On July 29, 2017, the Wisconsin State Journal published my letter to the editor, "Don't 'wait and see' on marijuana." The letter was also published on their web site titled, "State shouldn't 'wait and see' on marijuana - Gary Storck."
Letter to the Editor by Gary Storck as published in WI State Journal Sat. July 29, 2017.
Press Packet from Melissa Sargent Legalize Opportunity Presser 07-13-2017
News coverage of Rep. Melissa Sargent's July 13 press conference announcing her new cannabis legalization proposal, LRB-2457 included a number of over the top reactions from lawmakers, law enforcement and health care and addiction professionals.
While Rep. Sargent has made a great case for passing LRB-2457, proactively addressing the predictable reactions from opponents, a review of news coverage of the announcement of the 102-page bill finds that for many opponents, her words fell on deaf ears.
On Day 32 of their 60-day direct legislation campaign to decriminalize pot in the city, Racine Greens have collected the 3870 or so signatures needed to place the issue before voters. Racine Green Party co-chairs Fabi Maldonado and Sondra Plunkett and Eric Marsch director of SE WI NORML broke the news on July 4 on Facebook. They still intend to collect as many more signatures as possible in the remaining 4 weeks of the campaign, but they have reached the minimum number needed to place their cannabis decriminalization proposal on Racine ballots in 2018.