Wisconsin Policy Forum | Forum Friday: Shifting marijuana policies in neighbor states and what’s next in Wisconsin


Virtual event | March 31, 2023

As surrounding states have moved to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, Wisconsin thus far has maintained the status quo. Yet what has happened in neighboring states extends beyond their borders, as half of all Wisconsinites of legal age now can drive 75 minutes or less to buy legal recreational marijuana.

Gov. Tony Evers is once again proposing marijuana legalization in his plan for the next state budget. While Republican lawmakers won’t embrace such a plan, some have indicated a medical marijuana bill might be acceptable.

Our Forum Friday guests included two of the Wisconsin Legislature’s leading voices on marijuana policy, Senator Mary Felzkowski and Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard, and they discussed what may be in store during the 2023-24 legislative session. Dr. David Galbis-Reig spoke as a physician and addiction specialist and on behalf of the Wisconsin Medical Society.

During Forum Fridays, we discuss a timely research topic and invite notable guests and Forum members to join the conversation. We hope this can be another way to keep you informed and connected on our state’s most pressing public policy issues. Stay tuned for more Forum Friday events in the near future!

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