From: "GF Storck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "IMMLY Announce" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 11:46 AM
Subject: IMMLY_ANNOUNCE: US WI: PUB LTE: Approve medical marijuana for pain
> Newshawk: Is My Medicine Legal YET? http://www.immly.org
> Source: Wisconsin State Journal
> Pubdate: 20 Dec 2007
> Page B2, top of the fold, below large photo of Pro-medical cannabis
> activists gathering in front of CA Gov. Schwarzenegger office on Oct. 11,
> Author: Gary Storck
> APPROVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR PAIN
> More pain clinics alone are not the answer to skyrocketing chronic pain
> rates. Scientific studies and clinical observations have long established
> marijuana as an effective treatment for pain. Cannabis has shown special
> efficacy in treating conditions like migraine and nerve pain that often do
> not respond to conventional medications and treatments.
> Current law deprives health care professionals of this tool when
> compassion demands patients have legal access. Meanwhile, state
> legislation that would legalize this option, AB 550, the Jacki Rickert
> Medical Marijuana Act, remains stalled in the Assembly ‘s Health and
> Health Care Reform committees, where the chairwoman, Rep. Leah Vukmir,
> R-Wauwatosa, refuses to hold a hearing.
> Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch should pull AB 550 from Vukmir ‘s committee
> and send it to the Assembly Public Health committee, whose chairman, Rep.
> J.A. Hines, R-Oxford, has pledged to hold a hearing.
> An influx of veterans is swelling the ranks of Wisconsinites already
> struggling with pain and medical issues. Is the Legislature going to let
> them down, too? Gov. Jim Doyle indicated he would support a medical
> cannabis bill during his first campaign for governor in 2002.
> Without quick action from the governor and legislative leaders, it appears
> Wisconsin families who need legal access to medical marijuana will not
> even see it this session.
> — Gary Storck, Madison
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