January 2017

Wanggaard CBD bill gets bill number and cosponsors

Sen. Van Wanggaard’s CBD bill now has a number, Senate Bill 10 along with 15 of 33 state senators cosponsoring, Senators Wanggaard, Wirch, Testin, Bewley, Carpenter, Craig, Erpenbach, Hansen, Johnson, Lasee, Ringhand, Roth, (Democratic Minority Leader) Shilling, L. Taylor and C. Larson. 10 of the sponsors are Democrats, and five are. Republicans. This is Senator Shilling’s first cannabis-related bill.On the Assembly side, there are 36 cosponsors including Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

Breaking: GOP Rep Jarchow will sponsor pot decrim bill

State Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) announced he is drafting a bipartisan statewide cannabis decriminalization bill on the “State Reppin” radio show on Riverwest Radio hosted by State Reps. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) and David Bowen (D-Milwaukee).

Wanggaard expects CBD bill passage before March

Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) who authored CBD legislation last session that was blocked by fellow Republicans, is currently circulating his latest version of the legislation, LRB-0854/1. 2013 Wisconsin Act 267, regarding CBD oil for childhood seizures,  was passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in 2014, but the wording was problematic for families seeking to use cannabidiol, necessitating further action.

Wisconsin Democrats bill would put medical pot advisory referendum on ballot

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) are rolling out two medical-cannabis bills, an updated version of the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act the two have long championed and a second bill to authorize placing a statewide medical cannabis advisory referendum before state voters. Rep. Taylor announced the new legislation on Facebook on Jan. 12: Earlier today, Sen. Jon Erpenbach and I introduced legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin.

Walker not interested in legalization says neither are most lawmakers

With the start of the new legislative session, there has been a flood of articles about cannabis and Wisconsin. Among them I discovered a real nugget in a story from the Wisconsin Radio Network (WRN) January 6, by Andrew Beckett, “Governor Scott Walker open to improving access to CBD oil,” discussing the proposal being sponsored again by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). Incidentally, Wanggaard was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Jan.