Pubdate: Wed, 02 Mar 2016
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2016 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Gary Storck


The Monona Public Safety Commission forgot two important things in 
its flawed vote to not reduce pot fines.

In 2010 and 2014, the Dane County Board placed cannabis-related 
advisory referendums on county ballots. In 2010, county voters 
supported legalizing medical cannabis with 76 percent of the vote. 
And in Monona, voters gave it an even larger edge with 78 percent in favor.

In April 2014, Dane County voted in favor of legalizing adult use of 
cannabis with 65 percent support. Monona again exceeded the county 
with 67 percent in favor.

With Monona voters having already overwhelmingly voted in favor, the 
commission should have followed the will of the people and passed the 
proposal instead of letting itself be derailed by hysterical and 
unscientific propaganda.

Opponents of reforming cannabis law like to cry, "What about the 
children?" But what message does it send about democracy to our young 
people when city officials blatantly ignore local election results 
that left no doubt where public sentiment stands on this issue?

- -- Gary Storck, Madison
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