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State medical marijuana bill to be proposed in fall


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Now that two of Wisconsin’s neighboring states allow medical marijuana, Democrats in the Badger State will try again to allow the same thing here.

Representative Chris Taylor and Senator Jon Erpenbach, both from the Madison area, expect to introduce their measure this fall.

Taylor says it’s still being drafted.

On Thursday, Illinois became the 20th state to allow medicinal marijuana.

Advocate Gary Storck of the group “Is My Medicine Legal Yet” says the Wisconsin Republican majority remains staunchly opposed, in spite of strong public support for medicinal pot for over 10 years.

Actually, it was Democrats who failed to get the last Wisconsin effort approved in 2009.

Erpenbach and former Assembly Democrat Mark Pocan were able to get public hearings for that measure, but it went no further.

Advocates lined up at those hearings to say they needed marijuana medicine for their chronic pain, and to regain their appetites after cancer treatments.

Taylor says her bill would let patients grow up to 10 marijuana plants and possess up to three-ounces.

Patients could also buy pot at state-controlled care centers. The Illinois law only allows medicinal marijuana to be sold at dispensaries.

Storck calls it too restrictive.