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Brown County Voters May Give Opinions on Legalization of Marijuana

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Brown County voters may be weighing in on two questions concerning marijuana come the fall. Local 5's Kris Schuller has more on these questions about recreational and medical use of pot.
Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and medical marijuana in 30. And Brown County Supervisor Erik Hoyer thinks it’s time Wisconsin took action to join the growing list.

“It's something that has come up at the state but very irregularly and they haven't given it its due thought,” said Hoyer.

Monday night the county's Executive Committee recommended that two advisory referendums proposed by Hoyer and Supervisor Alex Tran, one on legalizing recreational use and the other medical use of marijuana, be added to the November ballot.  

“These county resolutions are an attempt to get the attention of our state legislature. To say this is an issue that is facing us that is important to us and we'd like some action on,” said Hoyer.

“I do not support the recreational use,” said Supervisor Bernie Erickson.

But Erickson is open to allowing a referendum on medical use - after speaking with some in the medical community.

“They felt there is a definite place in the medical field for marijuana products,” said Erickson. 

The referendum would be strictly advisory. Its results a measure of public opinion.  And a quick check in downtown Green Bay Tuesday shows support legalization for medical use.

“It should have been approved a long time ago,” said one man.

“It really does help people, it would be a great thing to change in our community,” added another who spoke to Local 5.

“Being that I'm suffering from rheumatoid arthritis it's definitely something that would help the public and others suffering from other ailments,” said another man.

But first the County Board must put the questions on the November ballot with the results sent to the state legislature - who Hoyer admits holds all the power.

“We don’t have any control over whether its legal or not, but we can pass that information on to the state,” Hoyer said.

The proposal goes to the full board for a vote next week.

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