On Saturday, February 6, a crowd gathered at the Berlin Library from noon to 3 p.m. to attend the T.H.C. Expo ( "Talking Hemp and Cannabis" ) to learn about Wisconsin's Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act ( JRMMA ) that was introduced by Representative Mark Pocan ( D-Madison ), Senator Jon Erpenbach ( D-Middleton ) and a number of other legislators in November 2009 and is currently being reviewed by the Committee on Public Health in both the assembly and the senate. Assembly Bill 554/Senate Bill 368, similar to the medical marijuana bill that passed in Michigan in November of 2008, would make it legal for those who have certain illnesses or diseases to purchase and use marijuana for medicinal purposes when prescribed by a physician..
Passing of the bill would mean that those who suffer from Cancer and are having chemotherapy could use marijuana to relieve the nausea and vomiting often brought on by the chemo treatment. Those who suffer from seizure disorders, AIDS, severe glaucoma, Crohn's Disease, Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis ( ALS ), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Hepititis C, Alzheimer's Disease, and other illnesses that cause wasting away, severe pain, or persistent muscle spasms would be able to use the medicinal marijuana legally. Advocates of the JRMMA are hopeful that the bill will pass out of the Committee for Public Health by March 4 and pass by April 22, with Wisconsin becoming the 14th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Thirteen other states have passed similar laws, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act was named after Mondovi, Wisconsin resident Jacki Rickert, who suffers with advanced Reflex Sympathetic Distrophy and also a rare disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome ( EDS ). This disease is caused by uncommon genetic mutations which disrupt the production of collagen, a chief component of connective tissue.
The disease affects connective tissues of the skin, joints, blood vessel walls, and often bone marrow, with an early onset of osteoarthritis, muscle weakness, and pain. Jacki has been wheelchair-bound for many years and has persistent pain. There is no cure for EDS.
Jacki was a featured speaker at Berlin's T.H.C. Expo ( THC also stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main substance found in the cannabis plant ) on Saturday and urged people to contact their representatives to advocate for the passage of the JRMMA. Jacki founded an advocate organization called "Is My Medication Legal Yet?" ( IMMLY ), and has been an activist for legalizing medical marijuana for over two decades. A bill legalizing medical marijuana has been attempted in Wisconsin in the past, but never made it out of the Committee for Public Health.
For further information, visit: www.jrmma.org, www.immly.org; www.uf4a.org, www.autism.com.
Newshawk: Is My Medicine Legal YET? www.immly.org
Pubdate: Wed, 10 Feb 2010
Source: Waushara Argus (Wautoma, WI)
Copyright: 2010 Wautoma Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Sherry Kelly
Cited: Is My Medicine Legal Yet? http://www.immly.org/
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