Wisconsinites who can benefit from medical cannabis were once again kicked to the curb by majority Republicans recently. Republicans voted Feb. 23 along party lines to squash an attempt by Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, to bring legislation she and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, sponsored to the floor for a vote in what may be the final day for regular Assembly action this year.

Wisconsin voters also will not get to cast votes on medical cannabis in an advisory referendum this November. That's because the Legislature's GOP leadership knew the outcome would expose just how out of touch they are with the overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites on this issue.

Wisconsin voters need to view this fall's elections as a referendum on medical pot and hold responsible those lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker for doing everything in their power to crush state medical cannabis legislation and the will of the people they profess to represent. Medical cannabis is legally available in 30 other states.

Wisconsinites deserve the right to try medical pot if they're in pain. Republicans know their position is indefensible. If the current state leaders lack the compassion and empathy to help those in pain, it's time for them to go.

Gary Storck, Madison