On Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers launched a plan to decriminalize cannabis as a provision in his upcoming budget proposal. He said the reform reflects the voters’ will and would accrue a fortune, tax proceeds that would be apportioned for financing equity initiatives and schools.
Evers asserted in a statement that taxing and authorizing cannabis within the state ‘like alcohol, created a regulated market and safe commodities are available for both medicinal and adult-use purposes. He added that it can unlock multiple opportunities that allow the state to reinvest in its communities and be more impartial.
In December, the governor suggested that he was planning on featuring authorization to his 2021-2023 budget reform amid the Republican legislators’ strong opposition.
A year ago, Evers tried authorizing medical cannabis and small-amount marijuana possession during his first budget reform as the state’s governor. However, the legislature’s Republicans removed those policies from the proposal.
The most recent proposal is a recipe for another partisan battle.
Ever’s plan would authorize cannabis for 21 and older adults, legalizing possession of not more than two cannabis ounces for the state’s residents or not more than a quarter-ounce for non-residents. The proposal would also legalize medical marijuana and home cultivation of not more than six plants for private use.
Evers further said that the measure could accumulate over $165M yearly starting from 2023. Half of that figure would be allocated for a new CRF Community Reinvestment Fund, which would offer equity awards to state departments to finance underserved territories. Another $34M would sponsor sparsity aid- small, remote school districts.
During a press release, the governor said that the program will boost revenue, create employment opportunities and minimize justice system expenses while offering a way out for folks suffering from debilitating or chronic pain and illness.