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Evers wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical use

NOW: Evers wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical use


MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana.

Evers said it's time Wisconsin join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. Possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana in amounts of 25 grams or less should be decriminalized, Evers said. The governor's proposal would also establish an expungement procedure for individuals convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 25 grams of marijuana who have completed their sentence or probation.

"The bottom line is we're spending too much money prosecuting and incarcerating people, and often people of color for non-violent crimes related to possessing small amounts of marijuana," said Gov. Tony Evers (D) Wisconsin.

Evers also wants to get rid of the yearly physician's certification needed for use of cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, which is used to treat seizures.

It's unclear if the Republican-controlled Legislature will approve the plan. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he's opposed to legalization. Evers' budget is expected to be announced by the end of February.

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement concerning Governor Evers’ marijuana proposal:

“Without having specific details, his proposal appears to go too far. It makes it easier to get recreational marijuana and provides a pathway to full legalization, which I do not support. I’m open to medical marijuana when it’s prescribed by a doctor but it has to be done in a targeted way without allowing recreational use.”
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