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Vos wants fall push to legalize medical marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants to work on legalizing medical marijuana this fall.

Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget would have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Republicans, however, stripped those provisions along with dozens of other policy proposals from the spending plan.

Vos said on Friday that Republicans cut Evers’ medical marijuana plan because it was “half-handed” and was really about decriminalization.

But he says he wants to discuss legalizing medical marijuana with his caucus this fall. He says he’s been open to legalizing it for medical use for several years.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has opposed legalizing medical marijuana. He said on Friday that any proposal similar to what Evers had put forward would have a hard time getting GOP Senate support.

2 comments

  1. Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

  2. Fellow Wisconsinites, consider the ramifications of: 1) citizens (myself included) moving IN DROVES to states with legalized marijuana so they no longer have to live in fear of the law when the smell wafts out their window; 2) the loss of tax revenue AND community caused by empty houses, schools, and gas stations; 3) allowing prioritization of tax dollars to enforce laws people no longer support over crucial infrastructure needs like replacing bridges or water/sewer lines BEFORE they become exponentially more costly and deadly emergencies.

    As I watch Republican lawmakers continue to block progress on opportunities for economic growth, medical research & development, and basic quality of life through improved health, I have found my research of housing and job opportunities in neighboring states intensifying. Believe me when I tell you I’m not the only one.

    Marijuana has helped me manage health issues that pharmaceuticals could not. I made a decision to go against my doctors and the law and as predicted, was able to find relief AND go off several costly medications. Why is this against the law? Who did I hurt? Shouldn’t we all have this choice? Marijuana improved my quality of life at a time I had considered filing for disability, so for sake of clarification: Is it society’s goal to grow productive citizens, or endless dependents on disability or in prison?

    For the people, by the people? Then why is one man afforded so much power? Shame on Scott Fitzgerald for impeding progress and relief for so many in Wisconsin – healthwise, economic, legal, research, and otherwise! UW could continue our legacy of pioneering research, yet is sidelined. But where research is stagnant, my story is proof. I am the people, but sadly my fight to stay in the state of my birth, the state I love, is almost spent.

    Wow. A logical argument from the mind of a pothead? Evidently, my brain (egg) on drugs (cracked into skillet) makes for some tasty food for thought… And a case for full legalization.

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