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A big focus this week was Governor Evers' proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use, an issue that I have been working on since 2009. Over those years, I have authored legislation and have listened to people's heart-breaking stories across Wisconsin. I recognize the importance of legalizing marijuana to help alleviate serious medical conditions and I am happy to see Governor Evers listening to Wisconsin and prioritizing this issue. 

Blue states like our neighbors in Minnesota and Illinois, and even red states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, have all taken steps to legalize medical marijuana, and it is time for Wisconsin to join nearly 30 other states in providing this relief to Wisconsinites. 

Legalizing medical marijuana will provide safe, legal, and regulated options to help address debilitating medical conditions, and I am looking forward to working across the aisle, and with our governor to bring this common-sense solution to Wisconsin.  

In addition to this proposal, Governor Evers also proposed investing $28 million towards women's health care and reducing infant mortality rates in Wisconsin. Women and children deserve to have access to the best care that we can offer, and have been subject to partisan attacks over the past few years. I am thankful to have a Governor who will work towards addressing this issue, and expanding vital programs. 

 

Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27

 

 

Updates

Sen. Erpenbach applauds Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana proposal

Since 2009, I have been the author of legislation to legalize marijuana for medical use.  In that time I have heard heartbreaking stories from people across the state who are using marijuana to alleviate serious medical conditions; People breaking the law to get their loved ones a medicine that works.

Legislators have long been behind the public on this issue.  Recent polling showed that 59% of Wisconsinites support the legalization of all marijuana, but broken down into medical use the numbers are even higher.

The bottom line is that seriously ill patients should not have to break the law to access their medication.  Marijuana can provide relief to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, PTSD, ALS, chronic pain and can even help in the fight against opiate addiction.  A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 found that opioid overdose deaths were reduced by 25% in states with an effective medical marijuana law. This is a common-sense solution to a crisis that impacts both urban and rural areas of our state.

 There are a multitude of reasons why we should legalize medical marijuana, and an ever growing list of organizations and individuals that support decriminalization for medical use. This proposal will help individuals seeking to alleviate chronic pain in a safe and legal way, and I applaud Governor Evers for listening to the people of Wisconsin.

 

Read Senator Erpenbach's Column here:Wisconsin is Ready for Medical Marijuana.pdf

Listen to Senator Erpenbach's Radio Address: Sen. Erpenbach Weekly Radio Address - Medical Marijuana 

 

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Governor Evers' Proposed Investing in Women's Health Care and Tackling Infant Mortality Rates  

I'm happy that Governor Evers is recognizing the importance of prioritizing women’s health care, and addressing Wisconsin’s high infant mortality rate. His proposal would expand vital programs to increase coverage, tackle racial disparities, and boost lifesaving treatment. Everyone should have access to affordable health care, including comprehensive reproductive care.

Read about the proposal here.

 

Governor Evers Vetoed the Republican Spending Bill

As expected, it was announced that Governor Tony Evers vetoed the Republican Spending Bill. In a dramatized effort to drain the projected balance before the budget process even begins, Republicans voted to pass legislation that they could not fund. Now that we have moved passed their political stunt, we can take a look at the Governor’s budget and work across the aisle to come up with real, smart solutions that both protect the hard-working people of our state and move Wisconsin forward.

The people of Wisconsin have made it clear that they want investments in health care, infrastructure, and education. Despite Republicans' best efforts to hinder the Governor’s ability to deliver on those needs, I look forward to working together to develop fiscally responsible plans that prioritize Wisconsinites, instead of corporations and millionaires.

 


Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from the DNR: Entries sought for Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests

"Artists looking to have their work featured on a piece of history have until July 15, 2019 to submit artwork for the 2020 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests.

The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older living in Wisconsin who is a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident. Artwork must meet technical requirements to be eligible. Applicants are asked to review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries.

Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat.

For contest rules, entry information and reproduction rights agreements, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keywords "Wildlife Stamps" and click the "stamp design contest" tab.

Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 15, 2019 to be eligible. Judging will take place in late July or early August."

 

 In the News

Tony Evers to propose $28 million in budget for women's health care, infant mortality reduction

Evers' budget to restore Planned Parenthood funding, address racial disparities in health care

Sen. Jon Erpenbach: The GOP spending plan would hurt Wisconsin

IN DEPTH: Wisconsin considers marijuana law changes

Wisconsin Gov. Evers’ budget proposes decriminalizing marijuana, legalizing medical use

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