County officials discuss Marijuana referendum ahead of advisory referendum

The La Crosse County Sheriff and District Attorney are hosting a question and answer session this evening ahead of tomorrow’s election.

The pair are giving their opinion on the marijuana referendum on the ballot in La Crosse County.

The advisory referendum asks whether the state of Wisconsin should legalize use of marijuana.

La Crosse County’s District Attorney says the discussion is good because of the large impact to the community.

“The question is how much money do we put into enforcing that and keeping it illegal when many people are using it and most people aren’t seeing it as a really big problem that we should see a lot of money on,” said La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke.

La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson also commented about the referendum, saying in part:

“My position is that I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. There are a number of reasons that I have taken this position. States that have legalized marijuana have seen an increase in vehicle crashes by persons impaired by marijuana as well as an increase in fatal vehicle crashes.”

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