Shamane Mills, Wisconsin Public Radio
Legalizing medical marijuana may be gaining ground in public opinion in Wisconsin and around the country, but even with wins at the ballot box it probably won't be happening anytime soon. The momentum, however, is hard to ignore — even for opponents. "I think stopping the marijuana reform train is impossible in this country," said Dr. Michael Miller, an addiction psychiatrist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc and past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. "We've seen what the public says it wants."
A Wisconsin woman has died from a disease rarely seen in Wisconsin and carried by a common pest: the American dog tick, also known as a wood tick. The woman, who was in her late 50s, died last month from Rocky Mountain spotted fever after being bitten while camping, La Crosse County public health nurse Jo Foellmi said. It's the state's first ever death from Rocky Mountain spotted fever. "It is very rare to have this in Wisconsin. Minnesota has had one child fatality in the last five years. But normally you see this in the south or out west," Foellmi said.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Monday that a species of mosquito capable of carrying the Zika virus has been found in the state for the first time. The Aedes albopictus, or Asian tiger mosquito as it's commonly known, is one type of mosquito that can spread Zika. It was discovered in Dane County, and only three of that type were found.
A Wisconsin lawmaker is proposing to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana as a way to create jobs and generate revenue without increasing taxes. Democratic state Rep. Melissa Sargent of Madison has tried to pass bills legalizing marijuana the past two sessions. They never even got a committee hearing in the GOP-controlled Legislature, but Sargent says her most recent bill is different than her previous proposals. "It will include increasing oversight and protections for our consumers," she said Thursday at a Capitol news conference introducing the bill.
A state appeals court has ruled against a Wisconsin law which limits how much an injured patient can get for certain medical malpractice claims. The case involves Ascaris Mayo, who lost her limbs after doctors didn't tell her she had a serious infection. She and her husband were awarded $16.5 million but the state's medical malpractice board reduced it to $750,000, the maximum amount for noneconomic damages under state law. The 1st District Court of Appeals sided with the plaintiffs Wednesday, saying the cap is unconstitutional.
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association has released a study that estimates that more than 16,000 jobs would be lost with a higher minimum wage. Supporters of a higher minimum wage, including President Barack Obama, have argued that an increase will reduce job turnover and raise productivity.
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