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Murphy’s Law: Republican Pushes for Medical Marijuana


Murphy’s Law: Republican Pushes for Medical MarijuanaThe last Marquette University Law School poll showed that 83 percent of respondents favored medical marijuana, including 96 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans. The debate on this has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, Testin tells Urban Milwaukee. Given the fact that 33 other states have adopted medical marijuana, I think there’s an appetite for this among the public in Wisconsin. Or as Dr. Michael Miller, an addiction psychiatrist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc and past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, put it at a recent conference on medical marijuana: I think stopping the marijuana reform train is impossible in this country. Except perhaps in Wisconsin, where all trains run through the gerrymandered, Republican-controlled Legislature, and which has already removed a proposal on medical marijuana from the budget proposed by Democratic Gov. Tony Earl. To be sure, there was a valid legislative reason, to strip a policy item with no fiscal impact from the budget. Evers proposal, moreover, included language to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, which some Republicans adamantly oppose. Sen Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), condemned Evers proposal, which wasnt even full legalization (an idea supported by 59 percent of state voters, the MU poll found) as off the wall scary. Testin offers a less hyperbolic view: Im not there on recreational marijuana yet. But Testin is the rare Senator who actually holds a swing district, something Republicans did their best to banish with their 2011 gerrymandering plan. Testin



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