Pubdate: Thu, 18 Aug 2016
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2016 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Gary Storck


Much has changed in the cannabis world since Russ Feingold lost to 
Ron Johnson in 2010.

Then, about 15 states had legalized medical cannabis, a number now at 
25. Today, four states and Washington, D.C., have legalized adult 
use. This November, at least three more will vote on medical, and 
five more will vote on adult use.

Feingold's record has been thin. While cannabis activists extensively 
advocated for his support, he never sponsored any bills.

The federal CARERS Act would make it easier for researchers to study 
marijuana. It is sponsored by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, 
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and has 19 
cosponsors including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.

Polling has long shown overwhelming support for medical cannabis in 
Wisconsin, and in July the Marquette Law School Poll found 59 percent 
agreeing that marijuana "should be fully legalized and regulated like 
alcohol" in Wisconsin.

Feingold owes it to Wisconsin voters to reveal where he stands on 
this issue. Does he agree on full legalization? Would he sign on to 
the CARERS Act? What about veteran access? What about the racial 
disparities of the drug war?

Wisconsin voters deserve answers.

- -- Gary Storck, Madison
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