Politics

OPINION: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering is setback to cannabis law reform hopes in Wisconsin

June 27, 2019 - The U.S. Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) 5-4 ruling today in two cases that the court has no role in overseeing gerrymandering in states is a big setback to hopes of passing legislation regulating cannabis in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's current legislative maps were drawn after the 2010 census by law firms hired by majority Republicans to create the strongest majorities possible. Currently, Republicans control...

Cannabadger is back online with a new post: Letter to the Editor: Gary Storck - Fitzgerald is ignoring the will of the majority on medical marijuana

May 31, 2019 - Editor's Note: Due to issues beyond our control, Cannabadger was offline for a stretch over the last few weeks. The last new article until this one was posted April 20. Thanks to the help of a good friend we were able to get back online and are now working to restore all 300+ articles published since our original launch date in March 2015. You will also notice the relaunched Cannabadger.com has a new...

Cannabis advisory referendum trounced Scott Fitzgerald in Dane County wards 62-38% in Nov. 2018 election

April 20, 2019 - Cannabadger recently took a look at the in the 13 wards where Senate GOP Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's senate district and a portion of eastern Dane County overlap and found that yes votes on Dane County's marijuana advisory referendum exceeded votes for Fitzgerald by a nearly 62/38% margin in those wards. The 13 wards offer a glimpse of how the vote would likely have gone had the referendum...

Wisconsin Lawmaker circulating constitutional amendment to allow citizens to put binding referendums on state ballots

March 13, 2019 - While many U.S. states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing citizens to collect signatures and place issues on the ballot, Wisconsin’s state constitution does not include such a provision. LRB-0151, a constitutional amendment being circulated by Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) would both allow citizens to put issues before voters, as well as enabling them to veto legislatively-passed laws...

Transcript: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the Jay Weber show on WISN Feb. 20

February 20, 2019 - On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appeared on the Jay Weber Show on NewsTalk 1130 WISN radio. Below is the transcript of Speaker Vos’ remarks regarding Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to include medical cannabis legalization and statewide decriminalization of up to 25 grams of cannabis in his budget: Jay Weber: Well the attention-grabbing story coming out of...

Transcript: Former Wisconsin legislative leaders discuss Evers' planned medical marijuana budget proposal

February 15, 2019 - Chuck Chvala, former Wisconsin Senate Democratic majority leader and former Republican Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, discussed Gov. Tony Evers planned medical marijuana budget proposal on their WisPolitics.com weekly show, ‘The Insiders’ this week. Both agreed that if the proposal were included in Gov. Evers upcoming state budget, it could pass. Chvala seems quite confident that medical...

New Marquette Law school Poll finds 59% support for cannabis legalization in Wisconsin

January 24, 2019 - A new Marquette Law School poll released today finds 59% answering yes to the question, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?” 35% said no. In the previous poll, released August 22, 2018, 61% said marijuana should be fully legalized and regulated like alcohol with 36% opposed. The same question asked in the poll released in July 2016, which found 59% support. and 39%...

Timeline: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Marijuana

January 23, 2019 - UPDATED: 02/21/2019 8:55:59 PM As we did with former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Cannabadger has assembled the following comprehensive timeline of comments made about cannabis by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), beginning Monday, April 13, 2015, with the most recent addition to the timeline on top. The timeline currently includes eleven statements, two of which are video,...

Gov. Tony Evers to present first State of the State address Tuesday January 22

January 19, 2019 - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will be delivering his very first State of the State (SOTS) Address at 7:00 pm on Tuesday January 22 in the Assembly chambers at the Capitol in Madison. I’ve been to a lot of these events over the years dating back to the Tommy Thompson years. This year, it’s expected that Evers will share details of his plans to include what he called the “first step toward legalizing...

Republican legislative gerrymandering may blunt Wisconsin voters support of cannabis legalization

November 27, 2018 - In less than six weeks, on Jan. 7, 2019, Gov. Scott Walker will leave office and Gov.-elect Tony Evers will be sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor, Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, other state elected officials and lawmakers will be sworn in as well as the new legislative session begins. I have been analyzing results from the Nov. 6 elections, and despite all 18 city and county cannabis...

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