Voters endorse medical marijuana

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(WLUK) - Voters in 16 Wisconsin counties and two cities overwhelming endorsed legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medical use in non-binding, advisory referendums.

In ten counties focusing specifically on medical use, the preliminary total vote was 279,480 (79.5%) in favor compared to 72,477 (20.5%) against. Voters in all 10 counties endorsed a change.

Six counties asked voters in a ballot question about ending marijuana prohibition. A majority of voters in those counties approved of the measure.

"I think it puts a lot of pressure onto the state legislature which didn't change majorities and is generally kind of against the idea. It does put a lot of pressure on them as we get closer to 2020," said Wendy Scattergood, assistant professor of political science at Saint Norbert College.

The results do not change the law in any county, but backers hoped to send a message to the legislature to show broad support for changing state law.

Governor-elect Tony Evers has indicated he supports the legalization of medical marijuana. Pro-cannabis groups in Wisconsin hope to meet with Evers and Republican leaders of the legislature to discuss possible marijuana legislation.

Brown

  • Yes: 85,054
  • No: 27,481

Clark

  • Yes: 8,503
  • No: 7,674


Forest

  • Yes: 3,090
  • No: 834


Kenosha

  • Yes: 59,638
  • No: 7,753


Langlade

  • Yes: 7,083
  • No: 2,073


Lincoln

  • Yes: 10,612
  • No: 2,517


Marathon

  • Yes: 49,137
  • No: 11,115

Marquette

  • Yes: 5,550
  • No: 1,602


Portage

  • Yes: 28,129
  • No: 5,575


Sauk

  • Yes: 22,684
  • No: 5,673

There were also other non-binding marijuana-related votes across the state, including some on recreational use, decriminalization and taxation.

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