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New Push to Fully Legalize Marijuana in Wisconsin

The governor called for legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing up to 25 grams of pot in his state budget.

Norah Lowe, 10, speaks through a computer in favor of legalizing medical marijuana with her mother, Megan, at her side while her dad, Josh, stands at the podium and state Rep. Melissa Sargent watches on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Madison, Wisc. The Lowes and others attended a news conference announcing Sargent's latest attempt in the Wisconsin Legislature to legalize marijuana.
Norah Lowe, 10, speaks through a computer in favor of legalizing medical marijuana with her mother, Megan, at her side while her dad, Josh, stands at the podium and state Rep. Melissa Sargent watches on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Madison, Wisc. The Lowes and others attended a news conference announcing Sargent's latest attempt in the Wisconsin Legislature to legalize marijuana.
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MADISON, WIS. (AP) — Marijuana advocates have high hopes that a proposal to legalize pot in Wisconsin has a better chance of success than ever given growing public support.

Democratic state Rep. Melissa Sargent and other supporters on Thursday unveiled the latest proposal to fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. It comes after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing up to 25 grams of pot in his state budget. 

The biggest hurdle for supporters of any form of legalization is the Republican-controlled Legislature. 

Republican leader Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he would be open to a limited form of medical marijuana, but legalizing recreational pot will never happen. 

But Sargent says she is optimistic because public support for legalization is at "an all-time high."

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