Eau Claire County Board to take up marijuana advisory referendum

Eau Claire (WQOW) – An Eau Claire County committee agreed to advance a measure meant to spark conversation about legalizing marijuana. 

The Eau Claire County Administration Committee voted unanimously to advance a referendum about legalizing marijuana to the full county board. 

The referendum poses three questions: should pot only be legal for medical purposes, both medical and recreational use, or should it remain illegal?

The administration wants public input on the subject so they can take the results to state legislation in Madison. Eau Claire County Board Member Gerald Wilkie said the legislature will eventually take up marijuana legalization, and the public’s opinion needs to be heard. 

"You can never go wrong asking for public input and public discussion about the issue. And you can bet if it’s on the referendum it will be discussed," Wilkie told News 18.

If the Eau Claire County Board approves the referendum at its meeting  August 21, it will be on appear on the ballot November 6.  

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