Decriminalization

Exclusive: Racine Greens launch direct legislation campaign for $1 pot fines

June 13, 2017 - Green Party activists in the city of Racine launched a campaign June 2 to collect a minimum 3870 signatures for direct legislation on lowering fines for possession of cannabis to $1. The Racine effort comes just as NORML activists completed a direct legislation campaign in the village of West Milwaukee. Previously, Dane County, Milwaukee, Fitchburg, Stevens Point, Monona and Middleton all reduced pot...

NORML chapters move forward on West Milwaukee and Middleton pot fine reduction efforts

June 9, 2017 - Volunteers with Southeastern Wisconsin NORML collected over 200 signatures in a campaign to reduce local fines for cannabis possession to $5 in the village of West Milwaukee. According to Eric Marsch, director of Southeastern Wisconsin NORML, the group submitted 209 signatures to the West Milwaukee clerk on May 30. 187 signatures are required to place the direct legislation before voters. Marsch said...

History made as bipartisan Wisconsin pot decriminalization bill rolled out

May 31, 2017 - History was made May 30 with a Capitol press conference announcing the introduction of bipartisan statewide decriminalization legislation. The bill, LRB-1507/1, is sponsored by Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), along with Reps. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison). The bill is historical not only in that it is Rep. Jarchow's first time sponsoring...

UPDATED: NORML to urge lower pot fines at May 16 Middleton city council meeting

May 2, 2017 - (NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect a new time & date and change to the city council meeting.) After a lengthy but successful campaign in Monona to reduce local pot penalties, activists from Madison NORML and allies are turning their attention to city of Middleton, just west of Madison. On Tuesday May 16, Middleton's city council is meeting at 7:30pm and supporters of reducing Middleton...

Gary Storck: Monona shows courage on cannabis

April 6, 2017 - Here’s my latest letter in the Cap Times. I guess with my reference to the Madison Ord. 23.20 anniversary, I assumed it might get published closer to the anniversary date. But it came out March 25 and I didn’t spot it at the time. Gary Storck: Monona shows courage on cannabis Mar 25, 2017 Dear Editor: Monona Mayor Bob Miller and the three alders he joined in voting to repeal penalties for adult...

Madisonís historic pot ordinance passed by voters 40 years ago April 5

April 4, 2017 - Ever since I became aware of Madison Ordinance 23.20, “Regulations concerning marijuana and cannabis,” the binding referendum passed by Madison voters in April 1977, I’ve wanted to know more about its history and how it came to be. Madison NORML flier from Ord. 23.20 30th birthday party in 2007. (Cannabadger.com) In 2007, I put together a 23.20 30th birthday party as then-president of Madison NORML....

Monona Mayor breaks Council Tie to pass pot ordinance amendment

March 20, 2017 - UPDATED 03/24/2017 8:46:08 AM: After a hearing from the public and debating the merits of amending Monona’s current cannabis ordinance, Monona alders tied 3-3 in voting on the first of several options up for consideration, the so-called Kitslaar Amendment after it’s author, Monona Alder Andrew Kitslaar. Kitslaar Amendment named after it’s author, Monona Alder Andrew Kitslaar. Alders James Busse,...

Monona alders meet March 20 to hash out pot ordinance language

March 18, 2017 - The campaign to reduce Monona pot fines to $1 plus costs continues Monday, March 20 at the Monona city council meeting, when alders will be debating then voting on the wording of the amended ordinance. Public support has been critical in moving this issue forward through a long campaign that first started back in 2015. At about the same time, Fitchburg officials quietly lowered their pot fine, the...

Monona City Council tables $1 pot fine ordinance to March

February 21, 2017 - 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...

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

February 15, 2017 - 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...

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