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WI: Should Marijuana Be Legal? You Might Get To Weigh In At The Polls Soon
Author: Doug Schneider  21/06/2018 - 20:07:00

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Should Wisconsin make marijuana use legal in certain circumstances?

Brown County voters might get the chance this fall to weigh in on that question.

A group of county supervisors proposed Wednesday night that the county add an advisory referendum to the Nov. 6 election ballot.

“It’s mostly to get the pulse of the community … ask the community how they feel about potential legalization,” said Erik Hoyer, a supervisor who represents part of Green Bay’s east side. He said he will co-sponsor a proposal from Ashwaubenon Supervisor Alex Tran requesting that a question be placed on the ballot.

An advisory referendum would tell legislators in Madison how county voters feel about potentially making it legal to use marijuana in certain situations. The county does not have the power to change the state’s marijuana laws, which have various penalties for possession and sale.

Hoyer said legalizing and regulating certain marijuana sales would provide the government with a potential revenue source that could reduce other tax burdens on Wisconsin residents. For individuals, the heaviest tax burden typically comes via property taxes.

Tran’s request said revenue collected by the county should be used to address unfunded mandates imposed on the county by the state.

The proposal is likely to garner support from the board’s progressives. They’re likely to say legalizing marijuana in certain circumstances would help reduce crowding in the county jail, and reduce the need to house prisoners in other counties, or to spend millions expanding the jail.

It’s likely to face push-back from some of the county’s more-conservative supervisors, and to face some opposition from people in local law enforcement

Patrick Buckley, who represents part of Green Bay’s west side, said he wondered if such a proposal would serve to “introduce more drugs into the community.”

Milwaukee County voters will have a referendum on their ballots this November asking about recreational marijuana use by adults. Similar referendums have been proposed by elected officials in Dane, La Crosse and Rock counties.

Recreational marijuana use by adults is legal in Colorado, eight other states and the District of Columbia, according to marijuana.procon.org, which tracks the issue. Marijuana use for medical reasons is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

Canada this week approved legislation making recreational marijuana use legal. The law is expected to go into effect in early to mid-September.

The Brown County proposal would go to a committee for study and a potential recommendation to the full board. A vote by the full board could not come earlier than mid-July.

If the board wants a referendum question on the November ballot, it must make the decision to add it no later than August, County Clerk Sandy Juno said Wednesday.

A question about marijuana would be the second advisory referendum on Brown County ballots in November.

The county also plans to ask voters for support in pushing state lawmakers to close the “dark stores” loophole in tax law. The law allows functinal retail businesses to be taxed at the same rate as that of stores that are non-operational and, in some cases, have been closed for years — something advocates say unfairly shifts the property-tax burden onto homeowners.

The post WI: Should Marijuana Be Legal? You Might Get To Weigh In At The Polls Soon appeared first on 420 MAGAZINE ®.

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