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Lawmaker's 'lonely ship' fills as support for cannabis grows


Coburn Dukehart – Associated Press

In this April 18, 2019 photo, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, announces she will introduce a bill to fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. She is flanked by, at left, Alan Robinson, executive director of the Wisconsin chapter of NORML; and Bob Daggett, a farmer from Montello, Wis. Sargent introduced the bill on May 17, 2019.

MADISON, Wis. - Elected as state representative for the 48th Assembly District, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, has been "legislating through listening" to her 60,000 constituents since 2012. The stories and concerns she heard from voters in her district have launched Sargent on an unexpected journey, sending her on a mission that she never anticipated when she first ran for office.

Sargent, who said she has never used marijuana, has concluded that prohibition of the drug is ruining the lives of a large number of Wisconsin residents.


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