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Governor Evers Taking 'First Step' to Legalize Medical Marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - Governor Tony Evers says he will likely include a first step towards legalizing medical marijuana in his first state budget proposal.

While speaking to board members of the Wisconsin Technology Council on Tuesday, Evers said he supports the legalization of marijuana, but wants it to be done correctly in Wisconsin. Evers states that his budget proposal will likely start the process of legalizing medical marijuana and other steps for full legalization, including a proposal for a statewide referendum.

Currently, 33 states have legalized medical marijuana while 10 states and Washington D.C. has legalized recreational marijuana. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he opposes marijuana legalization and believes there are not enough votes for it to reach the governor's desk. Meanwhile, Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos claims he is open to it.

Governor Evers is expected to present his budget proposal in February.

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