Legalization of marijuana

Gov. Tony Evers, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, state Reps. Chris Taylor and David Crowley are among those hosting a press conference at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, in the Capitol rotunda to discuss the governor’s proposal to reform Wisconsin’s marijuana laws.

The governor’s budget proposal will:

  • Include a medical marijuana program that will be regulated and administered through the departments of Health Services and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection;
  • Decriminalize possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana for amounts of 25 grams or less;
  • Establish an expungement procedure for individuals convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 25 grams of marijuana who have completed their sentence or probation;
  • And align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards.

Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly showed support for cannabis legalization at the polls in last November’s midterm elections. Pro-legalization advisory referenda were approved in all 16 counties and 2 cities where they appeared on the ballots.

Up to 88 percent of voters showed support for medical marijuana, and up to 76 percent for recreational.

Nearly one million voters supported the measures.

While the referenda were only advisory, they sent a strong message to the incoming Wisconsin legislature that cannabis law reform — including medical cannabis, cannabis decriminalization, and cannabis legalization — must be a priority in 2019.

All of Wisconsin’s neighboring states except for Iowa have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana.

Naitonally, as of Nov. 7, 2018, a total of 33 states and the District of Columbia had passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.

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