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Sauk County Board to consider medical marijuana referendum Tuesday

A worker harvests marijuana plants near Garberville, Calif. The Sauk County Board is slated Tuesday to consider placing an advisory question on the ballot that supports the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The Sauk County Board will decide Tuesday night whether to ask voters if they support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

If the board approves a proposed advisory referendum on the matter, Sauk County would become the fourth Wisconsin county to authorize a November ballot question involving cannabis legalization.

Non-binding referendums have been proposed in 15 counties, according to the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Referendums already have been approved in Dane, Milwaukee and Rock counties. Another in Walworth County was rejected. In 11 counties, including Sauk County, proposals have been introduced and are pending.

The proposed Sauk County ballot question reads as follows: “Should the State of Wisconsin legalize medical marijuana so that people with debilitating medical conditions may access medical marijuana if they have a prescription from a licensed Wisconsin physician?”

The board in recent months has approved fall advisory referendums involving non-partisan redistricting reform and the influence of money in politics.

An opponent of those referendums, Supervisor Tim McCumber of Merrimac, introduced the one on medical marijuana. It was approved by the board’s Executive and Legislative Committee last week.

The public will be allowed to speak to the board prior to Tuesday night’s meeting. The proposed medical marijuana referendum is the last item on the board’s agenda.

In other business, the board is slated to consider the following items:

  • Amending the county’s animal control ordinance to bring it in line with state statutes.
  • Changing property in the town of La Valle from agricultural to commercial zoning.
  • Amending a supervisory district to reflect an annexation in the village of Sauk City.
  • Adopting standards for the provision of committee meeting documents.
  • A contract addendum to cover the operating expenses of a female sober living house.
  • The $380,000 purchase of a replacement law enforcement and public safety system.
  • The $90,000 purchase of a roadside mower from Mid-State Equipment.
  • The $46,000 purchase of two vehicles for the county’s Department of Human Services.
  • A 2018-2019 collective bargaining agreement between the county and its sworn officers union.
  • Repealing and recreating the county’s personnel ordinance to be compliant with the law and to change various human resources practices and procedures.
  • A resolution urging legislation changing property tax assessment and valuation for large commercial retailers.

Follow Tim Damos on Twitter @timdamos or contact him at 608-356-4808 ext. 238.

Baraboo News Republic reporter

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