Will Wisconsin Ever Have a Vote on Legalizing Marijuana?
Two states now permit recreational use, following referendums in Tuesday's election.
Wisconsin voters had little to consider on Tuesday outside of state and national races for office, but in many other states citizens were asked to consider marijuana-related ballot measures.
Colorado and Washington approved recreational marijuana use, becoming the first states to do so. Oregon defeated a similar measure.
Massachusetts, meanwhile, became the 18th state to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Arkansas voters said no thanks, while Montana voters supported a measure placing strong restrictions on an earlier medicinal marijuana law.
The Badger State appears to be a long way from any kind of a vote on either type of use. Two Democratic legislators could not even get a hearing on a medicinal marijuana measure in 2012; in 2009, a hearing did not even yield a committee vote.
Meanwhile, law enforcement in Wisconsin made more than 16,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2010, according to a Marquette University Law School blog. That represented more than twice as many arrests as Minnesota. Just over a year ago, law enforcement uncovered almost one ton of marijuana in a Racine County bust and arrested a man from Raymond.
Is there any kind of scenario that could see voters facing this issue on the ballot anytime soon? Or is the idea of legal pot smoking just too “out there” for us in the hearty Midwest? Vote in our poll and discuss details in the comments.