Patrick Marley and Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
MADISON – Days after rejecting a medical marijuana plan, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Friday he wants to debate the issue this fall even though it would be extremely difficult to pass.
Vos, of Rochester, in recent years has shown support for legalizing medical marijuana, but other Republicans who control the Legislature have expressed deep skepticism toward the idea.
"I'd like to have at least a discussion about medical marijuana," Vos said Friday when asked about his top priorities for lawmakers when they return to the Capitol in the fall.
He acknowledged that the idea is unlikely to go anywhere even if he finds enough support for it among the five dozen Republicans in his house. That's because of staunch opposition to the idea from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau.
Vos spoke of medical marijuana with reporters just after he formally sent the state budget to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Republican lawmakers approved the budget this week after removing from it Evers' proposal to legalize medical marijuana and end penalties for recreational marijuana.