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With hemp bill passed, where do other cannabis bills stand?

November 15, 2017 - With hemp bill passed, where do other cannabis bills stand? November 15, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit While state lawmakers finally came together and unanimously voted in both houses the same week to pass SB119, the industrial hemp bill, now awaiting the signature of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the prognosis for passage of other cannabis-related legislation this session appears dim....

Letter to the Editor: Kitchens Wrong on Pot Legalization

November 3, 2017 - Legalization, Medical, Politics Letter to the Editor: Kitchens Wrong on Pot Legalization November 3, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit An October 27 article in the Door County Pulse by Jim Lundstrom, “Kitchens Listens: Manure, Marijuana and Mining,” discussed a listening session Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) held at Algoma’s City Hall Oct. 16. An attendee asked Kitchens about AB482, the...

Wisconsin anti-cannabis zealot Leah Vukmir announces US Senate run

September 7, 2017 - UPDATED: News reports indicate State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) has announced plans to run for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in 2018. As a longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient-advocate, I've closely followed the career of Sen. Vukmir, who has made a name for herself as Wisconsin's leading elected cannabis opponent. At the 2009 combined health...

Wisconsin state senator invested in controversial Canadian cannabis company

August 14, 2017 - Wisconsin state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) bought $5,000 to $50,000 in the stock of Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. in 2016. The Appleton Post-Crescent/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, reports that a review of public disclosures found that Wisconsin state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) bought $5,000 to $50,000 in the stock of Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. in 2016, “Wisconsin senator invests in...

70% of Wisconsin State Senators sponsor cannabis-related bills in 2017

May 17, 2017 - Updated 2017-05-30 5:46:39 PM So far in the 2017-2018 session, 24 of 33 Wisconsin state senators have sponsored or cosponsored at least one cannabis-related bill. Of the 9 senators who have not signed on to any cannabis-related legislation, all are Republicans, who hold the majority with 20 seats. Up until May 30, the group included one Democrat, 90-year old Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison). Although...

Cannabadger two year anniversary March 20

March 20, 2017 - Today marks Cannabadger's second anniversary! It was on March 20, 2015 that I launched Cannabadger.com with the publication of the first post, "Dane County Wisconsin looking at $10 fines for pot possession." Two years later, Cannabadger has published 165 posts covering a wide variety of topics at the intersection of Wisconsin and Cannabis. To see the list of all posts published, click the "CONTENTS...

State NORML chapters planning March 1 Capitol Lobby Day

February 25, 2017 - With only 28 days in February, Wisconsin NORML’s Capitol Lobby Day on Wed. March 1, 2017 is coming up fast! Current cannabis-related legislation includes Senate Bill 38/Assembly Bill 75: The Compassionate Cannabis Care Act, and Senate Joint Resolution 10/Assembly Joint Resolution 7, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Referendum, both sponsored by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor...

GOP Leaders Split Over Medical Pot

January 4, 2017 - The Associated Press reports Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday, the first day of the 2017-2018 legislative session, that he was open to the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana. “For me – and I can only speak for myself, I cannot speak for anyone else in our caucus because we haven’t done that. But if you get a prescription to use an opiate or you get a prescription to use...

NORML rates all U.S. governors on pot and Scott Walker gets a ‘D’

October 28, 2016 - With elections just a little over a week away, the good folks at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) just released their first-ever “US Governors Scorecard.” NORML has assigned a letter grade ‘A’ through ‘F’ to every state governor based upon his or her comments and voting records specific to matters of marijuana policy. Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, who is not up...

Racine Rep Cory Mason out of touch on cannabis

September 30, 2016 - In late May, I got in a discussion about cannabis legalization in Wisconsin with State Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) in a thread on his Facebook page. Despite not sponsoring any pot-related legislation during his ten years in office, it still seemed possible he might be more open to reform representing an urban district that includes the city of Racine. State crime stats show the numbers of arrests...

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