Committee sends medical marijuana referendum to Sauk County Board

Committee sends medical marijuana referendum to Sauk County Board

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Buy Now With her mother by her side, 9-year-old Norah Lowe of Merrimac uses an eye-directed speaking device to address the Sauk County Board’s Executive and Legislative Committee Tuesday. Lowe, who suffers from Rett Syndrome, encouraged the committee to support a proposed advisory referendum on medical marijuana. TIM DAMOS/News Republic A panel voted unanimously Tuesday to send a proposed November advisory referendum on medical marijuana to the Sauk County Board for final consideration next week. But the board’s Executive and Legislative Committee opted to adjourn before considering additional referendums on gun rights and abortion, which also were on its agenda. The panel is expected to take up those matters next month. All of the proposals under consideration Tuesday were drawn up by a handful of supervisors who opposed ballot questions on nonpartisan redistricting and campaign finance that the board recently approved. They said the board shouldn’t authorize advisory referendums on state and national issues, as other Wisconsin counties and municipalities have done. But since the board already has gone down that road, the supervisors have said, equal consideration must be given to all issues voters are passionate about. Supervisor Tim McCumber of Merrimac, one of the supervisors who put forth the new referendums on gun rights, abortion and medical marijuana, has said his true aim is to show that progressives have steered the board outside its purview. He wants the board to reject all of his proposals and rescind the two referendums it previously approved. McCumber’s proposed ballot questions drew a crowd of interested citizens to Tuesday’s meeting, some who spoke to the committee during public comment. Most were not concerned about the political maneuvering among supervisors, and just wanted their issues on the ballot. “I have friends with Rett Syndrome,” 9-year-old Norah Lowe of Merrimac said through an […]

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