“Marijuana prohibition has not worked for Wisconsin”, Representative Sargent said in a Monday press release. “Ending this prohibition in our state would promote personal freedom and liberty, create financial opportunity, and increase safety and security in our communities”
LRB-0188 would legalize the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis for those living in Wisconsin, and would allow non-residents to possess up to a quarter ounce. The measure would also legalize the personal cultivation of up to 12 cannabis plants.
“Just like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition does not eliminate the use of this product”, says Sargent. “It simply steers the profit into the underground market.”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued a statement today saying he opposes the legalization of cannabis, citing concerns from law enforcement and claiming that cannabis is a gateway drug.