Local state rep. renews call for legalizing marijuana
Published on Apr 11, 2015
Wisconsin legislators will release information for their bill on monday regarding legalizaing and decriminalizing marijuana in the state. The bill would allow for residents over the age of 21 to purchase no more than 14 grams of pot, and state visitors to no more than 7 grams. Republican support seems unlikely upon the announcing of this bill, but state support promising.
Sargent said legalizing marijuana would also combat racial disparities evident in the current, criminal justice system by cutting back on the incarceration of non-violent, drug offenders.
“A young, black man walking down the street is 10 times more likely to be arrested for simple, marijuana possession than a white man,” Sargent said. “This isn't someone dealing. This is a non-violent offense.”
Sargent also said legalized marijuana bill would lead to new revenues for the state through taxes and permit fees.
“The most dangerous thing about marijuana in Wisconsin is that it's illegal. I want to change that,” Sargent said.