Gov. Tony Evers proposes legalizing, taxing marijuana in Wisconsin – WISN Milwaukee

In a rare early Sunday morning announcement, Gov. Tony Evers said he wants to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin.He revealed his 2021-23 biennial budget that proposed regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol.Under the proposal, Wisconsin would join 15 other states, including Michigan and Illinois, in legalizing recreational marijuana. “People are accepting of cannabis, they want access to it,” says Jason Erkes, spokesperson for Cresco Labs, a recreational and medical marijuana company in Illinois, told 12 News. “The first year of cannabis in Illinois has been a huge success, nearly $1 billion in sales and $100 million in tax revenue was generated for the state of Illinois,” Erkes explained. ” in addition to tax generated for all of the municipalities and counties that dispensaries are located in.”In January, Erkes said Illinois brought in $88 million in marijuana sales. However, $25 million of that was from out of state customers.”It definitely shows there is a demand from the surrounding states in Illinois,” said Erkes.Evers said his budget proposal will increase revenue, create jobs and reduce criminal justice system costs, while providing a path for those suffering from chronic or debilitating pain and illness to utilize the medicine they require.”Legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin — just like we do already with alcohol — ensures a controlled market and safe product are available for both recreational and medicinal users and can open the door for countless opportunities for us to reinvest in our communities and create a more equitable state,” Evers said.
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