Wisconsin Lawmakers, Advocates Trying to Legalize Marijuana—Again
Cannabis legalization is getting a concentrated push in the state of Wisconsin, where on Thursday Rep. Melissa Sargent of Madison announced that she would propose legislation to legalize recreational marijuana.
“The palate for legalization of cannabis in the state of Wisconsin is far more popular than probably the ratings for most politicians in this building,” said Sargent, delivering a fabulous piece of shade that should be printed onto t-shirts. Sargent has proposed a similar bill four out of her six years in office.
Legalization activism has a lot of history in the state, but cannabis advocates gained a formidable ally last year when voters elected Governor Tony Evers, a cancer survivor who ran on the campaign platform that adult use cannabis was essential. Evers included funds for greater allowance of medical marijuana use and a cannabis offense expungement program in his 2019 state budget, which he announced in February.
Upon hearing of Evers’ proposal, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos commented that the governor’s plan “appears to go too far.”
A poll released earlier this month by Marquette University Law School found that 59 percent of Wisconsin residents support legalization. Such has been the support for cannabis regulation in Wisconsin that individual