Wisconsin’s Governor Is Ready To Sign A GOP-Led Medical Marijuana Bill If It’s Not ‘Flawed’ With Excessive Restrictions

Wisconsin’s Governor Is Ready To Sign A GOP-Led Medical Marijuana Bill If It’s Not ‘Flawed’ With Excessive Restrictions
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The Democratic governor of Wisconsin says he’s “confident” that lawmakers in the state’s Republican-led legislature will produce a passable, bipartisan medical marijuana legalization bill this session, and that he’s ready to sign such a measure—as long as the majority party doesn’t come up with a “flawed” plan that’s overly restrictive. In a pair of new interviews, Gov. Tony Evers (D) reacted to remarks from Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R), who said last week that Republicans are “getting pretty close on medical marijuana,” keeping the door open for reform this session. While Evers plans to continue pushing for comprehensive reform that includes legalizing cannabis for adult use, he told WISN 12 News’s UPFRONT on Sunday that he’d sign medical marijuana legislation in the interim if it doesn’t contain problematic provisions.

“I talked to both leaders about marijuana in general—but yes, if a medicinal marijuana law came to my desk and it was in good shape and it wasn’t flawed in any way, I certainly will” sign it, he said. “I’ve supported medicinal marijuana since I’ve been governor.” Asked about what he’d consider to be flawed legislation, Evers said one of his main concerns is “how restrictive it would be.” “It seems to me it should be pretty straightforward, so we’ll see what it looks like, but I feel confident that they’ll come up with a bill that I can sign,” he said. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) has also talked about his interest in advancing medical cannabis reform, though he did signal that he’d want a fairly limited proposal that focuses on patients with a specific set of conditions, particularly those where marijuana could be used as an opioid alternative. Evers separately talked about moving the issue forward in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ that aired on…

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