Many people in Wisconsin break the law every day by smoking marijuana for medical purposes. These people are otherwise law abiding citizens who turn to the drug for relief from chronic pain, glaucoma, nausea caused by chemotherapy and even insomnia. Yet they could face serious drug charges in Kenosha for possession of the substance. That could change if Wisconsin lawmakers pass a medical marijuana bill.
A State Senator from Kenosha says that the legalization of medical marijuana could garner his support if the bill was written clearly and could be enforced meticulously. Yet other lawmakers and law enforcement officials are still opposed to the legalization of medical marijuana citing that it can cause hallucinations and psychosis. The Wisconsin Medical Society does not believe that it is possible to control the dose of medical marijuana and therefore does not support its legalization.
Outside of Wisconsin, the support for legalization of medical marijuana is mounting. In fact, over 70 percent of Americans support legalizing the substance; the use of marijuana for medical purposes is currently legal in Washington D.C. as well as 18 states. A Senator from Racine believes that medical marijuana will eventually become legalized in Wisconsin as well, albeit for very limited purposes.
Until then, residents of Wisconsin who use the drug to treat their ailments can still face drug possession charges if they are found with marijuana during a traffic stop or any other circumstances. Those who have been charged with possession of marijuana, especially if it is for medical purposes, may want to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to see if there is any way to minimize the charges or get them dropped altogether.
Source: Source: Kenosha News, “Medical marijuana debate heats up,” Melinda Tichelaar, June 8, 2013.