Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, stated Thursday that the Republican-controlled state legislature is not going to legalize leisure or medical marijuana.
“We don’t have support from the caucus. That’s pretty clear, that we don’t have 17 votes in the caucus for medicinal purposes or recreational purposes [to] legalize it,” LeMahieu said at a WisPolitics luncheon.
LeMahieu stated that if the FDA approves it for medical use, marijuana must be handled like different prescribed drugs. He stated that states shouldn’t move legal guidelines which are “in conflict with the federal government.”
Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal included a plan to legalize and tax marijuana, which might be anticipated to lift $165.8 million per yr beginning in 2022-23. Part of that quantity would go in the direction of grants for underserved communities.
“When people are passing referenda to say, ‘We believe that we should have recreational and/or medicinal marijuana,’ that’s what we should do as legislators and as leaders,” Evers stated in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday.
A 2019 Marquette Law School poll discovered that 59% of Wisconsin voters say marijuana use must be authorized. Eighty-three p.c stated that use of marijuana for medical functions with a health care provider’s prescription must be authorized.
Michigan and Illinois have legalized leisure marijuana, and Democrats have argued that Wisconsin is experiencing income losses when residents drive throughout the borders.
“I don’t think, from a policy standpoint, it puts a whole lot of pressure on us,” LeMahieu stated. He stated that legalization in neighboring states poses challenges for regulation enforcement.
Evers said in a radio address Thursday that the plan contains “modifying criminal penalties for marijuana-related crimes to align with legalization and [creating] 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.”
A 2020 report from the American Civil Liberties Union discovered that Black Wisconsinites are at the very least 4 occasions extra doubtless than white Wisconsinites to be arrested for marijuana possession, as of 2018.
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