February 2017

Monona City Council tables $1 pot fine ordinance to March

On Monday Feb. 20 the Monona city council listened to public testimony and debated the proposal to amend the city’s cannabis possession ordinance and adopt a $1 fine plus costs for those over 21 found in possession. Madison NORML’s Nate Petreman reports a strong turnout from supporters, with only one opponent speaking against and another registering against, compared to five speaking in favor and at least as many registering in support.

Monona City Council takes the torch from PSC as pot debate rolls on

On Monday Feb. 20 the Monona city council listened to public testimony and debated the proposal to amend the city’s cannabis possession ordinance and adopt a $1 fine plus costs for those over 21 found in possession. Madison NORML’s Nate Petreman reports a strong turnout from supporters, with only one opponent speaking against and another registering against, compared to five speaking in favor and at least as many registering in support.

Wisconsin Senate passes CBD bill 31-1

Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Relating to: definition of tetrahydrocannabinols and the use of cannabidiol, passed the full Wisconsin Senate today by a 31-1 vote in favor. The sole vote against came from Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), one of several senators who helped kill last session’s version of the bill in the last moments of the last senate session. Not voting was Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield).

Senate CBD bill heads for floor vote, Assembly version introduced

An executive session was held Feb. 2 on Senate Bill 10 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety after the Jan. 31 public hearing. The vote was 4-0, and having passed out of committee SB10 is available for scheduling for a Senate floor vote. Sens. Wanggaard, Testin, L. Taylor and Risser voted in favor. State Sen.

Tomah Cannabis Committee disbanded by 4-2 vote: Referendum next?

Tomah alder Chris King reports that Tomah’s Ad Hoc Cannabis committee, established in Summer 2016 to study the city’s cannabis decriminalization ordinance, has voted to disband. Alder King posted the following on Facebook: “WE ARE FORCED TO EXPLORE THE DIRECT LEGISLATION/REFERENDUM OPTION TO DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS IN THE CITY OF TOMAH.

Farmers Union votes to support hemp farming at state convention

The Wisconsin Farmers Union held their 86th annual State Convention Jan. 27-29, 2017 in Wisconsin Dells. According to a press release from the group, delegates adopted a number of resolutions reflecting the farm organization’s views on key issues. Among them was language supporting hemp farming in Wisconsin: