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0733, 19 Feb 19

Evers Wants to Get Wisconsin High


Gov. Tony Evers will propose legalizing medical marijuana in his state budget address later this month, the governor announced Monday.

The push for medical legalization will be accompanied by several other marijuana-related proposals, including legalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establishing expungement procedures for people with marijuana possession on their criminal records and bringing state laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, in line with federal standards.

I suspect one of two things is happening here:

  1. Evers is truly a leftist who wants to legalize pot. Or he has surrounded himself with advisers of that ilk. But if they truly believe in this, it seems disingenuous to put it in the budget instead of advocating it as its own bill.
  2. This is a negotiating tactic for the budget. It is a common negotiating tactic to put things in a proposal that are intended to be jettisoned in exchange for something more important. For example, “sure, I’ll drop the weed proposal if you increase K-12 spending to my level.”

Be wary that this isn’t just designed to distract the public while they ram through massive new spending and taxes.


0733, 19 February 2019


  1. dad29

    It will distract The Press, and that’s the plan.  What else is in there?  Nobody will ever know.

  2. Merlin

    Much of #1 has to do with the left’s angst about Milwaukee’s minority dopers being “over-represented” in the criminal justice system. It’s a typically myopic lefty viewpoint, because copping to the dope charges is what lets prosecutors bargain away the heavier charges for the sake of expediency. Decriminalizing pot might net a favorable dump in the numbers of dope convictions, but they’ll soon start racking up longer sentences on more serious crimes that had been previously been routinely bargained away. This is a Milwaukee problem, not a Wisconsin problem.

  3. jjf

    Dad29, we have fewer journalists than ever before, newspapers are struggling, and a President who derides the press at every turn, and quite a few followers of his party repeat that ridicule of the press.

    Now you want the press to save you?

    Merlin, do you have any proof of your assertion?  Or are you just spitballing?

  4. Jason

    >and a President who derides the press at every turn, and quite a few followers of his party repeat that ridicule of the press.

    That’s not accurate.

  5. dad29

    Jiffy, the information I seek will be available regardless, because it will be pushed by reliable sources who are NOT “the press.”

    But whether you know it or not, there is such a thing as TeeVee Nooz.  Aside from Colbert, that’s where most people get their “nooz.”  And the TeeVeeNooz has plenty of reporters and money.

    You should really try TeeVee, Jiffy.

  6. jjf

    I dunno, Dad29, where do you stand on Werther’s Originals?

    You don’t think Trump and the GOP are ridiculing television news?

    Oh, I get it.  You’re talking about Fox News.

  7. MjM

    Jiffy sniffs: “…we have fewer journalists than ever before..”

    Well, you can say that again.  Simply because most of them still calling themselves “journalists” are nothing more than opinion-spewing duplicitous gits.

    But then, they’ve always been.  See: Walter Duranty


  8. Mike

    This is payback for all of those advisory referendums on legalizing weed. What better way to motivate the young democratic “adults” to vote in an off year election.

  9. jjf

    Duranty?  An example from the 1950s?  Wow, got me there!

    I can’t think of anyone I’d call a journalist since then!

    Where do you stand on Werther’s Originals?

  10. jjf

    Let me correct myself.  Duranty died in 1959, was at the NYT from 1922 to 1936.

  11. MjM

    Jiffy yawps: ” Wow, got me there!

    That sound you just head was “journalist” history zooming over your pinhead.

  12. jjf

    Golly, I guess science is not to be trusted if there was ever a scientist who committed fraud or deception!

  13. dad29

    Fraud and Deception is the middle name of “climate change” scientism.

  14. jjf

    That’s right, Dad29, all those people devoted their lives to deceiving you.  It’s the only logical explanation.

    My answer to a bad journalist?  More journalists.

    Trump’s answer?  Go ahead, tell me all the things he’s said about respecting the profession and what he thinks should happen to the ones he doesn’t like.

    A scientist who presents a fraudulent paper?  There’s a thousand other scientists ready and willing to pile on, because they have self-interest in proving someone else wrong.

  15. dad29

    devoted their lives to deceiving you

    Nope, dope.  They devote their lives to getting more Gummint grants (or budget, in the case of NASA.)  You may have forgotten Rule One:  “Follow the MONEY,” but that’s your problem.

    And let’s get this straight right now:  climate changes.  It gets hot, it gets cold.  “Mankind” has only a microscopic input to that change.


  16. jjf

    So money not only influences science, but overwhelms its ability to do science and reach conclusions?  But money in politics is just speech and is harmless?  My head spins.

    Tide goes in, tide goes out.  Heard that before.

  17. Jason

    jjf and his whataboutisms.  Probably thinks its a good idea to make snow angels in a dog park.

    >My head spins.

    That’s obvious with every post you make.

  18. jjf

    Well, Jason, thank you for your detailed explanation of why money steers scientific results but doesn’t steer politics.

  19. Jason

    Your head is still spinning jjf. Poor liberal trying to talk like an adult.

  20. dad29

    trying to talk like an adult.

    Jason, here we’ll disagree.  Jiffy wants to talk like a 14-year-old.  He did very well with that as a sophomore, so why change?

  21. jjf

    “Why change,” from Mr. Permanent Things.

  22. dad29

    Adolescence was not meant to be permanent, Jiffy.

  23. Paul

    It is for John Foust.  That’s what he lures on the internet.  Too bad Chris Hansen is off the air, otherwise Foust would be shamed on TV.

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