As many feared and expected, Republican senators are objecting to Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ proposed budget for Wisconsin, which includes legal cannabis. 

In addition to advocating for federal legalization, the budget talks about some other, progressive concepts, including raising the minimum wage, reforming the juvenile justice system, and expanding medicaid access. 

“I would describe his budget as a liberal’s dream,” said Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green in response to the proposal. Marklein and Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam are standing against the proposed budget. 

This is not the first time Republicans rewrote much of the proposed Wisconsin budget. The same thing happened in 2018. That year, cannabis legalization was also removed. 

With this current budget, Evers is arguing that the $165 million a year brought in could support those in rural areas and those in need of social equity support. 

While many states have now embraced legal cannabis, Wisconsin has remained a hold-out, not following in the footsteps of states like Illinois and Minnesota.

“Legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin—just like we do already with alcohol—ensures a controlled market and safe product are available for both recreational and medicinal users and can open the door for countless opportunities

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