Policy Recommendations Wisconsin

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Wisconsin

While the rise of safe, legal and functional access to medical cannabis and cannabis products has been slow in America's Dairyland, an appetite for reform is growing in the legislature and the executive branch. In his first state budget proposal after taking office Governor Tony Evers included language to improve the state's medical program, provide for cannabis-related criminal record expungements and expand patient protections. Unfortunately, this proposal, along with other cannabis reform legislation introduced by Badger State lawmakers, failed to secure enough support to pass the legislature in 2019. Before all legislative activity in the state capitol shifted to COVID emergency response, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introduced proposals ranging from expanding the state's existing medical program to authorizing an adult-use program.

As Wisconsin lawmakers look to 2021, ASA encourages collaborating with patients to organize a comprehensive medical cannabis program that extends access to patients and provides legal protections related to employment, housing and parental rights. Until such a model is organized, patients who have no legal alternative treatment option will be left to patronize the illegal market for access, where their safety and health is not protected.