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Democratic lawmakers announce legislation to fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin

Posted: August 10, 2021 10:54 AM

Updated: August 10, 2021 11:05 AM

By Logan Rude 

SOUTH BELOIT, Wis. — State Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday announced a new bill that would fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin.

During a press conference outside of South Beloit's marijuana dispensary, State Sen. Melissa Agard, one of the bill's sponsors and a longtime advocate for legalization, said passing the bill would address racial inequities in the justice system, create a safe market for users, and provide economic opportunity for the state.

"Wisconsin is an island of prohibition. Prohibition has not worked when it comes to alcohol," Agard said. "It did not work with margarine, and it's not working when it comes to cannabis."

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