Leaders discuss adding legalization of marijuana to upcoming referendum

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire Committee on Administration gathered Tuesday afternoon to discuss adding the legalization of marijuana to the referendum this November.

Leaders say legalizing marijuana is already on the ballots of 20 other counties in Wisconsin.

County Board Supervisor, Jerry Wilkie, says he supports the medical use of marijuana and the adult use.

He says money from the taxation on marijuana could be used toward education, health care and infrastructure.

“It’s always in the best interest to the public to let their wishes and their voices be heard,” said Wilkie.

Some said they worry marijuana may be a gateway to other drugs and that there has not been enough data collected from places where it is already legal to know all of the outcomes of marijuana use.

Tuesday’s meeting was just a discussion. The committee is planning to meet again in August to see if they are ready to take action on the subject.

If agreed upon, this could be on the November ballot.

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