Cannabis advisory referendum split in Wood County, Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor approve both

Posted: April 2, 2019 by Gary Storck
Category: Elections

UPDATED: 04/03/2019: 8:14:29 PM: The votes are in for Wisconsin’s Spring 2019 election and, 5 of 6 advisory referendums were approved. Voters in Wood County split, passing medical but rejecting adult use, while the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County village of Egg Harbor said yes to legalizing both medical cannabis and adult use cannabis.

Wood County:

Wood County voters overwhelmingly passing their medical cannabis question by a 71% to 29% margin, but the adult use question lost by a 40% to 60% margin. The loss marks the first defeat in Wisconsin cannabis advisory referendum questions. The referendums faced a lot of opposition from members of the public, local law enforcement and the county health department at the county board vote, and that continued through the campaign, with a long OPED published on the eve of the election.

“Should marijuana be legal for medical purposes only and available only by prescription through a medical dispensary?”

Yes 11597
No 4757

“Should marijuana be legal for adults, 21 years of age and older, for recreational use to be taxed and regulated like alcohol?”

Yes 6665
No 9861

City of Sturgeon Bay:

Sturgeon Bay voters overwhelmingly approved the medical cannabis question 77% to 23% while narrowly approving their adult use referendum question by a 51% to 49% margin.

“Do you support the use of cannabis for medical purposes?”

Yes 2490
No 724

“Do you support allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of cannabis?”

Yes 1622
No 1585

Village of Egg Harbor:

Voters overwhelmingly approved their medical cannabis advisory referendum 82-18%, while passing the adult use question by 55-45%.

Question #1: “Do you support the use of marijuana for medical purposes?

Yes: 116
No: 25

Question #2 “Do you support allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana on private property?”

Yes: 77
No: 63

In the city of Oshkosh, with all precincts reporting, Oshkosh deputy mayor Lori Palmeri upset incumbent Mayor Steve Cummings. As a city council member Palmeri supported efforts to reduce Oshkosh city pot fines, while Cummings vehemently opposed any reductions.

Lori Palmeri: 4,681
Steve Cummings (I): 4,359