Pubdate: Fri, 30 May 2003
Source: Isthmus (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Isthmus
Author: Gary Storck


The decision by Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard's office to 
file a motion to ban a medical defense to local medical marijuana patient 
Steve Wessing's marijuana charges, terming such a defense "irrelevant", 
makes it appear Blanchard also considers the opinions of the Dane County 
voters who elected him irrelevant.

Since a February 2002 Chamberlain Research poll found that nearly 92% of 
Dane County residents support giving patients like Wessing legal access to 
medical marijuana, it would seem that Blanchard's office is seriously out 
of touch with the prevailing community sentiment. Dane County voters chose 
Blanchard to reflect that sentiment, not to be a local version of U.S. 
Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Gary Storck
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