Wisconsin take legalizing marijuana to another level.
Madison in Wisconsin plan to be the first state to legalize weed, but not in the conventional way.
Marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in around half of all states, but the way that the states went about legalizing it have been by passing new by-laws, giving the authorities extra powers to deal with the marijuana goings on in their state.
But Wisconsin have gone one step further – they have planned to make marijuana legal by nullifying the federal prohibition in their state.
This means that it would be a lot harder in the future to ever get the law reversed if people called for it. It is a real step towards giving people the freedom they need to explore the avenues that marijuana has to offer, both medical and recreational.
The 10th Amendment Center said:
“Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and 17 co-sponsors introduced Assembly Bill 482 (AB482)on Aug. 24. The legislation would legalize marijuana under a tax-and-regulate system enforced at the state level similar to alcohol.
Under the proposed law, a Wisconsin resident who is at least 21 could legally possess no more than two ounces of marijuana and a nonresident of Wisconsin who is at least 21 could possess no more than one-quarter ounce of marijuana.
The legislation would also create a licensing structure for the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana. Additionally, the bill would create a process for medical marijuana use.”
Since the legalization of marijuana there has still been some confusion over the laws. Someone carrying medicinal marijuana for chronic pain can turn instantly into a felon the second they step over the wrong border line. This move hopes to really revolutionize cannabis possession so that it is not stigmatized at all any more.
Rep. Sargent said:
“This bill is so much more than legalizing marijuana—it’s about legalizing opportunity and prosperity,”
“The state budget was due two weeks ago, and Wisconsin simply can’t afford to wait any longer. We deserve a real plan to create new jobs and stimulate our lagging economy, and that’s what this bill is.”
It is reported that around 99 out of every 100 marijuana arrests in the state are currently under state law, instead of the federal law. The move will change the way people are arrested for possession, and effectively get rid of 99% of all marijuana arrests in the state.