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Political leaders struggle to comprehend pot legalization poll

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin political leaders are scratching their heads over a recent Marquette Law School poll showing that half the state's voters support a full legalization of marijuana. 

Gary Storck of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws recently touted the statewide poll, which asked registered voters in late October about an array of political subjects. 

Just under 50 percent said they supported pot legalization. 45 percent said no, and 5 percent were not sure. 

Wisconsin Democrats have been trying for years to approve marijuana for medicinal purposes, but there's been no real public talk about seeking full legalization.

Assembly Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison is one of the main sponsors of the current medical marijuana bill. She tells the Capital Times she's uncertain about full legalization -- and she believes there are both pros and cons. 

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke said she doesn't believe Wisconsinites support a full legalization of marijuana -- but she could support the limited medicinal use. 

If anything, majority Republicans favor more restrictions. No Republican is co-sponsoring the medicinal marijuana bill. 

Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill to let local governments prosecute those caught with small amounts of pot, even when county DA's drop charges.