group of state legislators has introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, according to media reports. The bill, from Republican Sen. Patrick Testin and Democrats Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor, was being circulated among lawmakers for cosponsors on Friday.
Testin said in a statement that for him, legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis in Wisconsin is a personal issue.
“Growing up, my grandfather was one of my heroes. I watched as cancer robbed him of his strength and vitality,” he said. “I saw him make the decision to go outside the law to seek treatment with medical marijuana. It restored his appetite, and I believe it added months to his life. Doctors and patients, not government, should decide if cannabis is the right treatment.”
Under the measure, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services would be required to establish a medical cannabis registry and issue identification cards to patients with a qualifying condition such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other serious medical conditions. Patients’ regular physicians will be required to request identifications cards from the state registry on their patients’ behalf.
The proposed legislation would also require that medical marijuana producers, manufacturers,