UPDATED: 11/02/2018: The year 2018 has been a historic year for cannabis law reform in Wisconsin. On Nov. 6, sixteen Wisconsin counties and two cities, from the Michigan border to the Illinois border, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River will vote on Wisconsin’s archaic and punitive cannabis laws. While Dane County has twice held county cannabis advisory referendums and Madison and other Wisconsin cities held both advisory and binding referendums on cannabis in the 1970s, never before have so many Wisconsin voters had the chance to express their opinions on the cannabis issue.
Legalization of industrial hemp by state lawmakers last session continues to bring lots of good change to Wisconsin in a short amount of time. On Thursday Sept. 20, the Milwaukee County Board approved 17-1 Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez’s resolution to have the Parks department conduct a study of possible revenue-generating uses for the Mitchell Park Greenhouses including producing industrial hemp. The sole vote against was cast by the board’s chair, 1st District Sup. Theo Lipscomb.
The Wisconsin Justice Institute (WJI)https://www.wjiinc.org/, a key player in coordinating the campaign to place advisory referendums on cannabis legalization on Wisconsin city and county ballots in the Nov. 6 general election, recently premiered a new website Vote Cannabis 2018 (https://votecannabis2018.com/)
On Aug. 21, the Fond du Lac County board was one of 7 counties voting on cannabis advisory referendums, but unlike the six others, rejected approving a referendum, instead voting to refer it to the Public Safety committee on a 15-8 vote on a motion by District 23 Sup. Martin Ryan. The move came during a contentious meeting that saw sheriff’s deputies removing at least one person from the chambers.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, who represents the 12th district, has introduced a resolution to have the Parks department conduct a study of possible revenue-generating uses for the Mitchell Park Greenhouses including producing industrial hemp. The proposal will be discussed by the Parks, Energy and Environment Committee on Friday Sept. 14 at 1:00pm in Room 201B of the County Courthouse 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee. Supporters are urged to attend.