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Referendum to ask voters if pot should be legal


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County voters may be asked their opinion on marijuana legalization next spring.

A county board committee will vote on whether to put a question on the April ballot asking whether voters want state lawmakers to legalize pot.

More than 20 states allow medical marijuana and Colorado and Washington have completely legalized the plant.

Advocates say removing criminal penalties of cannabis would also have a number of positive outcomes.

Gary Storck, co-founder of, Is My Medicine Legal Yet? says, "States that have legalized marijuana, for example, drunken driving has gone down. So there's a big suggestion, even in the literature back beyond prohibition, that cannabis can be a substitute for more harmful substances."

It will be taken up by the executive committee and, if it's passed there, it'll go to the full board in a couple weeks.

The Dane County clerk says the referendum is unlikely to add any expense to already-scheduled April election.

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