Over 650 people voted in our poll after we asked if Wisconsin should legalize marijuana with 574 people saying they’d like it to be legal.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, Monday introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, but the chances of it going anywhere are slim.

As noted in a story from the Associated Press, Republicans control both houses of the Legislature, so it’s unlikely the bill will go very far. Gov. Scott Walker has said he opposes legalized marijuana even for medicinal purposes because it is so often a gateway drug.

Sargent’s reasoning is that legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational use will reduce crime and improve the state’s finances.

On the Racine County Eye Facebook page, over 50 people commented. Here’s what you said:

Jay NixonOne thing which I can safely say after 35 combined years first prosecuting and then more recently defending people on THC related charges is that this prohibition is a huge waste of taxpayer money. Hundred of billions are spent imprisoning people and investigating/prosecuting their cases, with no significant drop in the use of the drug, despite a century long war against it. All we have succeeded in accomplishing is to create a huge and powerful underworld criminal network supporting the trade in it, as well as an equally huge and powerful law enforcement/corrections network to fight it.”

Beth HolbusI’ve never known a pot smoker to become violent when they consume too much! Most will eat and go to sleep. Alcohol, on the other hand, increases aggressions when mass quantities are consumed. No brainer!”

Vanessa Behrens MurrayI would venture to guess that the people who say never, have never had to deal with chemo! or any other dibilitating, horrendous disease!”

Jessica LarsonI’d be happy with just medicinal right now. The crazy amount of relief i could get from a simple toke or edible for my fibromyalgia and other issues is amazing but instead they rather i be on harsh chemical drugs whose side effects out weigh the relief as they slowly destroy my liver. Now how does keeping it illegal seem right?”

Xavier MarquezNo let’s keep Marijuana illegal so people can legally drink and drive and cause fatal accidents when too much is consumed. And legally smoke cigarettes which is known to cause cancer and is responsible for countless deaths all over this state. Unless all the conservatives who run this state plan to make a big bucks off it. Let’s keep illegal. Once they feel comfortable putting their name on the pot industry Marijuana will stay illegal in Wisconsin. God bless America.”

Nathaniel FanningI would say no, but the powers that be do not listen to me. If they do, I plan on investing in Munchie Futures.”

Jerry BloomSmoking anything is bad for your health so I’d have to say no to that one. I would be open to medicine made from the plant though.”

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.