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Wisconsin Bills Introduced Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Assembly Bill 75 and Senate Bill 38 have both been introduced this month in Wisconsin. Both aim to allow a fully functioning medical marijuana program in the state. Assembly Bill 75 (AB75) was introduced by Representative Charlie Brown. Senate Bill 38 (SB38) was introduced by Representative Sue Errington.

Each bill has outlined specific conditions that would qualify a patient to use medical marijuana, according to Tenth Amendment Center.  Medical marijuana patients would be permitted to choose a caregiver to grow medical marijuana for them. Dispensaries would be permitted and taxes would be placed on sales.

The conditions listed in the bills include:

  • Cachexia
  • Severe/chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms (severe and persistent only)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nail patella syndrome
  • Amytrophic lateral sclerosis

The bills also include language that would allow physicians to determine whether a medical condition is debilitating enough to condone medical marijuana use as an alternative treatment option.

AB75 has been referred to the House Health Committee for further discussion. SB38 has been sent to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for discussion and approval. Before the bills can become law, they must pass the full Assembly and Senate before being presented to the governor for signing.