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Assembly Speaker Vos gives Governor Evers' marijuana plan low odds

Gov. Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Posted at 1:31 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 14:31:16-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is giving Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to legalize medical marijuana just a 10 percent chance of winning approval in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Vos said at a luncheon Thursday that Evers' plan goes too far because it would also decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana. Vos says he thought he could get a majority of Assembly Republicans to support a narrow legalization of medical marijuana.

Vos says Evers failed to work with him to reach a middle ground on a marijuana proposal that could win support. But he says the current Evers proposal is a "very difficult sell."

Evers plans to introduce the proposal as part of the state budget next week. Vos says it will be removed from the budget.