Wisconsin Republicans may soon take steps to legalize medical marijuana

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Republican lawmakers who control the Wisconsin Legislature are moving closer to supporting the legalization of medical marijuana, after years of fighting efforts to loosen the state’s laws, the head of the state Senate GOP said Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he believes a bill to create a medical marijuana program in the state could pass this legislative session as long as regulations are in place. forward to make sure it’s for those in real pain.

“Our caucus is becoming very close to medical marijuana,” LeMahieu told the newspaper.

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LeMahieu’s comments mark the first time the Republican leader of the Senate has expressed support for the idea. Opposition within the caucus has been a major obstacle to past proposals.

Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature may soon make concessions on the legalization of medical marijuana.

Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature may soon make concessions on the legalization of medical marijuana.

Senate Speaker Robin Vos has expressed support for legalizing medical marijuana. A spokesman for Vos did not immediately say whether Senate Republicans are on board.

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The Democrats, Gov. Tony Evers, among them, has long called for the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin for medical and recreational use.

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Sixty-four percent of Wisconsinites support legalizing marijuana for any use, according to an October poll by Marquette University Law School. More than 80% of Wisconsinites supported the idea of ​​a medical marijuana program, according to a 2019 poll.

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