The Milwaukee County Board today passed Resolution 18-333 by a 15-1 vote, placing the non-binding referendum on legalizing cannabis before Milwaukee County voters in this fall’s general election on Nov. 6.
The resolution, sponsored by 16th District Supervisor John Weishan Jr., previously cleared the Board’s Judiciary committee in a unanimous 5-0 vote May 5. Weishan led off the discussion by noting the support from diverse members of the community at the May 5 committee meeting. Several supervisors brought up the opioid crisis the state is experiencing and noted cannabis is a tool for treating opioid addiction and abuse. The racial disparities of cannabis prohibition were also cited.
A number of other board members signed on as sponsors of the resolution.
Milwaukee County voters will find this question on their ballots:
“Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?”
According to the county fiscal note accompanying the resolution, the addition of the question to ballots will cost $15,000, which will come from the Election Commission’s contingency fund. The expenditure is definitely worth it and will bring more voters to the polls for the mid-term elections.
Wisconsin voters will be casting votes for governor, attorney general, all 99 assembly members and half the 33-member state, along with other state offices, a U.S. Senate seat, and the state’s U.S. Congress members. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who recently doubled-down on his anti-pot rhetoric, will be facing a Democrat from a large field of candidates of which the leading contenders have all make supportive statements regarding cannabis legalization.