MADISON (WKOW) — The high Republican within the state Senate mentioned Thursday there will not be sufficient votes in his physique to move the legalization of marijuana, both for leisure or medicinal functions.
Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) mentioned Thursday throughout a virtual luncheon with WisPolitics.com there was not sufficient help amongst Senate Republicans to approve any marijuana legalization proposals.
“I think there’s some societal concerns you have to consider with that. First of all, we don’t have support from the caucus, that’s pretty clear,” LeMahieu mentioned. “We don’t have 17 votes in the caucus for medicinal purposes or recreational purposes legalize it.”
Democratic Governor Tony Evers has proposed legalizing leisure marijuana as a part of is 2021-22 state finances. Evers embody the identical proposal in his first finances two years however the Republican-led legislature took it out of the ultimate model.
An April 2019 Marquette Law School poll discovered 59 % of voters supported legalizing leisure weed. 83 % of the ballot’s respondents mentioned they supported legalizing the drug for medical functions with a physician’s prescription.
Evers made marijuana legalization a topic of his radio address this week.
“We’re also proposing legalizing marijuana and regulating and taxing it—much like we do with alcohol,” Evers mentioned within the tackle. “And modifying criminal penalties for marijuana-related crimes to align with legalization and create a process for individuals serving sentences or previously convicted of marijuana-related crimes to have the opportunity to repeal or reduce their sentences for nonviolent minor offenses.”
LeMahieu mentioned he had reservations about legalization encouraging use and the way it may have an effect on employers in his Northeast Wisconsin district.
“My district is heavily manufacturing; they’re concerned it might have, in their workplaces, causing problems with people who are high on the job if it’s more accessible,” LeMahieu mentioned.
It’s not the primary time Senate Republican leaders have snuffed the concept of legalizing marijuana. Earlier this yr, Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) wrote an op-ed outlining his opposition.
The Governor is adamant we observe science in the case of COVID-19 however turns a blind eye in the case of legalizing a drug that has no FDA approval—which all different medicines are topic to. What occurred to the honorable aim of holding the folks of Wisconsin & our youngsters secure?
— Sen. Chris Kapenga (@SenatorKapenga) February 10, 2021