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Dane County Alert – Ask Your County Supervisor to Sign On to Medical Cannabis Advisory Referendum Resolution
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MADISON: Twelve Dane County Supervisors have signed on to District 6 Sup. John Hendrick’s resolution that would put an advisory referendum on support for passage of state medical marijuana legislation on the Nov. 2010 Dane County general election ballot.
The thirteen cosponsors of RES. 70, 10-11 Referendum On Medical Marijuana, comprise neatly one third of the 37-member panel. The thirteen, with District number preceding their names, are resolution sponsor and Dane County Board First Vice-Chair 6-John Hendrick, 17-Tom Stoebig, 31-Gerald Jensen, 13-Chuck Erickson, 4-Brett Hulsey, 36-Cynda Solberg, 11-Al Matano, 14-Melanie Hampton, 34-Patrick Miles, 2-Barbara Vedder, 37-Bob Salov, 5-Analiese Eicher and 29-Dave Ripp.
Below is the Resolution full text. The next stop will be the County Board’s Exceutive Committee within a month.
RES. 70, 10-11
REFERENDUM ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Current law prohibits the manufacture, distribution, and delivery of marijuana and the possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver it. Additionally, current law prohibits a person from possessing or attempting to possess marijuana. Depending on the amount of marijuana involved, an individual may face fines and potential imprisonment for violating the law.
During the 2009 Wisconsin legislative session, two bills were introduced to establish a medical necessity defense to marijuana-related prosecutions and fines. Assembly Bill 554 (AB 554) and Senate Bill 368 (SB 368) would have allowed a person having or undergoing a debilitating medical condition or treatment to invoke this defense. The bills would have allowed a qualifying patient to invoke this defense if he or she acquires, possesses, cultivates, transports, or uses marijuana to alleviate the symptoms or effects of his or her debilitating medical condition or treatment, but only if no more than the maximum authorized amount of marijuana is involved. Finally, the bills required the Department of Human Services to establish a registry for medical users of marijuana as well as to license and regulate nonprofit corporations that distribute or deliver marijuana to facilitate it’s use. The bills failed because the legislative session ended before they could be considered.
Fourteen states across the country have enacted laws that legalized medical marijuana, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. The Wisconsin legislation would have changed state law regarding marijuana, but would not have affected federal law which prohibits persons from manufacturing, delivering, or possessing marijuana.
There are individuals suffering from serious illnesses who desperately need cannabis to manage their symptoms and they cannot find legal relief in Wisconsin. To further the public debate on whether the State of Wisconsin should allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Dane County voters should have the opportunity to voice their opinion via a referendum.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors places the following advisory referendum on the ballot for the November 2010 election:
“Should the Wisconsin Legislature enact legislation allowing residents with debilitating medical conditions to acquire and possess marijuana for medical purposes if supported by their physician?”
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Dane County Clerk shall take all necessary steps to implement this resolution.
Submitted by Supervisors Hendrick, Stoebig, Jensen, Erickson, Hulsey, Solberg, Matano, Hampton, Miles, Vedder, Salov, Eicher and Ripp, June 17, 2010.
Referred to EXECUTIVE.
If you do not see your supervisor on the list, please contact them and ask they support Res. 70, 10-11 Referendum On Medical Marijuana.
You can reach your Dane County Supervisor through the Board Main Number: 608-266-5758 or by following the links below:
Map of Dane County Supervisory Districts
Directory of Dane County Supervisors with contact information
For more info: While efforts to pass the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act (JRMMA) failed in the 2009-2010 legislative session, plans for advisory referendums this fall and other efforts are underway. Learn more by signing up at www.jrmma.org or on Facebook. Please add your name to their email list and stay in touch as this movement continues to pick up momentum. Madison NORML Examiner: Jacki Rickert MMJ Act 2010 runs out of time in Wisconsin Legislature. For additional details on medical cannabis and Wisconsin visit JRMMA.org, IMMLY.org, Wisconsin NORML or MadisonNORML.org. Visit my Madison NORML Examiner articles archive. Photo courtesy of Dane County WI. All rights reserved. Madison NORML Examiner is dedicated to the memory of our sister and hero Mary Powers (1949-2009).