Pubdate: Fri, 17 Jun 2016
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2016 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Gary Storck


Another Marquette Law School poll is out. But once again, no 
questions about cannabis legalization were asked. One has to go all 
the way back to September 2014 for that.

Each time a poll is released, it gets massive media attention. The 
issues raised by the poll trigger public discussion and shape the 
state debate. By failing to include public opinions on cannabis, 
Marquette is stifling debate. Is that for political reasons?

Wisconsinites are not oblivious to developments in other states. 
Twenty-six states now have some sort of medical cannabis law, 
including Louisiana, where a formerly symbolic law passed in 1978 was 
recently amended to create a workable state medical cannabis program. 
Wisconsin passed a similar law in 1982. In Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, 
Washington State and Washington D.C., voters have legalized the adult 
use of cannabis, and more states will be voting on medical and adult 
use this November.

Here in Wisconsin the topic apparently has been declared taboo. This 
represents a grave disservice to state voters. Professor Charles 
Franklin and the Marquette Law School poll must do better if they 
care about their mission.

- -- Gary Storck, Madison
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