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Wisconsin GOP medical marijuana proposal snuffed out by Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald

Two Republican lawmakers tried Wednesday to breathe new life into a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal use, but it was blocked within an hour by the leader of the state Senate.

The proposal from Rep. Mary Felzkowski of Irma and Sen. Kathy Bernier of Chippewa Falls would create a new state program to license dispensaries of marijuana for anyone with a serious medical condition, like cancer, AIDS or post-traumatic stress disorder.

But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald quickly rejected the idea as he’s done before, saying he personally opposes the idea and doesn’t believe his GOP-controlled chamber is on board.

Felzkowski, who is a cancer survivor, said her only goal at this point is to have a public hearing on the proposal and anticipated she would have to change minds in both GOP caucuses, which have long opposed similar proposals from Democrats

“I took a whole lot of medications with a whole lot of side effects that I still deal with today,” Felzkowski said. “I can look at what happened to me and other people and see that this could be used without those side effects, and I’lI tell you what … those side effects were horrific.” [Read more at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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