Finance committee rebuffs Wisconsin governor’s medical marijuana plan

The Wisconsin Legislature’s joint finance committee on Thursday voted 11-4 along party lines to reject Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

All the committee’s Republicans voted to scrap the item, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

In his budget plan, Evers, a Democrat, had recommended establishing a medical marijuana program that would have included a 10% tax surcharge on retail MMJ sales in addition to the state’s regular sales tax.

The legislative committee also rejected the governor’s plan to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

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18 comments on “Finance committee rebuffs Wisconsin governor’s medical marijuana plan
  1. Gary on

    These illegitimate gerrymandering Republican frauds have no shame as they completeky eschew the will of the people. Wisconsin is TRASH

    • Tyler on

      Agreed. This state is living in the past. My best friend is living with chronic pain because she refuses to get addicted to pain pills and the state is completely backwards when it comes to recognizing marijuana as a safe pain reliever.

  2. Micheal kuzinski on

    Wisconsin is a GOP alchohol controlled state. Only federal law will legalize it In Wisconsin by these small minded people.

  3. Matt on

    Gary hit the nail on the head. GOP shills just want to get paid and don’t gaf about regular people living in Wisconsin.

  4. Curtis on

    while medical marijuana could help many people with various conditions. It could cut back opioid use for chronic pain, Kemotherapy side affects relief, and many other conditions republicans backwoods thinking continues to block progress. WE need to vote OUT the republican majority for not representing the wishes of the people. They also blocked medicaid expansion in which 75% of voters were in favor of, majority also in favor of legalized medical marijuana. If your not representing the wishes of the people what are you representing, big pharma, the alcohol industry or what GET … OUT.

    • James on

      Time to get rid of these people
      You’re fired.. vote for anyone else other than those who are against the will of the people

  5. Tommydye on

    First of all Governor Evers only said he would legalize weed to get votes.This weak governor is just like all the others promise to do so much until elected.Stupid governor has no power …medical weed helps so many,but republicans are paid to keep people hooked on pills,and lock up the poor for weed to destroy families.We must tell Evers to grow a pair

    • Tyler Terrell on

      Tommydye, do you know how the system works? Did you read the article? Tony followed through. It’s the Republicans in the Finance Committee who blocked it.

    • Trey Michael Cotherman on

      Scott walker used his powers as governor to limit the powers of a Wisconsin governor so Evers couldn’t make changes

  6. Dominick Anthony Ziehme on

    Vote democrat across the board in 2020 to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. Republicans have NEVER been for the people. Only big pharma and other buisness lobbiest money matter to Vos, arling, Fitzgerald, etc….

    • J K on

      You couldn’t be more correct. People, the only way this initiative passes now, or in the future is if the Dems take back control of this state. The only way that happens is if enough people care enough to vote. Spread the word – every friend, neighbor, relative that you think may cast a vote. Educate them, and get them out to the polls. Vote Democrat across the board, and bring back this great State!

  7. Ken on

    While the republicans claim to be for, and working on, a plan to create medical MJ. They are actually working behind the scenes to re-regulate industrial hemp by pushing the legal limit on hemp from the current federal law of up to .3% to .03%. This will cause all mom and pops startups to scrap their own processing, and their labs, and force them to send all their hemp to a pricey lab that has the equipment to meet those new regulations. A more Pharmacietical type product is what their after. Already, millions are being spent creating these labs, and their republican friends are creating laws to give them their “monopoly”!… just another rich getting richer story. So…, if anyone thinks the republicans are going to let regular people get a shot at this new business, you can forget that…. unless, of course, we can get rid of these republicans.

  8. Forrest on

    I’ve have lost total faith in the Government.
    That’s fine don’t legalize Medical Marijuana. WE WILL KEEP IT ON THE STREETS!
    Doesn’t bother me any. As a buyer, I will continue to save monies buying off the STREETS!
    I voted for you EVERS!

  9. anonymous on

    No worries, everyone can just come on down to illinois January 1st and grab some weed. To bad wisconsin will miss out on all that money.

    • Wisco50 on

      Truth. But think not immediately as I can just picture WI law enforcement at the border when IL sales start. I agree the Republicans like Vos, Fitzgerald etc. need to be voted out!! But with our gerrymandered districts? It’s very disappointing. Make it legal and collect all that tax money! I could also use it for my chronic pain but instead I use opioids and sleep meds. Good going, GOP! Duh.

  10. Happy Hippy on

    Republicans are doing everything they can to block Tony Evers from fulfilling campaign promises. They tried their best to completely tie his hands before he took office and failed when the Supreme Court ruled in Gov Evers favor but these (dirt) bags will never give up until they’re voted out of office.

    Vote Democrat 2020! It’s time Wisconsin moves forward with the rest of the country and legalizes both medical and recreational marijuana.

  11. Brigitte Miller on

    I have never smoked pot but I wish I can! I am disabled due to back problems that is progressing I have PTSD, depression, anxiety, sleep issues I am on at least 20 pills a day and the highest dose legal for fentanyl. Some day this government will hopefully see that we need a change. I would gladly give up my pills and fentanyl patches if there was a better way.

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