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Strong majority support for medical cannabis in Wisconsin 8th Congressional district

Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood (Rep. Ribble)
Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood (Rep. Ribble)

The Appleton Post Crescent is reporting that a constituent survey by the office of U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, who represents Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district finds 74% support for legalizing medical cannabis.

41% of those say medical pot should require a prescription, while another 33% say it should be sold over the counter.

The Post Crescent notes the survey only went to residents who receive Ribble’s constituent newsletter and the results are not scientific, but also notes:

But the sample size is significant, and the results provide a revealing glimpse of attitudes toward marijuana in the area at a time when cities across Wisconsin increasingly have loosened their approach to the drug. The Menominee tribe voted in August to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use on its reservation near Shawano.

Respondents were almost nearly split on legalizing and regulating cannabis for adult use, as in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, with 43% in favor and 46% opposed.

A survey of more than 4,600 Northeast Wisconsinites found 3/4 of them, represented by leaves, want medical marijuana legalized. Roughly 20 %, the red dots, are adamantly opposed to legalizing it.(Photo: Source: Rep. Reid Ribble constituent survey data) (From Post Crescent)
A survey of more than 4,600 Northeast Wisconsinites found 3/4 of them, represented by leaves, want medical marijuana legalized. Roughly 20 %, the red dots, are adamantly opposed to legalizing it.(Photo: Source: Rep. Reid Ribble constituent survey data) (From Post Crescent)

A separate article looks at comments from those who responded to the survey.

The Post Crescent also discusses the prospects of passage of the hybrid legalization/medical use bill Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison):

“At this point, it seems there will be little change in marijuana policy, at least on the state level. The bill Sargent introduced in the spring — which would allow Wisconsin residents to possess up to a half ounce of marijuana and visitors to have up to a quarter ounce — has stalled in committee and has only drawn Democratic co-sponsors in the Republican-controlled Assembly.

Sargent said Republicans say it’s “just not a priority” and they have “other things to work on.”

“Well, I don’t know what they’re working on because certainly middle class families are hurting and we’re not moving our state forward in the way that we need to,” she said. “I see this as a path to improving conditions for a lot of people.”

 

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