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Should marijuana be legalized in Wisconsin? Democratic candidates tell us where they stand

All eight support marijuana for medicinal use

MADISON, Wis. - The days are winding down until the primary election in Wisconsin. News 3 has interviewed all eight Democratic candidates trying to take on Gov. Scott Walker in November.

Walker was asked whether he would consider legalizing medical marijuana in 2017 and said no way. The same year he signed a new measure legalizing possession of cannabidiol, or CBD, oil. He also signed a bill allowing Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp.

All eight Democratic candidates told News 3 they would legalize marijuana for medicinal use, but not all eight would legalize it right away for recreational use.

Question: What is your stance on the legalization of marijuana?

Mike McCabe: "I am supportive of of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, for personal use, for agricultural use and industrial use. I really think it's time to fully legalize marijuana, and I think the public is ready for this. Politicians have been afraid of it."

Matt Flynn: "I would legalize cannabis for all purposes -- recreational, medicinal -- tax it, regulate it for people over 21 because if it's a felony here, but you can do it legally in Colorado. That makes no sense whatsoever."

Josh Pade: "I've come out for full legalization. I think the important thing, once again, is not just that I'm for legalization, but how do we get there? I've actually talked to the governor of Colorado about this and, you know, legalize it, regulate it and tax it. Let's figure out a timeline and the best way forward."

Paul Soglin: "I think every one of the candidates has been supportive of the legalization of marijuana. The only thing I want to say is, to put it in perspective, it is not the most important thing on my agenda."

Kelda Roys: "I think we should legalize cannabis for both medicinal purposes and for recreational purposes for adults over 21. I think it makes sense that, if you look at what other states have done, it's helped alleviate the opioid crisis and overdoses, which is really important. It helps alleviate chronic pain for people."

Tony Evers: "I'm not opposed to it. I'd support it, but I do believe there has to be a more thoughtful, rigorous conversation around it as a state. So I would love to have a statewide referendum on this... medical marijuana -- that can be done without a referendum."

Kathleen Vinehout: "I support the legalization of medical marijuana and, using what we've learned in other states, the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it's very important that our farmers have an opportunity to grow a new crop."

Mahlon Mitchell: "I've come out for legal full legalization -- recreational and medicinal -- but I want to take that tax, and I want to tax it appropriately. And I will take those tax dollars derived from legalization and actually tax the real crisis: the opioid crisis."


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