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Medical pot in Wisconsin: Some Republicans moving closer to approving

Pro-legalization advocates are cautiously optimistic.
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Posted at 10:53 AM, Jan 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-06 20:47:58-05

MADISON, Wis. — Republican lawmakers in the State Senate appear to be considering a path to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Wisconsin.

In a statement from his office, Senate GOP Leader Devin LeMahieu said:

“Our caucus has had productive conversations about medical marijuana legalization and we are at a place where, if it’s regulated well, there’s potential we could have more votes for it this session.”

Sen. LeMahieu had previously opposed any kind of legalization. The Senate GOP has been a roadblock to medical marijuana access, while some Republican members of the Assembly have expressed support in recent years, including Speaker Robin Vos.

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Pro-legalization advocates are cautiously optimistic.

"I think it’s a good sign, but nobody’s going to believe it until they see it," said Mike McGee Jr., the owner of 414 Hemp in Wauwatosa.

McGee said Wisconsin could be a leader by not just legalizing medical marijuana, but by simultaneously legalizing recreational marijuana as well.

But he's aware, he said, the votes probably aren't there.

"Recreational, is very lucrative, and it’s also helpful for individuals, because medical does not address fully all the variety of issues people face from some of the pain, to PTSD and fibromyalgia," said McGee.

Last fall, a Marquette Law Poll showed 64 percent of registered voters in the state support legalization. It also showed 84 percent of Democrats back passage, while just 43 percent of Republicans are in favor.

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