The vote is closing in, and the November date for polls to open will bring with it an opportunity for many Wisconsin voters to weigh in on the legalization of marijuana.
One Milwaukee County Supervisor, John Wishan, Jr., is hopeful to see the widespread support of marijuana legalization come through in the vote tally. Wishan, Jr., says that the issue has an impact on a wide variety of people. With this impact, the November vote is an ideal time for people to show their support and see change come to pass in Wisconsin.
A total of 16 counties and two cities have plans to include marijuana legalization in some form on their voting ballots.
For medical use, 10 counties will see their residents weigh in on the issue. Meanwhile, three counties are voting on recreational use for adults age 21 and older, two have included questions regarding legalization of both medical and recreational use. The city of Racine is debating the issue of decriminalizing marijuana use. The city of Waukesha will be voting on medical marijuana use only.
In August, polls of potential voters found two-thirds were interested in the legalization of marijuana use. That shows a strong indication of how voting will go in November. Prior to the visit to the polls, Wisconsin residents are going to see more campaigns for acceptance of a wider use of marijuana.
Currently, the state of Wisconsin views driving with marijuana in the system as an impairment, subject to zero tolerance. There’s no required proof of impairment at the time the individual is driving, which increases the risk of being charged if you’re a marijuana user.
A handheld analyzer is currently under testing by the Wisconsin State Police, but the device is not as yet available to the general law enforcement community. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials have taken and passed specific training to determine if someone is under the influence of something other than alcohol. Additional training has been made available to identify drugs, which has been completed by various officers from rural and urban police departments across the state.
The laws may be changing, but so are the ways law enforcement deals with the drug and suspected use that lends itself to crashes or other resulting criminal activity.