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Rep John Nygren and Sen Alberta Darling gut marijuana reform from budget

In a April 2019 news report entitled Top Republicans planning to scrap Tony Evers’ plan to decriminalize marijuana Assembly Rep. John Nygren and Senator Alberta Darling seem to be taking credit for dismembering everything marijuana reform related from the budget.

Two top Republicans on Thursday said they won’t consider Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and legalize it for medical use.

Nygren, John, Marinette
Representative John Nygren Assembly District 89 (R – Marinette)

“It will not be in the final budget passed,” said Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chairman of the state’s powerful Joint Finance Committee, which is tasked with crafting the state budget that will require Evers’ signature.

The comments from Nygren and JFC co-chairwoman Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, at a WisPolitics.com luncheon eradicate the chances the governor’s sweeping cannabis proposal in the state budget will become law anytime soon.

State Senator Alberta Darling.
State Senator Alberta Darling.

“When you read what he actually has in his budget, it’s really off-the-wall scary,” Darling said.

The article goes on to say

Nygren said Republicans plan to pass their version of the budget by the end of June.

Nygren said neither the medical nor decriminalization aspect of Evers’ proposal will make it into the budget that the Republicans pass. But he left the door open for a plan to legalize medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription after the budget process plays out.

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