Republican Senate leader calls plan for state-run marijuana dispensaries a ‘non-starter’ – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A new Republican bill that would legalize marijuana in Wisconsin for medicinal purposes could be in jeopardy after the GOP leader of the state Senate said Thursday a key provision to create state-run dispensaries is a “non-starter” for his caucus.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said the bill would need to be modified in order to gain support among Senate Republicans, comments made shortly after Senate President Chris Kapenga tweeted opposition to the bill.

“My caucus, and maybe for a lot of members of the Assembly caucus, we campaign on controlling the size of government,” LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said at a luncheon Thursday.

LeMahieu said the bill’s creation of state-run dispensaries is the main issue among members of the Senate GOP’s “relatively conservative caucus,” comparing the idea to “a DMV for medical marijuana.”But LeMahieu also added there “are a lot of good things in the bill” and did not rule out a compromise.