Democratic state lawmakers have tried to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin before. While the push has some bipartisan support, Republican leadership is divided over legalization.
The bill would require the state health department to create a medical cannabis registry. Anyone seeking medical treatment with cannabis may apply for a registry identification card, which can be used to buy marijuana products at licensed dispensaries.
The state agriculture department would also have to create a licensing system for farmers who want to become a licensed marijuana grower. According to the bill, medical cannabis producers will be defined as anyone growing more than 12 cannabis plants. After being tested by a laboratory, the processor may only sell to dispensaries.
Reporter Dana LaVake has the story.