Pubdate: Mon, 10 Feb 2003
Source: Reporter, The (Fond du Lac, WI)
Copyright: 2003 Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
Author: Gary Storck
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


Regarding The Reporter editorial, "State's 'hunt/fish' amendment must be 
checked for loopholes" (Jan. 31):

While it's nice to see lawmakers agreeing on something for a change, 
falling all over themselves to get this constitutional amendment on the 
April ballot when there is no evidence the right to hunt and fish is in 
imminent jeopardy does nothing to address the many very real problems 
facing this state.

Last session, the Legislature dropped the ball by failing to protect a 
right that is actually being threatened -- the right to be free of pain -- 
when it allowed a medical marijuana bill to die in committee without a hearing.

Over 80 percent of Wisconsinites want medical marijuana legalized, 
according to a February 2002 poll. An October 2002 Time Magazine poll found 
identical support for the entire U.S. Few issues command this kind of 
support among the people.

Isn't it time for the Legislature to start doing the people's work? Call 
your legislators and Gov. Doyle and ask them to fight for your medical 
rights by supporting this session's medical marijuana bill.

Gary Storck, Madison
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