Erpenbach, Taylor Bill Would Legalize Medicinal Marijuana in Wisconsin

When Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, was first elected to the state Legislature in 1998, Gary Storck, a routine medicinal marijuana user and advocate for its legalization, was Erpenbach’s first constituent visit.

Erpenbach calls Storck, the co-founder of Is My Medicine Legal Yet?, the most persistent constituent in Wisconsin. He has been lobbying Erpenbach and others to legalize a drug he has been using for 41 years to treat his glaucoma.

“Medical cannabis is all but mainstream now,” said Storck, 58, at a Capitol press conference Thursday.

Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, are the co-sponsors of a bill known as the Jacki Rickert bill which would legalize medical marijuana. With a Republican-controlled legislature, there is serious question whether the bill will gain any support.

Rickert, in a wheelchair and speaking slowly and softly, said she’s angry that veterans come back from fighting wars only to fight another war to get medicine that would help them cope with the after-effects of combat.

“What is (getting) high?” she asked. “Living or gaining weight?”

– Read the entire article at The Capital Times.