Wisconsin Cannabis Legalization Supported by Gubernatorial Candidate

Wisconsin Cannabis Legalization Supported by Gubernatorial Candidate

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Wisconsin cannabis legalization has been endorsed by a gubernatorial candidate, as long as citizens of the state approve of it.

Matt Flynn, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, proposed that the largely Republican legislature put a non-binding referendum on the 2018 ballot to uncover if Wisconsinites support legalizing the sale of cannabis in the state.

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

Small signs indicate that the state might already have some supporters in the legislature. This past May, a bipartisan bill was introduced with the intent to relax penalties for those caught possessing small quantities of cannabis. Taking it one step further, a Wisconsin cannabis legalization bill was introduced this past July.

Gov. Scott Walker, current governor of Wisconsin, opposes medical and recreational cannabis legalization.

If Flynn were to become governor, the candidate said he would lobby for cannabis legislation if citizens were in favor of it.

“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.

Amanda Taylor was the editorial assistant for Marijuana Industry News from September 2016 through February 2018. She earned a BA in English and an MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University.

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