Finance committee rebuffs Wisconsin governor’s medical marijuana plan

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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.