Attorney General Brad Schimel: Doctors, feds should decide whether marijuana is medicine

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the medical community should decide whether marijuana is suitable medicine, not state lawmakers.

Democratic legislators have proposed legalizing medical marijuana after Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he’s open to the idea. But the effort faces long odds given opposition from Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgeral and Gov. Scott Walker.

Schimel told reporters in St. Paul, Minnesota Monday, February 13th that he doesn’t think that decision should be made by lawmakers. He says that power should rest with the Food and Drug Administration and medical organizations which haven’t recognized the drug as medicine.

Schimel says marijuana is a gateway drug that can frequently lead to more dangerous drug abuse.

Wisconsin Democrats have also called for a non-binding referendum to measure support for legalization.


  • Vicky View

    The DEA should reschedule it, but hasn’t, blocking medical use altogether. People with Epilepsy are already on harder drugs -with more severe side effects – than Marijuana. Epilepsy kills approximately 50,000 people per year. Wisconsin should change their laws to allow access by those with Epilepsy (the majority being adults) to provide relief from Uncontrolled Seizures since there is no cure.

  • Karen

    In my personal opinion, I believe marijuana can be a gateway drug only because it’s part of the black market. Most times, the guy/girl you’re buying weed from is also selling other illicit drugs, that have a far higher profit margin than marijuana does. Not all, but some dealers feel the need to introduce a new drug to someone who was originally only smoking weed. Making medicinal (if not recreational) marijuana legal, and those who are in need/want of marijuana can legally obtain it without worrying about the sketchy black market. Yes, those who are already on harder drugs will still be getting their fix, but at least the government can cash in on what will be the saving grace for our economy.

    • Giantopithecus

      You’re point is valid, but I disagree on the gateway drug theory. Huge numbers of the US population use cannabis, with conservative estimates being 1 in 8 adults. If cannabis was a gateway drug, then you would have similar usage rates with meth and heroin. Right now the US pumps out enough opioids so every single person in this country could have 27 pills a month.

  • Giantopithecus

    I read this paragraph in an article in Fortune magazine about how George Zimmer (Men’s warehouse guy) is a big advocate for cannabis. This paragraph says all you need to know about how backwards we are in this country. What more do the researches need? Here it is:

    Researchers have yet to take a definitive stance on whether marijuana — a Schedule I drug that is illegal under federal law — is safer than alcohol. While there is no lethal dose of marijuana, an estimated 88,000 people die in the US every year of alcohol-related causes, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

  • Chad robbins

    Government has medicinal patent,other eye opening health related patents also,do what you want,won’t get out alive anyway,a speck of dirt in a gnats ass compared to time before and after I

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