70 percent vote to legalize pot

It was only an advisory referendum on the ballot in six of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, but an overwhelming number of voters want the state Legislature to legalize marijuana for adults.

Seventy percent of voters in the six counties — Dane, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Racine, and Rock — and a majority of voters in each county voted in favor of pot, as nearly one million residents voted yes on Tuesday’s referendum.

In Dane County, 76 percent of the voters were in favor and only 24 percent were opposed. In the state’s most populous county, 70 percent of Milwaukee County voters cast ballots to end the prohibition on marijuana use by adults.

Meanwhile, the referendum garnered 69 percent support in Rock County, 63 percent in La Crosse County, and 54 percent in Eau Claire County.

While Democrat Tony Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Republicans maintained control of both the State Assembly and the State Senate for the next two years.