Gov. Evers pushes for legal medical marijuana in budget

February 18th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

MADISON (WKOW) – Monday morning Governor Tony Evers will announce his plans to reform marijuana laws in Wisconsin. It’s part of his budget proposal due this month.

According to a recent Marquette Law School poll, 59 percent of Wisconsinites agree with marijuana legalization.

With his budget, Governor Evers is starting with decriminalization and medical marijuana legalization.

For Representative Melissa Sargent, it’s a promising sign.

“To have a governor who has actually heard the voices of the people in the state of Wisconsin as he’s putting together his budget, I believe that it is very much an example of something that is going to represent the will of the people in our community,” Sargent said.

It may not be so simple.

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the Republican senator opposes medical marijuana and the governor will face an uphill battle.

Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August of Lake Geneva, said at an event in January, the medical marijuana debate is such a big issue it should be addressed on its own.

“There has been talk about this being the first step to something. That makes me feel like if there’s a first step, there must be other steps,” August said. “So I guess the whole plan should probably be revealed before we talk just about a little piece of it.”

Sargent, who has introduced a bill to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, says most budget deliberations are challenging, but she is hopeful.

“I do know that here in the Capitol building there are a number of my colleagues

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