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La Crosse law committee gives green light to marijuana referendum

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One La Crosse County committee approved having a marijuana referendum on the November ballot but the vote isn’t unanimous.

The county’s judiciary and law committee endorsed plans Tuesday to ask voters whether marijuana should be legal in Wisconsin.

Vicki Burke was the one committee member who abstained. Vurke serves on the county heroin task force and said she’s disappointed that county leaders didn’t consult the task force before seeking a referendum.

County Board chair Tara Johnson said the legalization is a policy issue, which would not normally go before a task force.

The county’s executive committee could take a vote Wednesday morning on the referendum plan, and the full county board could vote next week on whether the referendum will move ahead.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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