Medical Marijuana in Wisconsin
While Wisconsin’s neighboring states such as Michigan and Illinois have legalized adult-use of recreational cannabis, Wisconsin remains one of the final twelve states in America that has not legalized medical use of cannabis for its resident patients. Further, Wisconsin is one of only nineteen states that still imposes jail time for simple possession of cannabis. The current Wisconsin laws are drastically affecting racial minorities the most as African American residents were reported 4.2 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than Wisconsin’s white residents.
In 2018, Governor Tony Evers proposed his first-ever budget to remove all penalties from cannabis possession and expungement, as well as to establish a complex medical cannabis program. However, every Republican member voted to scrap the cannabis program. Wisconsin Senate representatives put a further hindrance on implementing a medical marijuana program in the “Badger State” as Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu opined that there are not enough votes to legalize cannabis for medicinal or recreational purposes.
With a reported 69% of Wisconsinites supporting the legalization of marijuana, advocates are emphasizing the importance of voting this year as every state lawmaker will be on the ballot this year. Unlike most states, voting is even more important as Wisconsin doesn’t allow statewide citizen-initiated ballot measures.
Upcoming Applications for Medical Marijuana Business License
In the near future, there will be an open application process for Medical Marijuana Business Licenses in Wisconsin. Now is the time to get started with your comprehensive and strategic business plan. Contact one of our consultants to further discuss your options here.