Tony Evers criticized over Wisconsin drug use policies
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently took to his personal Twitter account to talk about how his administration was fighting the opioid crisis through a variety of methods such as funding for treatment and prevention. Due to the context of Wisconsin’s current relationship with certain drugs such as legal marijuana, this led to a backlash from a number of his constituents.
Speaking on Twitter, Evers wrote: ‘We’re going to keep working to expand initiatives like this to fight the opioid crisis and keep our communities safe, including using settlement funds to make treatment, prevention, and recovery services more accessible.’
Replying to this, one user named Greg Shaw said: “Great, so now NO Medical Marijuana legalize it all or nothing, and make sure that junk isn’t sold in this state, this will make others come and buy from Wisconsin.” This comment comes after pressure for Evers to legalize marijuana in the state and follow in the footsteps of Wisconsin’s neighbors.
Elsewhere, another user added: “This is the opposite of fighting the opioid crisis. You’re using a bandaid instead of addressing the root cause.”
Often when dealing with drug issues, politicians have to walk a tightrope in terms of pleasing everyone. Here, it looks like Evers isn’t too popular in terms of his drug stance which may become a bigger issue going into 2024.