LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — In a bill proposed by Republican law makers, medical marijuana in the form of an oil, pill or topical would be legal.
Cannabis store owners say this is just the first step of understanding the benefits marijuana has to offer.
“Recognizing the benefits of cannabis which we have the opportunity of seeing every day,” Tree Huggers Co-Op owner Dillon Beyer, says.
Beyer says medical marijuana can treat multiple health issues.
“Nervous system relief, stress anxiety and sleep, and then pain relief in terms of arthritic and inflammation,” Beyer said.
Opponents argue that it is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA-approval, and that various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary, but veteran Paige Lindquist says she uses it to safely manage pain.
“I have utilize cannabis in the past and it’s just always been a better option for me than any sort of pharmaceutical,” Lindquist said.
Lindquist says legalizing medical marijuana would provide an alternative medicine for veterans.
“You know I’m just speaking for veterans and veterans that I know,” Lindquist said. “But I am an advocate for cannabis use and cannabis legalization.”
Beyer says if medical marijuana is legalized, CBD stores may have to change the way they operate.
“We would set up a checking station back there where you would be verified. You know we would probably have to look at hiring someone in the medical field,” Beyer said.
Only eight medical conditions are approved for medical marijuana use under the bill. More health conditions may be added if the bill is passed. Wisconsin is one of 14 states that is yet to legalize medical marijuana.
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