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Taylor disputes pot use as ex-aide shares private letters

Taylor disputes pot use as ex-aide shares private letters
Posted at 5:55 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 09:08:26-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Sen. Lena Taylor is disputing that she has used marijuana in recent years after a fired aide released copies of private insurance documents to reporters.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brendan Jackson, who filed an employment complaint against Taylor, provided reporters with copies of insurance company letters he found in Taylor's Milwaukee Senate office. One letter says the company won't provide Taylor with a policy for various reasons, including her use of marijuana.

Taylor says it's been a long time since she used marijuana. She says she's particularly upset the letters had been taken from her Senate files and blasted Jackson as a "disgruntled former employee."

She blames her Democratic primary opponent, Rep. Mandela Barnes, for the release. Barnes says he wasn't involved.

Both support marijuana legalization and regulation.