Legislature unlikely to pass any marijuana reform legislation this session
Last update: May 24, 2016
Several marijuana reform laws were introduced in the 2015-2016 legislative session, but it is unlikely any will pass this year. This includes efforts to expand Wisconsin’s limited CBD law into an effective medical marijuana program.
State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) once again introduced legislation that would have regulated the production and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older and created a medical marijuana program for seriously ill residents of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, this legislation failed to pass through the committee process.
In addition to Rep. Sargent’s legalization bill, a proposal to replace the criminal penalty for possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana with a less severe civil fine was jointly introduced by Rep. Mandela Barnes in the Assembly and Sen. Chris Larson in the Senate. This bill also failed to pass through the committee process.
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The legal status of marijuana in Wisconsin
An individual in Wisconsin convicted of mere possession of less than an ounce of marijuana faces a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000! Ask your legislators to support legislation that replaces the threat of jail time and the disastrous criminal record that accompanies a criminal conviction for marijuana possession with a simple civil fine. This simple policy change would allow law enforcement to focus on violent crimes. It would also help reduce the consequences of alarming racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. According to the ACLU, African Americans in Wisconsin are almost six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as their white neighbors are.
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