Another session gone and another chance for Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin up in smoke. That doesn't necessarily mean it's a complete loss, if the sponsors were passionate about the bill in the first place they may have re-written it to compromise a little with the opponents of the bill.
Wisconsin has always been on the forefront of this "War" on Hemp. A 1905 Bulletin from the Us Department of Agriculture lists twenty-nine states with laws mentioning cannabis. Eight are listed with "sale of poisons" laws that specifically mention cannabis: North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Vermont, Maine, Montana, and the District of Columbia. Among those that required a prescription for sale were Wisconsin and Louisiana.
While nothing was done, as far as the medical transfer of Cannabis, even through the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914. It went on to be a natural staple in the medical pharmacopoeia that continued to be prescribed by physicians for years as it has been for years before as well.
Until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, when they basically made it impossible for physicians to legally prescribe cannabis to their patients anymore. Cannabis was an all natural substance used for many ailments and was preferred by physicians rather than some of the "poison" narcotics that were being distributed as medicine in those days.
The American Medical Association (AMA) opposed the act because the tax was imposed on physicians prescribing cannabis, retail pharmacists selling cannabis, and medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing; instead of enacting the Marijuana Tax Act the AMA proposed cannabis be added to the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act. After the Philippines fell to Japanese forces in 1942, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army urged farmers to grow hemp fiber and tax stamps for cultivation were issued to farmers. Without any change in the Marijuana Tax Act, over 400,000 acres of hemp were cultivated between 1942 and 1945. The last commercial hemp fields were planted in Wisconsin in 1957.
From 1905 until 1957, from before prohibition til after World War II, Wisconsin has been on the Hemp frontlines. Even today, while sixteen states along with our nations capitol, Washington D.C. have passed some sort of compassionate care act for patients to have safe access to cannabis. Ridding their cities and States from the illegal black market that funds terrorist groups and risk harm to your children.
While regulated Cannabis is in a safe setting for access by any patient that has a recommendation from a Doctor. Unregulated cannabis results in a dealers house with no regulations, no concern for you or your childrens safety or well being as well as a plethora of other illegal drugs, many more harmful than cannabis some even deadly, and remember illegal drug dealers DON'T care if your teenage daughter comes to get drugs from them, they won't even check her ID.
Bottom line is Wisconsin needs to come together and agree on a compassionate use act that allows patients safe access to cannabis and become the 1st state to re-industrialize Hemp. We were the last state to grow Hemp up until 1957, we must be the first to set the bar for industrial Hemp and I believe cannabis as a medicine will naturally follow, no pun intended. The fact that people have been so passionate to fight for medical cannabis and not industrial hemp boggles my mind. Of course we should have the freedom to choose what we put in our bodies. But what's with ignoring the fact that Hemp can heal the planet and help us all in the long run makes no sense.
I find it hard to believe that the special interest that have purchased the government and buy the elections have had a big enough impact on us, the individuals, to allow this blatant farce we call prohibition to remain. Peace & Wellness!