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Racine May See Marijuana Referendum on November Ballots


Alderman John Tate II has proposed an advisory referendum to determine public support of marijuana legalization in Wisconsin. The Racine Public Works and Services Committee broke the referendum up into three separate questions. Tate views legalization as an option for reducing high incarceration levels and as an additional option for those taking painkillers and other pharmaceuticals.

The referendum was first proposed to the Financial Services and Personnel Committee, but no action was taken prior to the most recent meeting, according to The Journal Times. Referendums require approval 70-days before an election. The City Council must approve Tate’s referendum by August 28 to be included on the November ballots.

The Public Works Committee broke the referendum’s language up into these sections:

  • Measure of support for medical marijuana legalization
  • Measure of support for regulated and taxed recreational marijuana (similar to alcohol regulation)
  • Support for using marijuana tax revenue for infrastructure, health care and public education funding

The City Council will hear the recommendation at the next meeting and make a determination based upon the discussions at that meeting. The next meeting is August 6 at City Hall at 7 p.m.