State Residents Paid $36 Million in Illinois Marijuana Taxes in 2022
Nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau study shows revenue lost annually by Wisconsin.
Agard has been pushing to fully legalize cannabis since 2013. A public hearing for cannabis legislation, however, wasn’t held by the Republican-controlled Legislature until last April. The hearing focused on a Republican-backed bill to legalize medicinal cannabis to a very limited extent. Under the bill, patients could only seek medicinal cannabis to treat eight specific conditions. Those included Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Medical cannabis could also only be provided in a pill, tincture or topical form. This would mean that other cannabis products such as flower, wax, oils and edibles would remain illegal. Full legalization was included in past budgets by Gov. Tony Evers, as well as bills by Agard, none of which survived. In Illinois, less than an hour away from Milwaukee by highway, cannabis is fully legalized for adults.
“It should upset every Wisconsinite that our hard earned tax dollars are going across the border to Illinois,” Agard said in a statement. “This is revenue that could be going toward Wisconsin’s public schools, transportation infrastructure and public safety. Instead, Illinois is reaping the benefits of Republican obstructionism and their prohibitionist stance on marijuana legalization.” Agard noted that the revenue losses are even larger when considering other neighboring states with legal cannabis, Michigan and Minnesota.
“We are an island of prohibition and the people of our state are hurting because of it,” said Agard in a press statement. “As seen in our neighboring states, legalizing marijuana for responsible adult usage will generate significant revenue for our mainstreets, safely regulate the existing illicit market, reinvest in our agriculture and farming heritage, support entrepreneurship, and address the massive and egregious racial disparities from marijuana prohibition.”
Evers has included fully legalized cannabis in his most recent budget proposal. Agard said that if the provision is yet again stripped out by Republican lawmakers, she will introduce her own legislation. “It’s high time we get this done for the betterment of our state and the people living here.”
Cannabis prohibition costs Wisconsin millions in tax revenue was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.
More about the Legalizing of Marijuana
- Senator Agard: Response to Speaker Vos’ Medical Marijuana Comments - State Sen. Melissa Agard, Senate Democratic Leader - Apr 20th, 2023
- State Residents Paid $36 Million in Illinois Marijuana Taxes in 2022 - Isiah Holmes - Mar 20th, 2023
- Wisconsinites Paid over $36 Million in Taxes to Illinois on Cannabis Purchases - State Sen. Melissa Agard, Senate Democratic Leader - Mar 16th, 2023
- Illinois, Michigan Gained $770 Million From Cannabis Taxes in 2022 - Katjusa Cisar - Mar 9th, 2023
- Half of State’s Adults Live Within 75 Minutes of Marijuana Dispensary - Hope Kirwan - Feb 15th, 2023
- Legislators Close to Agreeing on Medical Marijuana Bill - Rob Mentzer - Jan 9th, 2023
- Milwaukee Lawmakers Plan Another Go At Unifying Pot Possession Fines - Graham Kilmer - Dec 30th, 2022
- Senator Agard Applauds President Biden’s Bold Action on Marijuana Reform - State Sen. Melissa Agard, Senate Democratic Leader - Oct 6th, 2022
- MKE County: Supervisors Seek Marijuana Referendum - Graham Kilmer - Jul 5th, 2022
- State Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana - Shawn Johnson - Apr 21st, 2022
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