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Will Wisconsin be the last state to legalize pot?

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Wisconsin has become an island when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. Our state representatives have shown little interest in legalizing the drug, even for medicinal purposes. Wisconsin’s neighbors, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, have all legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Michigan just became the leading seller of cannabis products, overtaking California for the first time. Michigan dispensaries sold more than $3 billion worth of product last year. Wouldn’t that type of revenue look good in the state of Wisconsin’s coffers? We can’t ignore reality. Marijuana is an increasingly popular drug, and a good chunk of the sales in Michigan and Illinois and other states come from customers who make the trek from Wisconsin. 24 states allow the legal recreational use of marijuana. 14 others allow for sales of its medicinal use.  The latest Marquette University Law School poll finds 83% of state residents favor legalizing medicinal marijuana, while 64% favor legalizing its recreational use. The writing is on the wall, but our state representatives continue to ignore it.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Ann

    June 10, 2024 at 7:35 am

    And that’s were our president came from imagine that hum

    • Joe Dirt

      June 11, 2024 at 9:52 am

      WTF?

  2. Roy Kosobucki

    June 10, 2024 at 8:14 am

    Vote them out, need educated representation in our state . Need revenue for our great wisconsin state. Needs fixings..
    Missing alot revenue. There not representing the best interests of our state. Or the people in wisconsin. My opinion..

    • Joe Dirt

      June 11, 2024 at 9:53 am

      Tavern league controls this

  3. Ms whitmore Whitmore

    June 10, 2024 at 8:16 am

    It’s the democrats ???? that’s holding back to make weed legalized I’m not understanding ???? people still go smoke weed in different states cause the states are surrounded around Wisconsin I’m smh on this…I pray it be legal soon cause it seems like Wisconsin it’s all bout it self with people in the building I feel like it’s hpycricits in the building that’s stopping it to be legalized

  4. Brian Kelly

    June 10, 2024 at 8:28 am

    Legalize federally now. What’s legal to possess and consume in over half of the populated areas of The United States should not make you a criminal in states still being governed by woefully ignorant prohibitionist politicians.

    Cannabis consumers in all states deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide Federally Now!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national cannabis policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-cannabis, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Cannabis, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Cannabis possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through cannabis home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose cannabis, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Cannabis Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

    • Mike

      June 10, 2024 at 5:44 pm

      All you people against cannabis have never even tried it and it shows. Its the same as alchohal. So i dont wanna hear you tried it once and had a bad time. If people drank based on thier first experiences they wouldnt drink again either.

  5. Bob N.

    June 10, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Right, Scott. Wisconsin needs to follow the example of Minnesota and Illinois. Innovative leadership is many things, one of them not being following liberal urges. The adolescent whine of “Everyone else is doing it” indicates a void of thought. Unless you think your 13 year olds should dictate household policy.

    • Joe Dirt

      June 11, 2024 at 9:55 am

      This is not a liberal urge. This is bipartisan as shown by the majority in polls

  6. nick

    June 10, 2024 at 9:17 am

    We cannot ignore the psychotic episodes teens and young adults experience smoking pot. We cannot ignore the fact the modern day pot is far different than what used to be smoked; far more potent.
    We cannot ignore the fact that besides mental health there will be an increase in heart disease, an increase in lung cancer and and in increase in other respitary illnesses.
    The extremely dangerous situation is that we are.
    Why are many Americans willing and wanting to do drugs.
    Society is being harmed and billions wasted in treatment.

    • Harry

      June 10, 2024 at 9:57 pm

      Do you have similar sentiments towards the use of alcohol? One could argue the personal and societal harm of alcohol is far worse than marijuana.

  7. walden

    June 10, 2024 at 11:01 am

    Started to respond, but this episode of WIZM drivel is simply too stupid to merit a response.

  8. Dabby

    June 10, 2024 at 11:20 pm

    Ignorance is bliss for the privledged politicians…
    While the masses struggle.

  9. Joe Dirt

    June 11, 2024 at 9:58 am

    Wisconsin is controlled by the Tavern League. Alcohol is much more dangerous and yet we in Wisconsin are proud to lead the nation in alcohol consumption and binge drinking.

    Yet somehow weed is considered so much worse

  10. Duh

    June 12, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    “We cannot ignore the psychotic episodes teens and young adults experience smoking pot. We cannot ignore the fact the modern day pot is far different than what used to be smoked; far more potent.
    We cannot ignore the fact that besides mental health there will be an increase in heart disease, an increase in lung cancer and and in increase in other respitary illnesses.
    The extremely dangerous situation is that we are.
    Why are many Americans willing and wanting to do drugs.
    Society is being harmed and billions wasted in treatment.”

    Would you like to compare statistics of harm for alcohol? Tobacco? Hell, aspirin?

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