The Most Dangerous Thing about Marijuana in Wisconsin is that it is Illegal
"Far too many lives and communities have been damaged by out of date and backwards cannabis policies..."
MADISON – Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) released the following statement to announce the introduction of LRB-0154 to fully legalize marijuana in the state of Wisconsin:
“When I first ran for office, I would have never imagined myself introducing legislation to legalize marijuana. However, after listening to heart wrenching stories and experiences about the negative implications that the prohibition of marijuana has had on our state, I knew that pragmatic action was needed. Far too many lives and communities have been damaged by out of date and backwards cannabis policies, and we must take this important and necessary step towards rectifying these damages. The simple truth is, the most dangerous thing about marijuana in Wisconsin is that it is illegal.
I am proud and excited to reintroduce this legislation for the 4th session– LRB-0154 includes the following provisions, amongst others, that have been shaped from countless meetings, conversations, and partnerships with constituents and stakeholders:
- Criminal Justice Reform: Process of expungement & release for sitting “offenders” for low level non-violent offenses; decriminalization for other marijuana related offenses
- Community Safety: Required identification on licensed compassion centers; additional education and awareness components; prohibitions on open containers and usage of cannabis in motor vehicles
- Labor Standards & Lifting Up Wisconsin Workers: Merit based licensure system; labor peace agreements; labeling for Wisconsin grown and manufactured products; five-year moratorium on out of state industry
- Protections for Gun Owners: Ensuring expunged convictions and marijuana registries are not taken into consideration for gun purchases and ownership
This bill is not of my own individual doing, and does not cater to the opinions of legislators here inside of the Capitol building or any other special interests, but is truly an accumulation of the voices of the people of Wisconsin and works to represent and benefit all Wisconsinites. I will continue working tirelessly in my efforts, and I invite my colleagues across the aisle to join me in legalizing opportunity in our state.”
Melissa Sargent is a State Representative in the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 48th Assembly District, which covers the east and north sides of the city of Madison and the village of Maple Bluff.
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- Op Ed: Senate Leader Blocks Marijuana Reform - Iuscely Flores - Apr 27th, 2021
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- It’s Time for Legal Cannabis in Wisconsin - A Better Wisconsin Together - Apr 20th, 2021
- Evers, Advocates Discuss Justice System Reform, Legalizing Pot - Graham Kilmer - Apr 17th, 2021
- GOP State Senate Leader Dismisses Marijuana Legalization - Laurel White - Apr 16th, 2021
- Thousands of Wisconsinites Sign Petition in Support of Cannabis Legalization - State Sen. Melissa Agard - Mar 29th, 2021
- MKE County: Board Changes Pot Possession Fine to $1 - Graham Kilmer - Mar 26th, 2021
- County Board Adopts Resolution Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalty - Sup. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez - Mar 25th, 2021
- City Hall: Proposal Ends Fines for Pot Possession - Jeramey Jannene - Mar 23rd, 2021
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