UPDATED: 2018-08-29 2:30:52 PM
BREAKING: Make that 16 counties. Cannabadger has just learned Lincoln County passed a medical cannabis advisory referendum Aug. 21 as well as Racine County passing one Aug. 28. Here are the minutes from the Lincoln County 8/21 board meeting at which it was approved by a voice vote with 22 members present. (Map below updated)
Just hours before the deadline to get on the Nov. 6 ballot, Racine county supervisors passed a cannabis advisory referendum at their meeting in Sturtevant Tuesday night. The vote was 11-10. The vote came after numerous community members and supporters spoke in favor, some giving emotional testimony about medical use. Some supporters held signs up at times, and only a few people spoke against. The resolution was co-authored by Sups. Fabi Maldonado and Nick Demske.
The vote means that on Nov. 6, sixteen Wisconsin counties from the Michigan border to the Illinois border, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, half red and half blue, will have the opportunity to weigh in on Wisconsin’s archaic and punitive cannabis laws when they go to the polls to vote. The 16 counties voting on Nov. 6 comprise nearly half the state’s population. In addition, the cities of Waukesha and Racine will find city cannabis advisory referendums on their ballots.
The 16 counties include 9 counties that voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 general elections and 7 that voted for Hillary Clinton. The election is historic in that Dane County was previously the only county to hold cannabis advisory referendums before, on medical in 2010 and adult use in 2014, with both passing overwhelmingly.
While sixteen counties approved referendums, five others did not. But it is significant that the mere existence these proposals made it okay for people to discuss their feelings on the issues. Likeminded people connected and discovered they were in agreement that the public deserved a voice. Once again, the public was ahead of the people they elect to govern and I’m guessing voters will not forget these votes when the opponents are next up for election.
Election night should be interesting. My guess is they will go 15-0 in favor.
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