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Wisconsin Gov. Wants to Decriminalize Cannabis, Legalize Medical Use

Wisconsin’s governor has released details about his plan to decriminalize cannabis possession under 25 grams and create a medical cannabis program in the state.

Full story after the jump.

Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin will propose decriminalizing cannabis to the state legislature, alongside a plan to create a medical cannabis program for qualifying conditions, when he issues his next state budget, The Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The proposal would remove all state-level criminal penalties for possessing, manufacturing or distributing cannabis in amounts less than 25 grams. It would further create a medical cannabis program with salaries for six regulators that would enable access to medical cannabis for a list of approved conditions. It would also remove the requirement of a doctor’s prescription for very low THC/CBD oil, allowing access by anyone.

The list of approved conditions would include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • ALS
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures

The state Department of Health Services would be allowed to add additional conditions going forward. The organization would also issue medical cannabis cards and process applications. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection would regulate growers, retailers, and laboratories.

The proposal will also contain a structure for expungement of previous cannabis convictions for possessing less than 25 grams.

The full proposal is expected to be released to the public on February 28 alongside a state budget that will include funding for creating the regulated system.

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