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Wisconsin Republican Senate leader opposes legalizing medical marijuana

Posted at 3:10 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 16:10:09-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican legislative leaders disagree on whether medical marijuana should be legalized in the state.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Wednesday said he doesn't support it and he doesn't think there's enough backing from Republicans who control the Senate to approve it.

That's in contrast with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos who last week said he wants to work this fall on legalizing medical marijuana.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had proposed legalizing medical marijuana in the state budget, but Republicans removed it. Evers said Wednesday that it remains a priority of his and he hopes to work with Republicans to get it done this fall.

Vos has been open to the idea for years, but Fitzgerald has been consistently against it.