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On Sept. 17 the state Senate passed Senate Bill 150, a bad marijuana bill that would allow local governments to prosecute marijuana cases rejected by district attorneys.

If lawmakers think district attorneys are allowing lawbreakers to go unpunished, why limit this option to just pot cases? Why not allow municipal officials to review for potential prosecution every case the district attorney rejects?

Having attended both hearings on this bill, it is clear to me the sponsors see cannabis consumers as less than human. They live in a world where Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930s, and his "reefer madness" are still alive, not the real one where attitudes are changing.

At a time when public support for legalization is at record levels, when medical cannabis is legal in Washington, D.C., and 20 states, the Wisconsin Legislature is going backward.

Not only did the entire GOP senate caucus vote for SB 150, but they were joined by six Democrats. The Assembly can and should reject this approach when their opportunity comes up this fall.

-- Gary Storck, Madison, co-founder, Is My Medicine Legal YET?

 

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Letters editor for Wisconsin State Journal