Madison Rep. Sargent to reintroduce marijuana legislation

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MADISON (WKOW) — Results from the midterm election show more than half of Wisconsin’s population wants marijuana legalized.

Returns from Milwaukee County show 70 percent of voters say the state’s prohibition on marijuana should end and that its sales should be taxed. In Dane County, the margin was even wider, with 76 percent in favor. In Rock County, 69 percent of voters approved of the legalization of marijuana.

Advisory referendums on marijuana were on the ballots in 16 counties and two cities. The votes are non-binding until there’s a change in law.

Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) has tried before to get marijuana legislation to a vote. She told 27 News on Tuesday she would try again next year.

“The most dangerous thing about marijuana in our state is that it’s illegal and it’s time for us to take a pragmatic common sense approach – a Wisconsin approach to addressing those concerns,” Sargent said.

Sargent said she plans to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana in January, after the Legislature is sworn in.

Emily Friese

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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