Wisconsin Governor Announces Plans to Include Cannabis Legalization in State Budget
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Wisconsin Governor Announces Plans to Include Cannabis Legalization in State Budget

Previous attempts at legalization have been blocked by the Republican-led Legislature.

November 14, 2022

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will again try to legalize cannabis through his state budget proposal.

“We will have a budget that includes legalizing marijuana,” the Democratic governor told reporters Nov. 9, according to a local WISN report.

Previous attempts at legalization—including Evers’ earlier plans to legalize medical and adult-use cannabis through his his budget proposal and bills that would have legalized medical and adult-use cannabis—have been blocked by Wisconsin’s Republican-led Legislature.

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Voters in Milwaukee, Dane and Eau Claire counties, as well as those in the cities of Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Stevens Point and Superior, supported legalizing and taxing cannabis in advisory referenda last week, according to WSIN.

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While it remains to be seen if legalization has the support it needs this year in the Legislature, Evers told reporters last week that he will continue advocating for it.

“At some point in time, the will of the people will become the law of the land,” he said, according to WSIN.