The new Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, has announced that he intends to take the first step towards legalizing marijuana in the state during the first two years of his term of office. Evers revealed that he will include medical marijuana legalization during his budget proposals for this year.
The Governor made those statements during his address to the board members of the Wisconsin Technological Council last week. The Democratic Governor also revealed that he doesn’t want to rush anything, so he will start by pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana before taking the next step to legalizing recreational cannabis in the state.
Gov. Evers also stated that while he could push for legislation to make medical cannabis legal, he prefers that a referendum is used to decide whether recreational cannabis should be legalized or not.
However, the Governor also added that he wants the process to be handled “correctly.” When questioned about what he meant by that, Gov. Evers made some revealing remarks regarding his views on cannabis legalization.
First, he stated that he would like to see a cannabis industry that is favorable to small businesses. He revealed that he didn’t want to see the corporate takeover of the industry in Wisconsin just as what is happening elsewhere, such as Washington State.
He also added that he would like to see a tax structure that doesn’t make businesses to struggle to stay afloat, as is the case in Colorado. He wants residents to get involved in the industry profitably, rather than going broke in the process of working in an industry for which one is passionate.
The Governor’s views notwithstanding, it may be tough to legalize medical cannabis in the state using legislative means. This is because the Governor’s plans may be blocked by the legislators who aren’t so warm towards his ideas. For example, Scott Fitzgerald (Republican), the Senate Majority Leader, is a known opponent of medical marijuana legalization.
Be that as it may, the goodwill of the Governor towards cannabis legalization is invaluable to those who would like to see the marijuana laws in the state reformed. Those voices are gathering momentum and it may not be long before the elected representatives of the people start feeling that they risk losing their positions if they go against what the majority want on issues of marijuana legalization.
The entire cannabis industry, including Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) welcomes Gov. Evers’ plan to develop a homegrown approach to cannabis legalization.
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