Unofficial returns from Milwaukee County show 70 percent of voters say the state’s prohibition on marijuana should end and that its sales should be taxed. In Dane County, the margin was even wider, with 76 percent of voters favoring legalization of marijuana.
Advisory referendums on marijuana were on the ballots in 16 counties and two cities Tuesday. Ten of the counties and the City of Waukesha focused on its medical use only.
In Marathon County, more than 81 percent of voters said marijuana should be legalized for medical use.
One state over, Michigan voters decided to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use by a 56-44 percent margin, becoming the first state in the Midwest to do so. Legalization will happen within weeks, though marijuana won’t likely be commercially available until 2020 as the state works to put regulations in place.
Voters in two other states — Missouri and Utah — endorsed medical marijuana laws.
Voters in North Dakota didn’t partake, however, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.