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Wisconsin Gov. Evers Plans for Marijuana Legalization in Budget

a marijuana plant is held up after being picked in full bloom
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By    |   Monday, 08 February 2021 04:13 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has included plans for legalizing marijuana both for recreational and medical use, which he claims would bring in $165 million, in his two-year budget plan released Monday.

Criminal possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Wisconsin on the first office, but later offenses could be charged as a felony, the penalties for which include a fine of up to $10,000 or three-and-a-half years in prison, though certain cities in the state have made minor possession of marijuana punishable by a fine.

"Legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin — just like we do already with alcohol — ensures a controlled market and safe product are available for both recreational and medicinal users and can open the door for countless opportunities for us to reinvest in our communities and create a more equitable state," Evers said Monday, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.

"Frankly, red and blue states across the country have moved forward with legalization and there is no reason Wisconsin should be left behind when we know it's supported by a majority of Wisconsinites," he added.

However, Republican state Sen. Kathy Bernier of Chippewa Falls called the plans "divisive," and said the GOP-controlled Wisconsin legislature will not support legalization.

"The bottom line is, he knows, I know, we know that the Republican Legislature is not going to legalize marijuana, per se," Bernier told WPR. "So, let's talk about the things we can do, and work together."

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has included plans for legalizing marijuana both for recreational and medical use, which he claims would bring in $165 million, in his two-year budget plan released Monday.
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