If Wisconsin were to legalize cannabis, teenagers, pregnant women and people with a family history of serious mental illness should avoid it, doctors warn.
The hundreds of collateral consequences of low-level marijuana convictions include barriers to jobs, housing and financial aid.
Proposals could help those with past arrests or convictions seek jobs and other opportunities; experts say the existing expungement law is hard to navigate.
If Wisconsin legalizes medical or recreational marijuana, state regulations would drive whether small and minority-owned businesses thrive — or even survive.
Entrepreneur Seke Ballard sees legalization as a way for people of color to get ahead after years of being harmed by marijuana laws.
Immigrants face a danger of deportation if they possess or invest in marijuana, even in states where it is legal.
Gov. Tony Evers’ decriminalization proposal focuses on decreasing racial disparities in arrests; experts point to policing practices as the main issue.
Users of marijuana and its derivatives are everywhere — from children with serious illness to dogs, and in cities and a small town hair salon.
Writing rules has proven to be challenging; many communities that voted ‘yes’ to legalizing recreational marijuana now say ‘no’ to retail sales.
Even in states such as Colorado where cannabis has been legal for many years, not everyone is on board; New Jersey, New York fail to reach consensus on legalization.
Polls and referenda show Wisconsinites are warming to the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use. But not everyone is on board.
Some growers, boosted by the recent legalization of hemp, say the rapidly expanding industry could pave the way for medical or recreational marijuana.