Wisconsin Governor Will Include Marijuana Legalization In Budget Proposal Next Week

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) on Sunday unveiled a plan to legalize marijuana as part of his forthcoming budget proposal, a policy change he said reflects the will of voters and would bring the state hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue that could be used to fund schools and equity initiatives. “Legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin—just like we do already with alcohol—ensures a controlled market and safe product are available for both recreational and medicinal users,” the governor said in a statement, “and can open the door for countless opportunities for us to reinvest in our communities and create a more equitable state.” Evers first signaled in December that he was considering adding legalization to his 2021–2023 budget proposal despite Republican lawmakers’ steady rejections in recent years of more modest marijuana reforms. Evers in 2019 tried to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small-scale cannabis possession in his first budget proposal as governor, but Republicans in the legislature stripped those provisions from the bill. The latest proposal sets up yet another partisan fight. The governor’s plan introduced Sunday would legalize cannabis for adults 21 years or older, allowing possession of up to two ounces of cannabis by Wisconsin residents (or up to a quarter-ounce by nonresidents) and home cultivation of up to six plants for personal use. The proposal would also legalize medical marijuana, which would not be subject to a retail tax. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 500 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — The program could bring…

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