Wisconsin: Marijuana Legalization to Appear on Dane County Ballot

Wisconsin: Marijuana Legalization to Appear on Dane County Ballot

MADISON, WI — Voters in the Wisconsin capital city of Madison, and the rest of Dane County, will vote on a non-binding referendum this spring asking residents if they think marijuana should be legalized in the state.

The question was placed on the spring 2014 ballot by country supervisors to see where voters stand on the issue.

“The question was an advisory non-binding referendum for the spring election asking the Dane County residents if they think the state government should enact policy to legalize marijuana,” said County Supervisor Leland Pan, who pushed to put the issue before voters.

While the question is non-binding, it gives voters the opportunity to express to lawmakers how they feel on the issue of marijuana legalization.

Recent polls have found that a majority of Americans support marijuana legalization, as well as half of Wisconsin voters. And that includes County Supervisor Leland Pan.

“For me personally, I am very supportive of full legalization,” Pan said. “I think it is a very pressing issue.”

While there has been no legislation introduced this year to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, lawmakers will be considering a bill filed jointly in the Senate and Assembly late last year that would, if passed, allow medical marijuana use in the state.

If passed, the bills would allow registered patients to possess up to three ounces of medical marijuana. Patients or their caregivers would be allowed to grow up to twelve plants, or purchase their medicine from a state regulated, non-profit medical marijuana dispensary.

Caregivers would be allowed to treat up to five patients.

Under the proposal, medical marijuana dispensaries, or “compassion centers,” would be required to be located 500 feet or more from schools.  All medical marijuana sold at the compassion centers would be required to be lab tested for mold, fungus, pesticides or other contaminants.  The bill also authorizes medical marijuana dispensaries to provide delivery services to patients.

Specific qualifying conditions for Wisconsin’s proposed medical marijuana program would include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Chron’s disease, hepatitis C, Alzheimer’s, amytrophic lateral sclerosis, nail patella syndrome, Ehlers−Danlos Syndrome, and post−traumatic stress disorder.

Ailments also includes any chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition  that causes cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.”

The bill allows the Department of Health Services to add additional ailments as necessary.

Those bills, Senate Bill 363 and companion legislation Assembly Bill 480, are pending in each chamber’s respective Health committee.

The bills have a combined 18 sponsors in both chambers of the legislature, all Democrats.

Under present law, the possession of any amount of cannabis in Wisconsin is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to six-month in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Any subsequent marijuana possession offense is classified as a felony, punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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  • dos santos

    Casinos, Fireworks, Tobacco, Alcohol, and firearms are all legal in Wisconsin. Makes you wonder who is profiting the most having Cannabis illegal? CBD is a powerful tool to help many people with huge medical benefits. Lets get smart Wisconsin, let the people vote!!

    • MosinNagant2

      Unfortunately Wisconsin is one of few states that does not allow citizens to petition for ballot initiatives so it is totally up to the state legislator and Governor.

    • Jerry Person

      Thousands of people are profiting from this in Wisconsin. every member of the DOJ. from the supreme court judges to the janitors. With the massive damage done to generations of our youth by the judiciary so a greedy few can prevail like Scott walker.

  • Jerry Person

    Pot laws has made ALEC and millions and that is why walker will never allow it. Wisconsin will have to wait until he is convicted and sentenced for his crimes.
    Scott Walker remembers creating jobs as assemblyman in Wisconsin . It was easy with ALEC. 32000 UNION public sector jobs. It is not as easy this time with out using your tax dollars. Scott Walker has created ALL Wisconsin`s budget problems working for ALEC. In 1997 Walker and Prosser as state assemblymen championed for ALEC with truth in sentencing telling the legislatures it would not cost a dime it was to give judges not parole boards the control over sentencing. Then Walker filibustered to stop sentencing changes after the fact misleading ALL the legislatures. With out the sentencing changes Wisconsin`s prisons quadrupled over night. Most people sentenced to 2 years now had to serve as much as 6o years. It shows Wisconsin has wasted 100 billion if you add the numbers to the state budget since 1997. Not including the building new or remodeling of 71 courthouses & 71 county jails & 441 police stations and dozens of prisons 28 billion plus interest. The total is over 28 BILLION plus the 60 Billion spent by social services to support prisoners families because the bread winner was a political prisoner as US Att gen Eric Holder explained. Then farming out prisoners in several states until the courts realized it was not allowed in the Wisconsin constitution. Wisconsin then hired 32000 union public sector workers to fill the jobs housing the prisoners from deputies , judges, district attorneys all owe Walker for creating there jobs. 32000 UNION PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS. This cost taxpayers over 3.8 billion or a half million per day to house these EXTRA prisoners per day in Milwaukee county alone. Wisconsin claims it has 24,000 prisoners compared to Minnesota`s 5500. Wisconsin`s corrections population is 104,000 with many in half way house and county jails and county prisons that are not counted.

    • Northern_Lights

      Even the Democrats in this state are asshats… in point = Julie Lassa.

      • Jerry Person

        Like BIG GOVERNMENT BIG SPENDER SCOOTER WANKER

  • whew

    I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder when i was ten years old. I was violently raped for four years by my uncle from ages 4-8. That trauma is embedded in my psyche and will never go away. I tried prescription meds and all had horrific side effects which all resulted in hospitalization. I’m too sensitive for pharma drugs. Marijuana in small doses has helped me immensely to ‘enjoy’ life. I am glad to see that it may become legal now. The side effects of withdrawal from marijuana are similar to pms symptoms. I can handle that, lol :) I’m speaking from personal experience.

  • Allan Murphy

    my hole thing is the jobs and tax dollars it will bring its like cigs age 21 to smoke …… im only thinking of our great state best workers in the world ………….