Madison Voting on Medical Marijuana

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Politics

Michael Stock

On November 2, all Dane County mid-term election ballots will include the following referendum: “Should the Wisconsin Legislature enact legislation allowing residents with debilitating medical conditions to acquire and possess marijuana for medical purposes if supported by their physician?”

Supporters of the medical marijuana bill gathered downtown for Harvest Fest the first weekend of October.  The annual event includes music and speeches and culminates in a march up State Street from Library Mall to the state capitol.

Students from all of Madison’s campuses as well as from out of town were represented at the event.  Edgewood sophomore Kayla Stetzel, who witnessed the parade, said, “If it helps people with medical conditions, I don’t see why not.”

Asked about the referendum, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin said, “We still see arrests and prosecutions when I think there are so many other higher priorities.  Even if you just limit the discussion to drugs, there are certainly drugs that are very highly addictive and have no similar benefits that medical marijuana does in alleviating suffering, pain, and nausea.”

Supporters of the bill march up State Street

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