Monona Alder apologized for bullying during PSC pot vote

After the Monona Public Safety Commission (PSC) changed course at its Feb. 24 meeting and indefinitely tabled a proposal to reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis in the city, advocates from Madison NORML filed open records requests.

Cannabadger has been examining documents released by the city from these requests and found much that will be of interest to our readers. This post is the first of a series.

For example, an email from the first dump of documents revealed Monona Alder/City Council President/PSC member Kathy Thomas sent an early morning email to City Council and PSC colleague Brian Holmquist, apologizing “for being such a bully last night,” regarding her behavior during the commission’s debate over reducing penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis the previous evening.

The proposal went down in a 5-4 vote with both voting against. Holmquist cast the deciding vote and had previously been very helpful in assisting a constituent in getting the proposal before the PSC, which in Monona is a prerequisite to having the City Council debate the issue.

Thomas did not attend the Jan. 27 PSC meeting at which the tone was much different. There were no appearances against, cordial discussion and many indications that a fine reduction would be forwarded to the council after commissioners made their final decisions on the amendment language at the next meeting Feb. 24 . Instead, it all went down in an explosion of cannabigotry.

Here’s the email:

Email from Kathy Thomas apologizing for bullying a fellow PSC and council member during a vote on a proposal to lower local cannabis penalties. (Cannabadger.com)
Email from Kathy Thomas apologizing for bullying a fellow PSC and council member during a vote on a proposal to lower local cannabis penalties. (Cannabadger.com)

Stay tuned – there is lots more to come!

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2 thoughts on “Monona Alder apologized for bullying during PSC pot vote”

  1. Thanks for filling us in on the details. Truly sad how a public meeting can be so disrupted by people blinded by their own cannabigotry!

  2. As one of two Madison NORML members present, this is my “2cents”. During the first person’s “speech”, me and Nate could only turn and look at each other in amazement! Wondering if we were in the right place, but sadly we weren’t dreaming. Then after the next person spoke, it was very apparent what the out come was going to be……..Only one other person spoke in ” support of” besides Nate. To the 5 or 6 that spoke against. The PSC chair, had no control of people speaking. He was trying to get this one guy to stop his “SPEECH” (his life story), as it had already gone 15+ minutes! He gave the story of one day walking buy a car parked on the street and that he could smell Marijuana coming from it, and that he didn’t want that in his city. It took three interruptions, before the guy stopped!. We were surrounded on both sides by those “against”,they went up front to speak. Nate choose to speak from his seat!
    Also other PSC, members said this didn’t effect Monona because of the 43 cases from 2014 for Cannabis possession, all were on traffic stops (revenue),and that it benefits the city to keep the fine high!
    Kathy Thomas kind of took over the meeting/ vote, right from the beginning. She was all over Brian Holmquist, he was just trying to ask that it be treated like Alcohol, He in turn couldn’t get a proper answer from the Police on how they enforce the citation for Alcohol on juvenile’s. So, Thomas kept badgering Holmquist, and telling him the Cannabis/ Marijuana wasn’t “LEGAL”. Therefore no not allowed to be regulated like something LEGAL. Also that there was no”worry” of a criminal record/ citation, as it was only an “ordinance violation”. She was hung up on the word, “DECRIMINALIZATION”……………
    So what should we call it ?

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