Top GOP Wisconsin Lawmaker Says Medical Marijuana Deal Isn’t Close, Warning Governor Against Recreational Push

Top GOP Wisconsin Lawmaker Says Medical Marijuana Deal Isn’t Close, Warning Governor Against Recreational Push
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A top Republican Wisconsin lawmaker is pushing back against the idea that the conservative legislature is close to making a deal on medical marijuana legalization, and he’s again warning the Democratic governor against calling for adult-use legalization as part of his forthcoming budget request. While Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R) said last week that his caucus is “getting pretty close” on medical cannabis reform, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a new interview published on Wednesday that that’s not necessarily the case from his chamber’s perspective. The speaker said that any attempt to legalize medical marijuana must be narrowly tailored for specific, seriously ill patients and not serve as a pathway to recreational legalization. Vos also reiterated that if Gov. Tony Evers (D) tries including recreational legalization in his budget, as he has pledged to do, that could “poison the well” and upend bipartisan discussions about the more modest reform. “I want to make sure that, at least from my perspective, we are crystal clear this is not about a pathway toward recreational, it’s not about creating a new industry with all kinds of new revenue for the state,” Vos said. “It’s about making sure that people who suffer with a chronic disease get relief in a way that helps their quality of life be better.” “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that it is helping the people who have a chronic disease, not creating a pathway or a gateway to recreational marijuana somewhere in the future,” the speaker added. “I think—I know our caucus would not support that. I don’t think it’d be good for the state.” — Marijuana Moment is tracking hundreds of cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters…

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