Wisconsin Republicans Block Medical Marijuana From Being Re-Added To Budget

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Wisconsin Republicans have again blocked the state from legalizing medical marijuana as part of the governor’s budget proposal. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted against a motion to re-add the cannabis reform in the 2021-2023 budget plan. This action comes one month after the same panel first voted to scrap Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) marijuana proposal’s—including both recreational and medical legalization—from the budget. The cannabis measures were among nearly 400 provisions that were proposed to be eliminated by the panel. Rep. Evan Goyke (D) argued that the state is becoming “more and more of an island” as neighboring states adopt new cannabis laws. He framed the medical marijuana measure as “an attempt at compromise” with Republicans who oppose broader adult-use legalization and argued that the “sky has not fallen” in other states that have allowed patients to access cannabis. The theme of GOP missed opportunities continues today in Finance. https://t.co/wSHJibwZu1 — Evan Goyke (@RepGoyke) June 2, 2021 The new motion called for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to receive $185,000 annually to regulate a medical marijuana market. But Committee Cochairman Sen. Howard Marklein (R) ruled that the motion to add cannabis language back into the budget was out of order. Goyke admonished GOP lawmakers to “stop running from this debate.” Evers released details of his proposed reform legislation through his budget request in February. It would have allowed adults 21 and older, or qualifying patients, to purchase, possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use. Residents could possess up to two ounces of marijuana, while out-of-state visitors could have up to one quarter-ounce. Adults could grow up to six plants for personal use. This is the second time that the governor has included marijuana reform in his budget request only to have that provision stripped by the Republican-led legislature.…

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