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Just under two-thirds (64%) of registered voters support legalizing marijuana, according to a Marquette Law School Poll released Nov. 2, 2022.

Democrats and independents were more likely to support legalization, at 82% and 67%, compared to 43% of Republicans. 

An August release of the poll found 69% of Wisconsinites supported marijuana legalization.

Five cities and three counties in Wisconsin — including Kenosha, Stevens Point and Dane County — put non-binding referendums about statewide marijuana legalization on their Nov. 8, 2022 ballots.

In Dane County, about 82% of voters supported legalizing marijuana and expunging convictions for possessing small amounts of marijuana. About 72% of Kenosha voters and 64% of Stevens Point voters also supported legalization statewide.

Gov. Tony Evers said he will include marijuana legalization in his next state budget proposal, although Republicans have blocked such proposals in the past.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu has said there is not enough support among Republicans for recreational or medical legalization.


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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.