Cannibas Advisory Referendum

Given the recent favorable trend in public opinion on cannabis, Eau Claire County is working with the Wisconsin Justice Initiative and others to place a referendum on the ballots of Wisconsin counties to determine where Wisconsin citizens stand on the cannabis debate.

Fact Sheet #18-19/050
Resolution #18-19/050   -  DIRECTING THE COUNTY CLERK TO PLACE THE REFERENDUM QUESTION IN THIS RESOLUTION REGARDING LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS ON THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BALLOT



Sample Ballot Language - Option #1  Sample Ballot Language Option #2
 

Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare, and infrastructure in Wisconsin?

              Yes_______             No________

 

Should cannabis:
(Please select only one of the alternatives below or your vote will be invalid)

_______(a) Be legal for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare, and infrastructure in Wisconsin?

_______(b) Be legal for medical purposes only and available only by prescription through a medical dispensary?

_______(c) Remain a criminally illegal drug as provided under current law?



Resources:

Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations –  WI State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, June 2016

FAQs about Medical Marijuana Ballot Question - Marathon County, WI , March 2018

2017 Study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

FAQ-style research page;  National Institute on Drug Abuse

Impacts on driving -  Cannabis vs Alcohol;  Published in the American Journal of Addictions

Chronic cannabis smoking causing dependence; Published in the Molecular Psychiatry Journal

Comprehensive list of Marijuana use trends and health effects; maintained by the Colorado government

Respiratory health effects of marijuana; Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington

 Non-biased 2017 NPR article that details pros and cons

Study on second-hand marijuana smoke; University of California, San Francisco

Economic benefits with excerpts from studies; Forbes Magazine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health FAQ-style page


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