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Wisconsin Republicans propose to legalize medical marijuana

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Wisconsin is an island in the Midwest where the use of marijuana is prohibited. Most of its neighboring countries have legalized the property in some form. It may change soon, as a coalition of Republican lawmakers Submit a bill That would legalize medical marijuana.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 other countriesWashington, D.C., and three US territories allow medical marijuana. It’s not a partisan issue, said Senator Marie Veleskowski, R-Irma, one of the bill’s main sponsors. “When you look at a map of states where medical marijuana is legal, you’ll see conservative states like Florida and South Dakota, and more liberal states like California and New York offering a compassionate choice to those in need of relief,” Vezkowski noted.

The policy will only allow medical marijuana in liquid, oil, topical, tincture, or pill form. A similar bill was introduced by Felzkowski during the last legislative session, but it stagnated and failed to pass. The latest version is also likely to face long odds, as the Senate on Tuesday passed a measure increasing criminal penalties for extracting resin from cannabis. Patrick Snyder, R-Schofield, has outlined a rigorous administrative system for the regulation and dispensing of medical marijuana, which will be overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Medical Marijuana Regulatory Authority.

“The Wisconsin private sector, under regulation from the Commission and the DOR, will provide production, processing, laboratory testing, transportation and dispensing,” Snyder explained. a 2019 poll from Marquette University School of Law found that more than 80% of Wisconsin residents support the legalization of medical marijuana, and nearly 60% support complete legalization.

Governor Tony Evers included a measure to legalize marijuana in the state budget for the 2021-2023 biennium, but it was stripped by Republicans in the legislature.

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