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Informational hearing on Medical Marijuana: April 10, 2001

The State Affairs Committee of the Wisconsin State Assembly, chaired by Rep. Rick Skindrud (R-Mt. Horeb),  held an Informational hearing on Medical Marijuana on Tuesday April 10 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison 

The committee invited guests to present testimony regarding the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Testimony was limited to invited guests only.

Among those testifying was IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert. Jacki led off the hearing discussing her experiences and how medicinal cannabis has benefited her and helped her regain a little quality of life. [Unofficial transcript of the testimony of Jacki Rickert]
 


"I am begging you ladies and gentlemen to be open-minded. Just think about it. Tomorrow it could be you, your children, your parents, you never know. You could get a disease, a syndrome, you could get hit by a car, anything. And when it happens you hope there is something out there that's going to help you."

-- IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert


Jacki was followed by Dr. Michael Miller, representing the State Medical Society. You can read a transcript of his testimony here: [Unofficial transcript of the testimony of Dr. Michael M. Miller]. Richard Cowan has some great comments on Dr. Miller's testimony on the link to his 4:20 Marijuana News below.

Other testimony was heard from Gina Dennik-Champion, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Nurses Association, testifying in favor, The WNA adopted a reference October 29, 1999 supporting legal access to therapeutic cannabis. Dane County Sheriff Gary Hamblin, a prostate cancer survivor, followed, and Rep. Frank Boyle (D-Superior), a lung cancer survivor, who co-sponsored Wisconsin medicinal cannabis legislation in 1997, and is considering introducing a bill this session closed out the testimony. Additional transcripts or portions thereof will be added as time permits.

Below are links to some news articles about the hearing. The AP article also appeared in a number of papers not listed below.

Updated Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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