State Democrat wants to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin

MADISON – A Democratic lawmaker introduced legislation Monday morning that would legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, but the bill will likely go up in smoke.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, held a press conference at the Capitol along with the president of the Wisconsin Cannabis Project. They said the change would reduce crime associated with growing and selling cannabis and create jobs.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison.

Sargent introduced a similar bill last year, but it made no progress through the state Legislature.

The bill will likely stall again, as Republicans have stronger majorities this session in both houses of the Legislature. A spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Vos doesn’t anticipate the bill getting to the Assembly floor.

“The marijuana legalization bill does not have significant legislative support,” said Kit Beyer in an email.

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