When voters in 16 Wisconsin counties and two cities go to the polls Nov. 6 they will join a nationwide debate by marking their ballots for or against legalizing marijuana use either for medical reasons or personal recreation.
Wisconsin Marijuana News and Politics
Baldwin, Tammy - (D - WI)
717 Hart Washington DC 20510
Johnson, Ron - (R - WI)
328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Sen. Johnson is up for re-election in 2016
Marijuana Policy Project on Wisconsin:
Last update: September 14, 2015
An individual in Wisconsin convicted of mere possession of less than an ounce of marijuana faces a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000! Ask your legislators to support legislation that replaces the threat of jail time and the disastrous criminal record that accompanies a criminal conviction for marijuana possession with a simple civil fine. This simple policy change would allow law enforcement to focus on violent crimes. It would also help reduce the consequences of alarming racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. According to the ACLU, African Americans in Wisconsin are almost six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as their white neighbors are.
2015-2016 session underway; proposal to tax and regulate marijuana unveiled
The 2015-2016 legislative session is underway in Madison, and so far two positive marijuana-related bills have been introduced. The first would legalize marijuana for adults, while the second would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) has once again introduced legislation that seeks to regulate the production and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older. If successful, Wisconsin would join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in recognizing that marijuana is safer for both consumers and non-consumers alike when it is tested, labeled, produced, and sold by regulated and tax-paying businesses. If you are a resident of the Badger State, please take a minute to write your lawmakers and ask them to support this proposal.
In addition to Rep. Sargent’s legalization bill, a proposal to replace the criminal penalty for possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana with a less severe civil fine was jointly introduced by Rep. Mandela Barnes in the Assembly and Sen. Chris Larson in the Senate.
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