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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...

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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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UPDATED: Cannabis comes up twice in first debate between Scott Walker and Tony Evers

October 20, 2018 - UPDATED: 10/22/2018: On Friday, October 19, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers met for their first gubernatorial election debate. The subject of legalizing cannabis was raised twice, first surprisingly by Walker himself, later as a question from, one of the panel of moderators that quizzed the two candidates. The Cannabadger Guide to the 2018...

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Wisconsin Justice Institute launches Vote Cannabis 2018 website

September 18, 2018 - 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/) The Wisconsin Justice Institute created Vote Cannabis 2018 to serve as a hub for...

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Fond du Lac County Public safety committee gives new life to cannabis advisory referendum

September 5, 2018 - 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...

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Portage County approves cannabis advisory referendum on 22-1 vote

August 16, 2018 - UPDATED: 08/17/2018 10:46:27 PM BREAKING NEWS: Clark County becomes the ninth Wisconsin county to approve a medical cannabis advisory referendum and the 20th overall to consider it. The board unanimously approved the referendum at their Thursday, Aug. 16 meeting. The referendum will ask voters: "Should the State of Wisconsin legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and regulate its use in...

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Portage and Forest County Committees Advance Referendums To Full Board

August 6, 2018 - Two more Wisconsin county board committees advanced medical cannabis advisory referendum proposals to the full board in votes Monday. The first to do so was the Portage County Board's Health & Human Services Committee which voted unanimously to send the county's advisory referendum proposal to the full county board for a vote on Thursday, August 16. The board meets at 5:00pm in the County Board...

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Southeastern Wisconsin NORML releases survey of Dem gubernatorial candidate's cannabis positions

April 20, 2018 - Just in time for 4/20, Southeastern Wisconsin NORML has released the results of a 12 question survey on cannabis that was sent to each of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates seeking the nomination in the August primary election. Six candidates responded from the large field of Democrats running: former Wisconsin Democracy Campaign head Mike McCabe, former Democratic Party chair Matt Flynn, radio...

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Cannabis related bills that failed to pass in the Wisconsin 2017-2018 legislative session

April 4, 2018 - As a longtime Wisconsin cannabis activist, I've felt the excitement of the potential of many a new legislative session and mourned the missed potential when lawmakers failed to act when the sessions drew to a close. And that is where Wisconsin is at now at the close of the 2017-2018 legislative session. While few could have predicted GOP lawmakers' embrace of industrial hemp this session after so...

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Federal Opioid Commission member to give talks against medical marijuana in La Crosse Monday

March 24, 2018 - The La Crosse Tribune is reporting that Bertha Madras, one of six members of President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, is scheduled to give two presentations in La Crosse on Monday March 26. Unfortunately the talks will not be about new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis like legalizing medical marijuana. While research from states that have legalized...

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