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The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

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Viewpoint Luncheon – Dec 2019

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Woodland Dreams Ballroom
1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233


2020 Annual Meeting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wisconsin Club
900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Wisconsin has seen renewed debate in 2019 about legalizing medical marijuana, buoyed by bipartisan – though hardly universal – support for the move. Our analysis of medical marijuana programs across the country indicates that those programs differ in three distinct ways: who qualifies for legal purchases of medical marijuana; how its cultivation, sale, and use is regulated; and whether and how it is taxed. Those three areas also will be the key issues for state lawmakers to deliberate if they move ahead with such a proposal.

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