Walworth County residents (not in order) Gary Baldwin, Mary Burpee, Bob Cole, Bob Peryea, Steven Doelder, Elliott Las and Jim Anton take part in a postcard-signing event at the Democratic Party of Walworth County office last week as part of an effort requesting the Walworth County Board of Supervisors revisit the issue of an advisory referendum on the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. On July 10, the board voted to place a resolution on the advisory referendum on file, essentially tabling the issue. (Dave Dresdow photo)

Walworth County Dems aim to bring advisory referendum back to the board

By Kellen Olshefski

Correspondent

The Democratic Party of Walworth County held post-card signing events last week in an effort to urge the Walworth County Board of Supervisors to allow voters to share their opinion about the legalization of marijuana.

The issue surfaced after the July 10 meeting when the Board voted in favor of placing a resolution on the advisory referendum on file rather than refer the topic to the Executive Committee for further discussion.

The resolution, drafted and approved by the Democratic Party of Walworth County, called for a countywide advisory referendum on the November 2018 ballot about the legalization and regulation of the adult use of cannabis.

The advisory referendum would have given Walworth County residents an opportunity to indicate their position – either for or against – the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin.

Mary Jo Fesenmaier, secretary for the Democratic Party of Walworth County, said the reasoning behind the postcard writing events last week was about the rights of citizens and their ability to share their thoughts and opinions on topics such as marijuana legalization.

For more about the steps that group is taking as well as a recap of the discussion that took place among supervisors at the July 10 meeting, see the following area newspapers: Genoa City Report, East Troy News, Elkhorn Independent, Lake Geneva Times, Sharon Reporter, Walworth Times and Whitewater Register.

 
 

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