Wisconsin Would Use Marijuana Legalization to Pay For Education, Equity
Evers will include proposal in his upcoming executive budget.
Governor Tony Evers announced Sunday morning that his 2021-2023 budget proposal would include a proposal to legalize marijuana.
The biennial Wisconsin budget often is used as a major policy document for the state.
Evers said legalization would generate $165 million in tax revenue annually starting in the first full state fiscal year of its implementation (July 2022-June 2023).
The governor’s budget will set $80 million aside for local investment through a new community reinvestment fund. Of that, $34 million would go to rural school districts, $30 million for equity grants and $5 million towards grants to underserved communities.
The remaining funding would go to the state’s general fund.
Wisconsin would become the 16th state to legalize marijuana. The existing states that have legalized marijuana include neighboring Michigan and Illinois. Medicinal uses are legalized in 36 states.
“Frankly, red and blue states across the country have moved forward with legalization and there is no reason Wisconsin should be left behind when we know it’s supported by a majority of Wisconsinites,” said the governor.
The full budget is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The Republican-controlled Legislature will then take up the document, with adoption likely for the summer.
But the marijuana proposal faces an uphill climb to be included in the approved budget.
Evers’ first budget proposal, the current 2019-2021 budget, included a less aggressive push to legalize medical marijuana usage and decriminalize possession. The proposal was quickly removed by the Legislature.
There would be limits on possession and production. Wisconsin residents would have a two-ounce possession limit, a total that drops to 0.25 ounces for nonresidents. Marijuana processors would be required to only use marijuana grown in the state.
Recreational use would be available for individuals 21 and older. Medical use would be available for qualifying individuals 18 and up.
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