Madison Common Council votes to legalize marijuana

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Madison Common Council voted to legalize marijuana, up to 1 ounce, allowing it to be smoked in private homes, as well as public places such as sidewalks.

When it comes to marijuana, people who are arrested and sent to jail are disproportionately people of color. The ordinance does not allow marijuana on state property.

Madison Alder Samba Baldeh says pot shouldn’t be treated any differently than alcohol.

Baldeh said, “It shouldn’t be the option to go to jail for simple consumption sitting on my patio having a good time, or at my apartment having a good time shouldn’t be a problem, and if I believe this is something that helps me health wise, I shouldn’t go to jail for that.”

Milwaukee State Senator Chris Larson says he’ll help sponsor another marijuana legalization bill in the next session. But any bills will have to gain traction among Republican lawmakers who control the legislature and incoming senate president Chris Kapenga says that’s unlikely.

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