Thanks for joining us tonight.
The discussion surrounding the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is back after an interview governor tony evers gave yesterday.
But the question remains... how realistic of an idea is it in wisconsin?
Our amy reid spoke with lawmakers today... and she joins us in the studio with what they are saying tonight... amy?
While talking with wispolitics dot com, evers said he will likely include a "first step" toward legalizing medical marijuana in his first state budget proposal.
And that might be just the start.
We talked with some lawmakers at the capitol to see how this budget proposal might be recieved.
Nats: evers' inauguration governor tony evers is making his first moves since inauguration on one of his campaign positions: the legalization of medical marijuana.
In an interview tuesday, evers said he will likely include a "first step" toward leglizating medical marijuana in his first state budget proposal.
And full leglization could be on the way too.
Nats: sgt's office.
This news was refreshing to representative melissa sergeant, who, as posters in her office suggest, supports full legalization.
She said it's something the people want.
27:12 at the end of the day, people are using marijuana in our communities and by embracing this piece of legislation we're actually trying to make our state be a safer place :22 she said right now, people who use marijuana in wisconsin are getting it on the "black market," which could mean it has other drugs laced in, like fentanyl.
She said the law is not applied evenly in regards to race, with far more people of color being arrested for possession of the controlled substance.
Because of this, she's introduced bills in the last three sessions aiming to make marijuana legal.
24:31 having a governor and attorney general that aren't afraid to have this conversation and quite frankly see the dangers of prohibition is refreshing :38 nats: press conference that view is not shared universally across the aisle.
While some republicans have voiced support for legalizing medical marijuana, there's not broad support for recreational.
Senate majority leader scott fitzgerald addressed this in a press conference tuesday.
12:51 i still don't believe the support's there within the senate caucus to move in that direction :55 greg kinsley with wisconsin norml said this isn't the type of thinking republicans should have.
44:09 i wish republicans would understand the people aren't going to stop any time soon, in fact htey aren't going to stop :14 he said he uses marijuana to help relieve pain from crohn's disease, and he wants other people to have his same access.
39:32 it took me about twelve years to convince my doctor that it is something that helps me, the recourse of not having it is not very pretty :42 and i'm not the only one that has this disease :46 in november, this issue was on the ballot as advisory referendums in 16 counties, and they all passed.
And evers said it would take another statewide referendum to get recreational marijuana passed.