November 2018 in Milwaukee County: an advisory referendum to legalize and regulate marijuana was approved by 70% of voters.
Illinois just became the 12th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The law takes effect in 2020.
Here in Wisconsin…
Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, spoke at the Capitol Thursday, April 18, 2019, about a bill she’s going to introduce that would legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use.
“It is far overdue that we listen to the voices of our constituents,” Sargent said. “The people of Wisconsin have said loud and clear that the prohibition of marijuana is not working.”
A Marquette University Law School poll, conducted in April showed 59 percent of Wisconsin residents support legalization.
“The palate for legalization of cannabis in the state of Wisconsin is far more popular than probably the ratings for most politicians in this building,” Sargent said.
Today the Associated Press published an analysis on a major effect of legalizing marijuana, and it’s not what you think.
When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press.
Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill or not, got medical cards in their states because it was the only way to buy marijuana legally and then discarded them when broader legalization arrived. But for people who truly rely on marijuana to control ailments such as nausea or cancer pain, the arrival of so-called recreational cannabis can mean fewer and more expensive options.