This week’s political potcast goes up in smoke with state Sen.-elect Melissa Agard, the unlikely face of efforts to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin.
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Agard, D-Madison, is the opposite of the “Cheech and Chong” stoner cliche. She’s a single mom of four boys who tells Milfred and Hands she’s never used the drug but is absolutely convinced that legalizing it will make Wisconsin safer.
While only fellow Democrats have sponsored her bill to legalize marijuana in past legislative sessions, Agard says some Republicans have told her they would support her proposal if she can get it to committees next year.
The State Journal editorial board endorsed legalization recently, citing marijuana dispensaries along the state line in South Beloit and, soon, in Upper Michigan near Marinette. Illinois and Michigan allow recreational marijuana, with Minnesota legalizing medical marijuana and committing to full legalization. In the Nov. 3 election, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota voted to let adults smoke pot for enjoyment, bringing to 15 the number of states that have legalized cannabis. Some pro-pot states are Republican strongholds, such as Oklahoma.