Wisconsin Republicans grapple with medical marijuana legalization planPosted by On


  • Wisconsin Republicans are facing difficulties in reaching an agreement on a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.
  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said that he would not compromise with state Senate Republicans regarding their concerns about his detailed bill.
  • Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu deemed the bill’s creation of state-run dispensaries as a “nonstarter.”

Wisconsin Republicans appear to be at an impasse over a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday that he would not compromise with state Senate Republicans to address their concerns with his proposal. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu last week said the bill’s proposed creation of state-run dispensaries was a “nonstarter.”

Vos said at a news conference that “months and months of negotiations” resulted in a “very detailed bill” he proposed that has the minimum 50 votes needed to pass among Republicans.

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“Taking and renegotiating the bill means we probably lose votes in our caucus,” Vos said. “So I’d rather get us through to keep the promise we made, which is to have a comprehensive bill that can actually become law as opposed to an ethereal idea that maybe somebody could support someday but it never actually makes it anywhere.”

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Republican Rep. Jon Plumer unveils a GOP proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin at a Capitol news conference on Jan. 8, 2024, in Madison, Wis. The lawmakers…

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