Wisconsin is one of the states that Democrats hope to flip blue in 2018. But it turns out marijuana advocates might have even more at stake in the Cheese state next fall.
Matt Flynn is a Democrat running in the Wisconsin governor's race. On Tuesday, Flynn called on the Republican-led legislature to legalize marijuana and announced his support to add a referendum next November about allowing recreational cannabis.
It should be noted that Flynn is one of 13 people currently vying for the Democratic nomination in the Wisconsin governor's race, and there's no clear frontrunner at all. But perhaps Flynn will get some extra attention and support with his marijuana announcement.
Wisconsin is one of the few states in America that has neither a recreational nor medical marijuana bill in place. However, some positive signs have shown up in the state. Politicians from both parties supported a bill to loosen penalties on marijuana possession earlier this year, and some Republicans have even joined Democratic efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill.
However, the big obstacle in Wisconsin right now to any marijuana progress is current Governor Scott Walker. Walker has opposed nearly every cannabis bill that's been pushed by any part of the legislature. For marijuana laws to change in Wisconsin, Walker would need to be ousted from his seat.
Walker's re-election efforts next November are far from secure. Various political experts say that the governor's race is only leaning Republican at the moment, meaning Walker is on some shaky ground. And one poll even has Walker losing an election to a generic Democratic candidate.
But if a strong marijuana movement can grow in Wisconsin, that could be a bad sign for Walker's re-election. That and general unhappiness with the Republican Party at the moment due to Donald Trump.