By Anthony Martinelli

A committee of the Milwaukee County Board has voted to place a marijuana legalization referendum on this November’s general election ballot.

The Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee gave unanimous approval yesterday to the motion to place the referendum to a vote of the people later this year. The referendum calls on the State of Wisconsin to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for those 21 and older.

“It’s time for Wisconsin to join the many states across the country that have legalized marijuana and benefited from the revenue that comes with commercial sale and taxation of one of America’s largest cash crops,” says County Supervisor John Weishan Jr., who believes that voters should have the final say on whether or not the state legalizes marijuana.

The referendum now moves to a vote by the full Milwaukee County Board, which is expected to occur on May 24. If the county approves it, voters will be asked the following this November:

“Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?”

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