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La Crosse city committee votes to raise legal limit for marijuana

Brad Williams

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La Crosse might be ready to go easy on marijuana use. 

A city council committee has approved an amendment to raise the legal limit of marijuana possession to 25 grams, compared to the current 7 grams. 

Council member Roger Christians has personal reasons for wanting to see medicinal marijuana become more available, because his wife and other friends could benefit from pain-killing effects of marijuana.    

Christians argues that other Wisconsin cities, including Eau Claire, have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana, or reduce the chance of being punished for possession.

Matt Boschka runs the Cannabis Depot in La Crosse, and he pointed out that La Crosse voters have already shown their approval for marijuana use by passing a referendum in November of 2018.    

Police Chief Shawn Kudron tells the committee that he would work with the county district attorney on upholding any change in the local marijuana law, but he says certain possession is still a violation of state law.    

The amendment goes to the full city council next week.

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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    Thomas

    July 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Aren’t there enough dopers in town, already? This is REALLY a stupid move.

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