By Moira Danielson
The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to put the question of legalizing marijuana, for either recreational or medicinal purposes, before voters.
The effort failed the first time through because the original language referred to legalization for both recreational and medicinal use.
According to Aaron Wojciechowski, supervisor for District 16, this resolution is part of a new movement to help citizens get their voices heard on the issue of cannabis legalization.
“The governor and leadership in the state legislature have been complacent on the issue,” Wojciechowski said.
“We are doing this to give people the change to express their opinion on the matter and show those in Madison that this is an important issue to voters. By doing so, we hope that the results from across Wisconsin will cause some action to be taken at the state level.”
Wojciechowski is the supervisor who originally introduced the resolution and has worked to make the changes that caused it to fail the first time through.
“The main change I made was changing the proposed referendum question from a single question to a multiple choice question,” Wojciechowski said.
Wojciechowski said the difference in personal opinion on usage of marijuana is what caused the resolution not to pass when first introduced.
“Lawrence W. Smith, Maribeth Gabert, Vicki S. Schorse, and Paul Eisen were among some of the opposition,” Wojciechowski said. “However, I don't believe it was for personal reasons. I think many of them wanted it to go back through the committee level first and/or just have the language cleaned up.”
According to a survey done in 2016, 59 percent of Wisconsinites said marijuana should be fully legalized and regulated just like alcohol, supporters of the referendum question said.