As you may remember Governor Tony Evers was for medical marijuana and decriminalization in his 2018 election campaign. He included it in his biennial budget. Somewhere after that things got stuck. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held public hearings to help shape the budget. After the hearings the JFC decided to remove medical marijuana from the budget.
Evers himself is a cancer survivor and sees value in marijuana’s medicinal uses. He agrees with patients having marijuana as a treatment option. We cannot fully understand marijuana’s medicinal potential until it becomes legalized.
Governor Evers recently spoke on this topic in his State of The State Address. He reminds legislators they should represent the people. Currently medical marijuana has about 80% public support. In his address he encouraged bipartisan support for these and other bills.
In 2018, 16 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties had an advisory referendum about marijuana on their November ballots. Some of the questions were different in each county. None of these counties voted for marijuana with less than 50%.
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In 2019, Gov. Evers introduced language in his state budget proposal that sought to decriminalize minor marijuana possession offenses and legalize medical cannabis access. Lawmakers failed to enact either proposal. (Link)
“As a cancer survivor, I know the side effects of a major illness can make every task a struggle. People shouldn't be treated like criminals for accessing medicine that can change or maybe even save their lives.” (Link) 2019
“When more than 80 percent of our state supports medical marijuana…and elected officials can ignore those numbers without consequence, folks, something’s wrong.” (Link) 2019