Group ready to 'push back' on legal pot in WI

Monday, January 21, 2019
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medical marijuana dispensary (pot)Wisconsin's governor says he is open to allowing medical marijuana, and perhaps allowing recreational pot, but a conservative group is raising alarms over such allowances.

Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, campaigned on legalizing medical marijuana so it's not much of a surprise to hear him suggest a statewide referendum.

"I believe that marijuana is a gateway drug," responds Julaine Appling of the Wisconsin Family Council. "I don't think we should go down this path, and our organization will aggressively push back against these ideas."

Supporters of marijuana have long argued that legalization would mean the regulation of marijuana, bring in new revenue, and allow law enforcement officers to focus on other situations.


Still, problems have popped up in various states. In some cases, revenue has not been what people thought. In other situations, law enforcement officers are still battling black market marijuana.

"If other states have encountered a continuing black market for marijuana, then I would guess that that would be the same here in our state," says Appling. "I don't think we're anything special, but we're very close to Chicago, and unfortunately a lot that happens in Chicago finds its way into Wisconsin. So I see nothing good coming from this."

A poll last year conducted by Marquette University Law School found 61 percent support full legalization with 36 percent opposed.


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