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Six north central Wisconsin counties to vote on medical marijuana referendum

WAUSAU, Wis (WAOW) — Six counties in north central Wisconsin will see a medical marijuana referendum on their ballot this November. Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Portage, Clark and Forest counties will all vote on the non-binding referendum.

Across the state, 16 counties are voting on the referendum. There are 30 states across the nation that have already legalized medical marijuana.

In Marathon County, the Board of Supervisors were encouraged to add it to the ballot by a local resident.

“He came to our health and human services committee and he made his argument,” said District 1 supervisor Katie Rosenberg. “They made a compelling argument that they deserve a voice. And so we decided yeah, you do deserve a voice.”

In Clark County, one activist said there are too many medical benefits to list. But the biggest benefit to him is what the drug can replace.

“It’s a healthier alternative to the addictive pharmaceutical medicines,” Cannabis Cultivator Jamie Eegenhardt said.

On the other side, Wisconsin Attorney General Brand Schimel isn’t convinced that there is scientific support for medical marijuana.

“We should leave this for science to decide,” the attorney general said. “We shouldn’t do it based on what feels good or a couple of anecdotes that are untested. We should let science decide it.”

If voters are in favor of medical marijuana, the state legislature will decide how to move forward.

To see what the referendum will look like on your ballot, click here.

Sarah McGrew

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