Wisconsin: Governor Calls For Overhaul Of State’s Marijuana Policies

Wisconsin: Marijuana

Madison, WI: Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has publicly announced his support for amending the state’s marijuana laws in a manner that would permit its medical access and decriminalize its recreational use.

Speaking Monday at a press conference outlining the state’s budget, the Governor said that Wisconsin should join the other 33 states that regulate medical cannabis access. He also called for decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses (involving up to 25 grams) and expunging past marijuana-related convictions. The Governor opined that police often make marijuana arrests in a racially disproportionate manner. Historically, African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession crimes in Wisconsin at approximately six-times the rates of whites.

Under existing state law, the possession of marijuana is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to six-months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a criminal record.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500, or visit: Northern Wisconsin NORML.