Milwaukee County committee looking for public feedback on marijuana referendum

Supervisor attempting to approve sale of marijuana
Posted: 3:49 PM, May 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-09 16:52:19-04
Milwaukee County committee looking for public feedback on marijuana referendum

The Committee on Judiciary, Safety and General Services wants your voice to be heard on the issue of legalized marijuana in the state of Wisconsin. 

A proposal to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot to approve the sale, usage and taxation of recreational marijuana will be considered this Thursday, May 10. 

The meeting was rescheduled from this Friday, May 11. It will take place in the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 203-R at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the general public. 

Comments, questions and concerns and welcomed and encouraged. 

The official question being proposed by County Supervisor John F. Weishan is: "Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?"

Weishan has been a strong proponent of the sale and taxation of the plant saying, ""It's time for Wisconsin to join the many states across the country that have legalized marijuana and benefited from the revenue that comes with commercial sale and taxation of one of America's largest cash crops."

If approved, Wisconsin would be the 10th state to allow recreational marijuana usage --joining Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Vermont Massachusetts and Maine.

It would be the first truly Midwestern state to approve marijuana usage.

According to a October 2017 Gallup poll , nearly 64 percent of American's support the legalization of marijuana--up from 50 percent in 2010. 

In a July 2016 poll done by the Marquette University Law School, 59 percent of Wisconsin voters believed marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol. 

In terms of profit, a big focus of the referendum, legalized marijuana is a multi-billion dollar industry and is expected to be as valuable as $24 billion in 2025.