Governor Scott Walker signed legislation Thursday that legalizes marijuana in the state, making it legal for adults to possess up to two ounces and grow up to six plants.
The measure will also allow individuals to sell and grow cannabis at home.
“I’m not going to make any more promises than that,” Walker told reporters.
“This is the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to do this.
This is my first big deal.”
Walker’s signing comes as the federal government has stepped up efforts to try to clamp down on recreational use of marijuana in several states, including California, Colorado and Washington.
The move comes as polls show support for legalizing marijuana growing in some of the nation’s most populous states, and many states in the U.S. are moving forward with legalization measures in their legislatures.
Legalization advocates welcomed the governor’s signing, which comes just a week after Colorado and Oregon legalized marijuana.
“This is great news for the entire state of Wisconsin, as we have the first state to legalize marijuana and we’re moving ahead with a comprehensive plan that will help ensure we have access to safe, reliable and responsible cannabis products in the future,” Wisconsin State Senator Mike Green told CNN.
The new law, which was approved by the state Senate, takes effect on July 1.
It will allow for a $10,000 fine for first-time offenders and a $1,000 penalty for a second or subsequent offense.
The bill was approved on a 51-4 vote.
The measure is similar to what was approved in Wisconsin by a similar measure in 2016.
The legislation is aimed at addressing the threat of synthetic cannabis that is believed to be making its way onto the streets and is highly potent and can cause seizures.
In addition to a $3,000 per person fine, violators will be subject to a year in jail, a $100 fine and will be banned from possessing more than six plants for up to one year.
Under the bill, violaters will be able to obtain a medical marijuana card through the state Department of Health.
A medical marijuana license is not required to purchase recreational marijuana in Wisconsin.
Walker said he hopes to see a reduction in the number of people arrested for marijuana-related offenses, which have seen a steep rise in recent years.
“As long as I’m the governor, I’m going to continue to fight for the rights of people who have the best interests of the state at heart, and I’m not interested in going after people who are in violation of the law,” he said.