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Wisconsinites who are terminally ill or suffering from a chronic disease would be able to purchase medical marijuana at one of five state-run dispensaries under a Republican-authored proposal announced Monday.

The new measure comes after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has called for legalizing both the medical and recreational use of marijuana, said he would likely support a more restrictive medical-only program as long as it doesn’t include provisions Democrats would consider poison pills.

Under the proposal, individuals with severe chronic illnesses like cancer would be able to receive a diagnosis from their doctor confirming their conditions, allowing them to secure a permit. From there, individuals would be able to purchase non-smokable medicinal marijuana at five facilities managed by the state Department of Health Services.

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“We want to make this available to people, but we want tight controls on it as well,” Rep. Jon Plumer, R-Lodi, told reporters at the Capitol building in Madison Monday. Plumer said Republicans hope to pass the measure and send it to Evers’ desk in the coming months.

However, those tight controls resulted in pushback from Democratic…

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