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Portage Co. committee: Let voters decide whether to legalize medical marijuana


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A county board committee recommended Monday that Portage County voters should decide whether they support the use of medical marijuana for pain management as well as regulating cannabis like alcohol.

The Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to put the advisory referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, said Dave Medin of Stevens Point, one of nine members on the committee.

"The benefits far exceed the negative aspects," he said, indicating 50 people at the meeting reported improvements in their physical condition with the use of cannabis.

The board's recommendation now goes to the full county board for its decision next week, Medin said.

The referendum would ask voters if the state should allow people with "debilitating medical conditions" to use marijuana for medical treatment purposes with the written recommendation of a doctor.

According to board documents, 30 states have legalized medicinal cannabis, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever cannabis-derived treatment for epilepsy.

The committee reported that so far seven Wisconsin counties have put similar referendums on the November ballot - Marathon, Milwaukee, Dane, Brown, Rock, LaCrosse and Sauk.


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