Dane County voters to decide marijuana referendum

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Dane County faces a marijuana referendum in April.

Dane County voters casting ballots in the April election will get to say whether Wisconsin should legalize marijuana — for any purpose.

The referendum is non-binding and is reaching voters following approval of a resolution by Dane County supervisors.

Supervisor Leland Pan sponsored the resolution, which passed unanimously with 29 "yes" votes. Dane County Supervisor Dave Ripp abstained.

The supervisors, according to a news release, also unanimously backed a resolution that calls for a nonpartisan system for creating legislative districts — from the local to the congressional level — to avoid creating safe districts for political parties.

The resolution states, "The current system, which essentially allows politicians to pick the voters they prefer in each district, is opposed by non-partisan groups such as the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Common Cause and numerous newspaper editorial boards in the state."