Gov. Tony Evers
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Proposal to Reform Wisconsin’s Marijuana Laws

The governor believes it is time for Wisconsin to join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana.

By - Feb 18th, 2019 09:32 am

MADISON – Governor Tony Evers today announced that his budget will include proposals to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establish an expungement procedure for individuals who have completed their sentence or probation for possession, and align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards.

The governor believes it is time for Wisconsin to join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. Last year, nearly one million voters in 16 counties and two cities in Wisconsin voted to approve non-binding referenda asking if marijuana should be legal for medical or recreational use. These referenda all passed by significant majorities.

Under the governor’s proposal, a physician, or a practitioner under the direction of a physician, can recommend the use of medical marijuana to alleviate symptoms related to medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, severe nausea, and seizures.

The governor will also align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards. CBD oil is made from marijuana and can be used to treat seizures in children. Currently, Wisconsin law requires families to possess CBD oil only with yearly certification by a physician. The governor believes that families and individuals should be able to obtain this treatment without additional barriers.

“As a cancer survivor, I know the side effects of a major illness can make everyday tasks a challenge. People shouldn’t be treated as criminals for accessing a desperately-needed medication that can alleviate their suffering,” Gov. Evers said. “Wisconsinites overwhelmingly agree that this is a critically important issue. But it’s not just about access to health care, it’s about connecting the dots between racial disparities and economic inequity.”

Reforming Wisconsin’s marijuana laws to align with the people’s support for medical marijuana is an important part of the governor’s plan. But so, too, is addressing the social and racial justice aspect of marijuana use. Wisconsin has the highest incarceration rate in the country for Black men, and drug-related crimes account for as many as 75-85 percent of all inmates in our prisons.

That is why the governor will also decriminalize possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana for amounts of 25 grams or less. This language would also prevent localities from establishing their own ordinances or penalties for possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana. The governor’s plan will 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.

“Too many people, often persons of color, spend time in our criminal justice system just for possessing small amounts of marijuana. That doesn’t make our communities stronger or safer,” Evers said. “This shouldn’t be a Republican issue or Democratic issue, and I look forward to working on both sides of the aisle to pass this proposal in my budget.”

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4 thoughts on “Gov. Scott Walker Defense of Taking Donation From Marijuana Industry Advocates While Calling For More Drug Testing: $25,000 Check Too Small to Influence Him”

  1. myfivecents says:

    By Walker saying a $25,000 campaign contribution isn’t big enough to buy his support, he is admitting that there is a big enough dollar amount that will buy his support. He can be bought if they pay enough. There is no way he talk himself out of this one.

  2. AG says:

    Wait… so… if someone gives him money, and his policies are in line with the views of the donors, that’s bad. However, if he gets money from donors and his policies are not in line with those donors, that’s… er… bad?

  3. Vincent Hanna says:

    A politician will take money from anyone (and return it later only if it’s potentially damaging to their future reelection prospects), but it seems stupid to give money to one who opposes your core beliefs and will do nothing to advance your agenda.

  4. Jesse says:

    Walker , that’s awesome you are now getting jobs you promised some yrs ago .
    That’s great , the bad thing is 72% of Wisconsinites want legal weed.
    You say you want the best for us in Wisconsin, then why are you picking on the poorest of the poor people in Wisconsin. people who need food, realy, that’s the lowest shot you could give to the residents of Wisconsin. Pick on the Fuckers running the black market in our state and leave the poor alone. You have an opinion , well ,so do we , and so doe;s the rest of Wisconsin & I will bet there not on your side…………………………… .

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