Some Wisconsin Republicans Warming to Medical Marijuana


Some Wisconsin Republicans who have been opposed to medical marijuana are now warming to the idea of legalizing cannabidiol or CBD oil, according to a Jan. 8, 2017, article by the Associated Press.

Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard said he wants to introduce a bill allowing possession and use of CBD oil, a non-psychoactive extract from marijuana which has proven to help people with seizures. Wanggaard added he would be open to legalizing medical marijuana with the right restrictions.

It’s not just rank-and-file Republicans who are reconsidering medicinal pot. Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, recently said he was open to the idea of legalization for medical purposes.

“If you get a prescription to use an opiate or you get a prescription to use marijuana, to me I think that’s the same thing,” Vos said. “I would be open to that.”

However, Republican state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Gov. Scott Walker remain opposed to medical marijuana, leaving a roadblock in the way of legalization.

“I have no idea where the caucus would be but I’m certainly not there personally,” Fitzgerald said. “I wouldn’t support it right now.”

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