County Board To Consider Officially Backing Marijuana Legalization

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  1. County Board to consider officially backing marijuana legalization
     
    A group of Dane County supervisors wants you to be able to toke up without worrying about the cops.
    \nEarly this month, Kyle Richmond, whose District 4 includes parts of Fitchburg and the city of Madison's south side, introduced a resolution to support a federal proposal to decriminalize marijuana.
    \nThe County Board's Executive Committee will likely take up the measure sometime in early June, staffers say, and a yes vote there would pave the way for consideration by the full board.
    \nNoting that 17 states have legalized marijuana - most of them have OK'd it for medical use, while Colorado and Washington have given the thumbs-up for recreational use - the resolution supports a proposal in the U.S. House to decriminalize marijuana nationwide. Introduced in February by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 would remove pot from the federal government's list of controlled substances. The bill has 15 co-sponsors, including Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a Madison Democrat.
    \nRichmond's resolution (Resolution 25, 13-14; you have to scroll down to find it) has 10 co-sponsors: Heidi Wegleitner, Patrick Miles, Melissa Sargent, Kurt Schlicht, Cynda Solberg, Dianne Hesselbein, Leland Pan, Dorothy Krause, Shelia Stubbs and John Hendrick.
    \nThe resolution makes note of the fact that in a recent Pew Research Center poll, 52 percent of Americans favored legalization.
    \n(Another interesting poll result that highlights the changing views on marijuana: half of young Christians favor legalizing it. However, former President Jimmy Carter, after voicing tepid support, now opposes it.)
    \nIf it passes, the resolution will be sent on to Pocan, and U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, and Ron Johnson, a Republican.
    \nA yes vote would almost certainly be in line with the sentiments of the County Board's constituents - a 2010 advisory referendum found 75 percent support for legalizing medical marijuana.
    \nWhen our local politicos support change it will happen because these are the people politicos talk too. Please get active and remove prohibitionist from your local govts.

     
  2. \tSpringfield Won't Lower Marijuana Penalties 
    \n\nSPRINGFIELD (AP) - Springfield's city council has again rejected a proposal to lower penalties for small amounts of marijuana.
    Supporters gathered enough signatures last summer to limit the penalties for marijuana possession, but council members declined to put the proposal on the November ballot. Instead, the council approved the petition and then repealed it.
    An alternate bill was then drafted and would have gone on the August ballot.
    Both bills would have required the city to charge some first- and second-time offenders who had 35 grams or less of marijuana with municipal infractions, rather than criminal misdemeanors.
    The Springfield News-Leader reports neither alternative received much support from the council Monday night. Most said if marijuana is going to be decriminalized, it should be done at the state level.
    \nThis is where we need to be in the councils face next election,,go loud and go proud,,we are the majority.
     

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