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Dane County voters have the opportunity April 1 to vote on the national debate over legalizing cannabis. Vote "yes" on Advisory Referendum 2, which asks, "Should the state government enact legislation legalizing marijuana?"

While Wisconsin has some of the worst pot laws in the Midwest, 20 states now have legalized medical cannabis. And two of those, Colorado and Washington, tax and regulate adult use. Other states are also considering legalization. Polling has found majority support for cannabis legalization in 18 states and Washington, D.C.

Alaska will vote on legalization in August, while California, Oregon and other states are likely to see ballot measures in 2016. Nevada legalization advocates are collecting signatures this year for a 2015 vote. Florida is voting on a constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis this November.

Wisconsinites are not unlike other Americans. They support legalization just as much as people in other states. A strong showing for the April 1 legalization referendum will drive that point home to state lawmakers. So far they have been unwilling to admit that, as a policy, marijuana prohibition is counterproductive and repeal is the only sensible path.

-- Gary Storck, Madison, Is My Medicine Legal Yet? (www.IMMLY.org)

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