Assembly Speaker Robin Vos reveals plans for limited medical marijuana law
MADISON, Wis. — In a significant development, Wisconsin Republicans are set to present a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that the proposal, which will be modeled after Minnesota’s medical marijuana law, could be voted on sometime in 2024.
A Limited Approach
The proposed medical marijuana law will not be all-encompassing, according to Vos. Dispelling concerns of rampant dispensaries, he emphasized that the plan will not lead to an abundance of marijuana retail outlets in every city. The objective is to introduce a controlled and regulated system similar to neighboring Minnesota.
While the specifics of the proposal are yet to be revealed, Vos assured that Assembly Republicans are onboard with the concept. However, he noted that wider discussions are necessary before any guarantees can be made. In order for the bill to become law, it must pass both the Senate and Assembly and receive Governor Tony Evers’ signature.
A Longer Process
Despite hopes of having a bill ready by the fall of 2023, Vos acknowledged that more time was needed to reach a consensus. He expressed confidence that the proposal can successfully pass through the Assembly, adding that most people are supportive of some form of medical marijuana program.
The Senate, where Republicans have been less receptive to marijuana legalization, remains a potential hurdle. However, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu stated earlier this year that a medical marijuana program could be approved during this legislative session if regulations ensure its use only for those experiencing serious pain.
With 38 states having already legalized medical marijuana and 24 allowing recreational use, Wisconsin currently stands as an outlier. As neighboring states loosen their marijuana laws, the push for legalization within Wisconsin has gained momentum. Polls conducted by Marquette University Law School consistently show widespread support for marijuana legalization among Wisconsin residents.
In the coming months, the unveiling of the proposed medical marijuana bill will spark further discussions and debates, ultimately determining the future of marijuana legislation in Wisconsin.