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Matt Flynn Comes Out in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana

Flynn says he will push for it as governor only if voters also favor legalization

By - Nov 14th, 2017 11:49 am

Marijuana plant. Photo by Jennifer Martin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Marijuana plant. Photo by Jennifer Martin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

(Milwaukee) – Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn today announced that he supports the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. However, he made clear he would only push for it as governor if a majority of Wisconsinites approve.

“Having reviewed the results of legalization in other states, I now believe Wisconsin should legalize marijuana,” said Flynn.

“I am concerned about the impact of mass incarceration on our society, including both the social and financial impact. Under present law, people can easily acquire a felony record that effectively bars them from most employment for the rest of their lives. The financial burden on the criminal justice system is also unacceptable.”

“I also believe that legalizing marijuana will simply recognize a fact of life for many people, including the increasing use of medical marijuana by senior citizens to alleviate pain. Another result of legalization, although not the main reason for my position, will be the increased tax revenue and safety benefits that legalization will bring.”

Flynn called on state lawmakers to put a non-binding referendum on the ballot in the November election of 2018, asking voters if they support the legalization and sale of marijuana. If the measure passes, Flynn would push the state legislature to pass legalization, regulation, and taxation legislation.

“Legalization could have a profound impact on our state, so I think it’s important we only take that path if the people of this state agree with it,” Flynn said.
Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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2 thoughts on “Matt Flynn Comes Out in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana”

  1. Terry says:

    If the Wisconsin Democratic Party runs a pro-legalization candidate they will win. If they don’t, they will lose. It’s that simple.
    I called the Trump victory six months before he won. Believe me, repubs and dems alike are sick and tired of the utterly failed war on marijuana.

  2. Scott says:

    After I admitted “smoking marijuana in the last 3 months”, the nurse at Froedtert said to me, “I’d rather be in a roomfull of people smoking pot than in a room of drunks” and explaining it with “drunks get violent, marijuana smokers get mellow.” Well imagine that. That would certainly decrease the crime rate, eh?

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