Saturday, July 21, 2018

Legalizing Marijuana in Wisconsin

From The Shepherd Express:

Despite widespread public support, Republicans continues to block reform

Jul. 17, 2018
4:39 p.m.

As a freshman legislator in 2014, Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) introduced a bill to fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. At the time, she found that a lot of residents supported the idea, even if they couldn’t bring themselves to say it out loud. “People would come up to me and quietly say, ‘I’m a fan of the stuff you’re working on’ or ‘Keep up the good work with that one policy,’” Sargent recalls. “It was almost like a wink and a nod. Code words were used.”

Just a few years later, Rep. Sargent has seen a “seismic shift” in public perception. People are much more comfortable talking openly about cannabis, and national polls show a majority of Americans are in favor of its legalization. A 2016 Marquette Law School poll found that 59% of Wisconsinites believe it should be legal and regulated like alcohol.

Eric Marsch, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), agrees there is more momentum behind legalization today. Still, he cautions, momentum is not a guarantee. In Wisconsin, the Republican legislative majority continues to resist ideas for reform, and Gov. Scott Walker, a frequent promoter of the “gateway drug” theory, supports prohibition even for medical use. If Wisconsinites don’t vote pro-cannabis candidates into office, Marsch says, legalization is unlikely to happen anytime soon. “When we talk to people now, they say, ‘It’s coming soon, we’re going to get there,’” Marsch says. “But we’re only going to ‘get there’ if people push for it. It’s not just going to happen on its own.”

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The crack about Republicans blocking reform fails to mention that when the Democrats were in charge the same thing happened.  I am so sick of this political war.  


OrbsCorbs said...

Kind of ironic that the print version of this article comes in a paper which also contains the Shepherd Express' Guide to Summer Drinks. The front page has the marijuana pic with "Legalizing Marijuana in Wisconsin" intertwined with the leaves. In the upper right corner is a plug for the Summer Drink Guide.

The liquor lobby has a choke hold on the legislature in Wisconsin.

TSE said...

"The liquor lobby has a choke hold on the legislature in Wisconsin".

And the drunks of WI continue to fund the Liquor Lobby by playing the illegal gambling machines in WI bars - where part of the proceeds pay off the local cops and fund politicians.

With taxes in MTP about to steeply climb - and Racine County about to take the plunge into the financial abyss.... it's likely time to search for greener pastures.

There isn't a bit of difference between most Democraps and Republithugs.

Jordan Maxwell: Hidden History

TSE said...

SO how's that BLUE FIST from Racine Mayor (D) feel when he shoves it up your azz?

And Greta Neubauer?

She's...... LOST!

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