Assembly Speaker Vos fears Evers’ plan to OK medical pot ‘a slippery slope’

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidelines today for federal prosecutors in states where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is allowed under state law. Federal prosecutors will no longer trump the state with raids on the southern California dispensaries as they had been doing, but Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley recently began a crackdown campaign that will include raids against the facilities. Cooley maintains that virtually all marijuana dispensaries are in violation of the law because they profit from their product. The city of LA has been slow to come to agreement on how to regulate its 800 to 1,000 dispensaries. Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis with the passage of state ballot Proposition 215 in 1996 and a total of 14 states now allow the medicinal use of marijuana. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

MADISON — Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Assembly aren’t happy with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers saying legalizing medical marijuana could start the process for full legalization.

Evers said last week he would probably include a “first step” toward legalizing medical marijuana. He said that will start the process toward full legalization, including a potential statewide referendum.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday, Jan. 22 he’s open to legalizing medical marijuana, but he doesn’t want that to “lead us down a slippery slope where there’s pot on every corner.” He said he hopes Evers hasn’t “poisoned the conversation through his own inexperience.”

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said using legalization of medical marijuana to move to full legalization would be a problem for many in the GOP Assembly caucus.

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