Legal cannabis supporters in Door County point to tax revenues in other states as another reason for decriminalization in Wisconsin, though an area lawmaker says that's unlikely to happen. The State of Colorado recently announced legal cannabis sales generated $1.75-billion in sales and $302-million dollars in tax revenue. Sturgeon Bay City Councilmember Seth Wiederanders supports legal marijuana for medical and recreational use. He believes the economic benefits of such uses can work in Wisconsin if it's taxed and regulated like alcoholic beverages.
State Representative Joel Kitchens, a Republican from Sturgeon Bay, says the current political climate in Madison makes legalization of marijuana improbable. Though he says lawmakers are monitoring Michigan's and Illinois's experiences with legal cannabis sales.
Kitchens also believes the federal government should have the final say on whether medical and recreational cannabis should be legal because it's still banned under federal law. Illinois began allowing legal marijuana sales on January 1st and drew many customers from Wisconsin.