Wisconsin Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Cannabis Legalization
By Press Release
The League of Marijuana Voters launched a billboard Monday that highlights two Wisconsin state senators’ obstruction of medical marijuana legalization.
The first ever billboard advocating for medical marijuana legislation in Wisconsin is part of a new campaign targeting Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) for preventing passage of a bill that would allow people suffering from debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.
The group is coordinating with the local Southeastern Wisconsin NORML chapter to raise awareness in the Senators’ districts.
The billboard, which faces eastbound traffic on I-94 by 121st St. in West Allis, features silhouettes of the two legislators, their names, and their phone numbers.
It reads, “WI patients have NO access to medical marijuana,” and encourages voters to, “Ask [them] why!”
The ad will run from September 29 through November 9. The billboard was designed by a volunteer and paid for by more than 100 individual donors. Planning and fundraising for more billboards around the state are currently underway.
Sen. Vukmir, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, refused to allow a committee vote on the Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA).
Sen. Lazich (R-New Berlin), who serves on the committee, was also vocal in her opposition to the bill.
“Studies have repeatedly shown that marijuana has significant medical benefits,” said League of Marijuana Voters co-founder Eric Marsch. “It can inhibit epileptic seizures, reduce the nausea associated with chemotherapy, and relieve the pain associated with multiple sclerosis, among other things. People suffering from serious illnesses should not be punished for using medical marijuana if it can relieve their symptoms and improve their quality of life.”
In April, the legislature passed a bill ostensibly allowing people suffering from seizures to use CBD oil, a marijuana extract.
Unfortunately the bill requires the federal FDA approve an investigational drug permit for CBD oil before anyone in Wisconsin can access it, something unlikely to happen anytime soon, and it doesn’t cover the vast majority of illnesses that medical marijuana treats.
By contrast, the JRMCA would immediately allow patients suffering from a wide variety of debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana.
“We want to make medical marijuana a major issue in these last few weeks before the election,” Marsch said. “Most Wisconsin voters support access to medical marijuana, and the legislature cannot keep sweeping this issue under the rug.”
A 2010 Dane County Advisory Referendum showed 75.49% of voters in support of medical marijuana. In February 2013, a Fox News poll showed 85% of American voters in favor.
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws that allow seriously ill people access to medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.
The League of Marijuana Voters is a new group of volunteer activists from pro-marijuana-reform organizations across Wisconsin including Wisconsin NORML, IMMLY, and The Ben Masel Project. Its function is to organize and sponsor large-scale, high-visibility demonstrations of public support for marijuana law reforms.
For more information, visit www.wislegalize.org.
u all now know WHO NOT to vote for next election voters of Wisc.
The time has always been NOW for individual states to support medical cannabis where the Federal government stymies and tries to confuse the issue. States must take control of their rights. This includes the banking system. I am calling for all local banks to have the courage to help in the Fight to give equal rights for banking accounts in states where cannabis is already legal. We can not count on the Feds. They are shirking their responsibility in New Mexico credit unions. Local banking must help. We can not let this be cash only. That is just like the previous system of hiding the needs of the people under a cloak and dagger system. Not the way to go. Upfront above board means the tax dollars go for the use of the whole public. New Mexico.! We are more than disappointed. We are out raged. We want true ethics employed. We want real legalization where no one has to hide. No one should feel guilt or shame that they need this medicine
And now, in 2016, Sen. Fitzgerald pulled a maneuver to keep the Senate from voting on the cannabis oil bill because he said 3 senators were against it – Sen.s Duey Stroebel, Lazich and Vukmir. Fitzgerald said the Senate couldn’t vote on the bill because it was on a committee agenda. The day afterward, he cancelled the committee meeting. It was the last Senate session. The senators were against the bill because they thought legalizing the oil could lead to legalizing marijuana.