La Crosse CBD store says medical marijuana bill will help people with health issues

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — In a bill proposed by Republican lawmakers, medical marijuana in oil, pill or topical form would be legal.

Cannabis store owners say this is just the first step to understanding the benefits marijuana has to offer.

“Recognizing the benefits of cannabis that we get to see every day,” says Dillon Beyer, owner of Tree Huggers Co-Op.

Beyer says medical marijuana can treat several health issues.

“Nervous system relief, stress, anxiety and sleep, then pain relief in terms of arthritis and inflammation,” Beyer said.

Opponents argue it’s too dangerous to use, it’s not FDA-approved, and various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary, but veteran Paige Lindquist says she uses it to manage pain safely.

“I’ve used cannabis in the past and it’s always been a better option for me than any type of pharmaceutical,” Lindquist said.

Lindquist says legalizing medical marijuana would provide veterans with alternative medicine.

“You know I speak just for veterans and veterans that I know,” Lindquist said. “But I am an advocate for cannabis use and the legalization of cannabis.”

Beyer says if medical marijuana is legalized, CBD stores may have to change the way they operate.

“We would set up a checkpoint there where you would be checked. You know we should probably consider hiring someone in the medical field,” Beyer said.

Only eight medical conditions are approved for medical marijuana use under the bill. Other sanitary conditions could be added if the bill is passed. Wisconsin is one of 14 states that have yet to legalize medical marijuana.

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