Reading Time: < 1 minute

Wisconsin Watch, a nonprofit newsroom, is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. Sign up for our newsletter for more stories straight to your inbox.


Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers recommended the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana in 2019 and 2021 — the years in which the biennial state budget was passed since he was elected. 

Evers’ 2019 proposal presented a medical marijuana program and the decriminalization of small amounts of the substance, while his 2021 plan proposed legalizing recreational use. Republican lawmakers rejected both, removing them from the budgets. 

In 2022, Republicans filed a limited medical cannabis measure, but the bill did not make it past the hearing stage. 

In fall 2022, Evers said he plans to propose legalization once again for the 2023-25 budget. His office estimated the state would earn about $165 million from legalization in the second year of the budget. The governor said he would use the revenue to fund initiatives related to K-12 education, community development and medical care.


Wisconsin Department of Administration2019–21 Wisconsin executive budget

State of WisconsinPress release: Gov. Evers proposes legalizing marijuana, investing portion of revenue in equity initiatives and rural schools

Wisconsin State Legislature2021 Senate Bill 1034

Marijuana MomentWisconsin governor pledges to put marijuana legalization In upcoming budget after voters approve reform on the ballot

Milwaukee Journal SentinelEvers wants to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin; challenger Michels wants it to stay banned

Claims that are partially true or false cannot be checked. In addition, we are unable to check claims for which there are no credible, available sources to verify or dispute them.
Avatar photo

Jacob Alabab-Moser / Wisconsin WatchFact Checker

Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.