Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Who’s really running the medical marijuana business?

During the previous general legislative session, there was a push by legislative democrats to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin. As a member of the Senate Health Committee, I heard plenty of testimony that caused me great concern.

At a December 2009 hearing
, Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Kevin St. John said, “Compassion centers (medical marijuana dispensaries) become targets for criminal activity.” AAG St. John noted crimes including homicides have been associated with dispensaries. Drug dealers are known to congregate outside the facilities, offering marijuana for lower prices.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca tells the Los Angeles Times that criminals have actually taken over the medical marijuana industry. An illegal sale of medical marijuana in West Hollywood that went bad resulted in a triple murder. One of the three men killed in the deal had not brought enough money to purchase the marijuana. Police have a man in custody who confessed to the murders.

Sheriff Baca is heading up a campaign to defeat a medical marijuana provision on the November ballot in California, tells the LA Times,
“The medicinal marijuana program that voters authorized years ago has been hijacked by underground drug dealing criminals who are resorting to violence in order to control their piece of the action. There are predators armed and seeking easy dollars in sales of marijuana.”

Wisconsin AAG Kevin St. John was right. Medical marijuana in Wisconsin? No thanks.

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