Brown County’s advisory referendum on medical marijuana passed with a 76% to 24% margin during Tuesday’s midterm election.
Erik Hoyer, Brown County Supervisor for District Four, was one of two supervisors who introduced the proposal earlier this year.
Hoyer says that although the referendum is advisory, the idea behind its introduction was to take pressure off of state lawmakers who may not want to breech the topic.
“Politicians are concerned about how it will look if they go ahead and introduce or talk about it,” he said. “Those of us on the ground level who introduced these resolutions for referendum, we’re the ones that took the hit here. And we said, you know what, this is important enough, we’re listening to our constituents, this is important enough to have this conversation and move it on up.”
Statewide, 10 counties approved referendums for medical marijuana, four counties approved referendums for recreational marijuana, and two approved referendums for both medicinal and recreational.