Dane County Sup. Kyle Richmond has announced he has introduced a resolution to support HR 499, federal legislation which would decriminalize marijuana. Richmond’s resolution, Res. 25, has 10 cosponsors and has been referred to the Executive Committee for consideration in the next week or two..
Besides Richmond, who represents Dist. 4, the resolution’s other sponsors are Supervisors Heidi Wegleitner: Dist. 2, Patrick Miles: Dist. 34, Melissa Agard Sargent: Dist. 18, Kurt Schlicht: Dist. 28, Cynda Solberg: Dist. 36, Dianne Hesselbein: Dist. 9, Leland Pan: Dist. 5, Dorothy Krause: Dist. 27, Shelia Stubbs: Dist. 23, and John Hendrick: Dist.6. .
A complete list of all Dane County Supervisors with contact information can be found here. Supporters are urged to contact their county board member and ask they cosponsor Res. 25 or to thank them if they already have.
Sargent and Hesselbein are also both Democratic Wisconsin State Assembly representatives and Schlicht ran as a pro-medical cannabis Republican for State Senate in 2010. In July 2010, the Board unanimously voted to place the Dane County Medical Marijuana Advisory Referendum before voters in Nov. 2010.
The 2010 advisory referendum, which asked if state lawmakers should pass a medical marijuana bill, passed with more than 75% of the vote, outpolling every other issue and candidate in almost every ward of Dane County.
If Sup. Richmond’s resolution passes, a copy will be sent to U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, and U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. Rep. Pocan is already one of 15 cosponsors of HR 499.
A copy of Res. 25 is below:
URGING SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION DECRIMINALIZ ING MARIJUANA
In recent years, 17 states have enacted laws to decrimina lize the possession of marijuana, or legalize either the use of medical marijuana or recreational u se of marijuana. While a number of states have decriminalized the substance to varying degrees, other sta tes have created exemptions specifically for medical cannabis, and several have both decriminalization and me dical laws. Two states, Colorado, and Washington, have legalized the recreational use of cannabis follow ing the approval of state referenda in the 2012 electi ons.
This puts state laws in conflict with current federal law. The use, sale, and possession of marijuana in the United States is illegal under federal law; it is listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
At the same time, a recent poll by the Pew Research Cen ter shows that public opinion is moving in the direction of legalizing marijuana, and that 52 percent of people asked in the survey support legalization. A bill pending action in Congress, HR 499, officially kn own as the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013”, proposes a range of changes to federal law regar ding marijuana, including directing the federal government to decriminalize marijuana and remove it f rom its list of controlled substances, and instead leav e it to the states to regulate it in a manner similar to t he way it oversees the tobacco and liquor markets.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors urges the Dan e County Congressional delegation to support HR 499, the Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED
that a copy of this resolution be sent to Representative Mark Pocan, and Senator Johnson and Senator Baldwin.
Submitted by Supervisors Richmond, Wegleitner, Miles, Sa rgent, Schlicht, Solberg, Hesselbein, Pan, Krause, Stubbs and Hendrick, May 2, 2013.
Referred to EXECUTIVE