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Forest County Board votes to add medical marijuana referendum to ballotSubmitted: 08/21/2018
Rose McBride
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Forest County Board votes to add medical marijuana referendum to ballot
CRANDON - In November, voters in Forest County will be asked a question on their ballots: do you want medical marijuana to be legalized?

Tuesday night the Forest County Board voted 16 to four in favor of adding the referendum question to the general election ballot.

The vote will not legalize medical marijuana, it will only give lawmakers in Madison an idea of what people from counties across the state want.

A crowd came to the board meeting to show their support in favor of the referendum.

Bob Collins is a cancer patient who benefited from using medical marijuana when he spent time in Colorado, where it is legal.

"I tried the oil for three months and when I came back home, [I] went to my doctor. My PSA numbers were down to zero again, he couldn't explain it. He asked me, 'what did you do?'" said Collins.

While the vote was celebrated by members of the public, some board members still have some concerns. 

"I'm really worried about drug abuse already in our area, and in many areas of the state," said District 12 Supervisor Jill Kettlewell.

Medical marijuana is already legal in 30 states, including Michigan and Minnesota. 

The substance is used to treat pain or nausea, as well as seizure disorders and PTSD. 


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