Wisconsin Governor Calls For ‘Meaningful Conversation’ On Legalizing Marijuana In Inaugural Address

Wisconsin Governor Calls For ‘Meaningful Conversation’ On Legalizing Marijuana In Inaugural Address
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During an inaugural address on Tuesday, the governor of Wisconsin reaffirmed his commitment to advancing marijuana reform in the new session. After being sworn in for his second term, Gov. Tony Evers (D) listed a number of policy priorities, including for the state to have a “meaningful conversation about treating marijuana much like we do alcohol.” “But we can’t do it alone. Together we will,” the governor, who has repeatedly advocated for adult-use cannabis legalization, said.

Evers has recognized that the conservative legislature is more likely to find bipartisan agreement on a relatively limited reform such as medical marijuana than to fully legalize recreational cannabis, but he’s still expected to include both policy proposals in his forthcoming executive budget proposal. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) said last month that if the governor followed through on including recreational legalization in his budget, that could jeopardize lawmakers’ efforts to find cross-party consensus on medical cannabis. The speaker, who has previously expressed openness to medical cannabis legalization, said Evers shouldn’t be “pitching the farthest extreme position” if he wants to get some kind of reform enacted in the 2023 session. In its budget request that was unveiled last month, the state Department of Revenue (DOR) called on the governor to put legalization in his executive proposal. The State Public Defender (SDP) is separately seeking decriminalization of cannabis possession. — Marijuana Moment is tracking hundreds of 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 governor included recreational and medical marijuana legalization in his 2021 budget and decriminalization and medical cannabis…

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