On Aug. 28 at 6:30pm, the Racine county board will convene to vote on an advisory referendum authored by Supervisors Fabi Maldonado and Nick Demske. The board meets at 14200 Washington Ave., Sturtevant.
Asked for his thoughts on the pending vote by the board, Sup. Maldonado told Cannabadger, “Racine County residents deserve to have their voices heard. At the end of the day, we are not asking for the Racine County Board’s opinion on cannabis reform, but instead, we are asking the residents of Racine County what they think on the issue.”
Aug. 28 is also the state deadline for placing referendums on the Nov. 6 general election ballot and Racine is the last county to vote on whether to approve a referendum. A total of 20 Wisconsin counties have looked at cannabis advisory referendums with 14 approving referendums and 5 rejecting them.
The combined estimated 2016 population of the 14 counties that have approved referendums so far is 2,410,747, while the total estimated 2016 Wisconsin population was 5.75 million. Racine is the state’s fifth most populous county with a 2016 estimated population of 196,071. If the Racine county board votes to approve, it will bump up the combined population total of counties that will vote on cannabis advisory referendums Nov. 6 to include nearly half the state population.
On August 6, the Racine city council passed a citywide cannabis advisory referendum sponsored by District 3 Alder John Tate II for the Nov. 6 ballot on a 10-3 vote.
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