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Matt Flynn, Democratic candidate for governor, backs legalizing pot
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Matt Flynn, Democratic candidate for governor, backs legalizing pot

From the 2018 Wisconsin governor's race series

Democratic governor candidate Flynn favors legalizing pot

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Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn

Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says if Wisconsin voters want to legalize marijuana, he's all for it.

Flynn on Tuesday called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to put a non-binding referendum on the November 2018 ballot asking if there's support for the legalization and sale of marijuana.

If it would pass, Flynn says as governor he would push the Legislature to follow through.

There have been small signs of movement in the current Legislature among supporters of legalizing marijuana. A bipartisan bill introduced this year would have loosened penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

And Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he was open to legalizing medical marijuana, but a Democratic bill to do that has languished.

Gov. Scott Walker opposes pot legalization.

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