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Over 37 US states and territories, not including Wisconsin, are regulating cannabis for medical and/or adult use, despite cannabis’ federal illegality. Ending federal prohibition would help alleviate this tension between these states and the US government and allow states to set their own policies better suited for them and free from federal interference.
Legalizing responsible adult use of cannabis provides states the opportunity to take cannabis off the streets and place it behind age-verified counters to better provide for consumer and public safety and prevent youth access. Taxing and regulating adult use of cannabis also provides economic stimulus through job creation and tax revenue.
Cannabis has countless potential therapeutic and medicinal benefits related to multiple compounds and has helped with numerous diseases and 83 percent of Wisconsin Voters believe medical use of cannabis should be legal after completing a 2019 Marquette Law School Poll. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, Schedule 1 drugs are those that have a high potential for abuse and have no currently accepted medical use. Some examples of other Schedule 1 drugs are heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methaqualone and more.
Prohibition of cannabis allows for disproportionate criminalization of black and brown Wisconsinites, despite similar rates of consumption across all races and ethnicities. The impacts of cannabis criminalization are far reaching and include long-lasting collateral consequences well beyond the criminal charge.
In 2017 Republicans became lead authors of the legislation to decriminalize simple marijuana possession of small amounts to a fine, not a crime. Since then, Republican authors have continued to circulate legislation on the issue of decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession. The current legislation for 2021-22 has already been submitted and is Assembly Bill 130. This bill (AB 130) reduces the state penalty to a $100 forfeiture, uniformly and preemptively across the state, for possessing or attempting to possess not more than 10 grams of marijuana and eliminates the increase in penalty if second or subsequent violations involve not more than 10 grams of marijuana. While this would increase the penalty in certain municipalities with ordinances that have penalties lower than $100, the ultimate goal is to create certainty and uniformity across the state.