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:
Stay tuned – there is lots more to come!