CBD

Wanggaard expects CBD bill passage before March

January 19, 2017 - Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) who authored CBD legislation last session that was blocked by fellow Republicans, is currently circulating his latest version of the legislation, LRB-0854/1. 2013 Wisconsin Act 267, regarding CBD oil for childhood seizures,  was passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in 2014, but the wording was problematic for families seeking to use...

Legalization

Capital Times: Gary Storck: 'Dr.' Scott Walker needs update on cannabis

January 15, 2017 - The Capital Times published this letter to the editor I wrote Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017: Dear Editor: Gov. Scott Walker indicated in a recent interview that he believes the only medical use from the cannabis plant is limited to just one cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), and only for use for childhood seizure disorders that don’t respond to conventional treatments. Medical marijuana isn’t needed...

Medical

Wisconsin Democrats bill would put medical pot advisory referendum on ballot

January 14, 2017 - Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) are rolling out two medical-cannabis bills, an updated version of the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act the two have long championed and a second bill to authorize placing a statewide medical cannabis advisory referendum before state voters. Rep. Taylor announced the new legislation on Facebook on Jan. 12: Earlier today, Sen. Jon...

Legalization

Walker not interested in legalization says neither are most lawmakers

January 8, 2017 - With the start of the new legislative session, there has been a flood of articles about cannabis and Wisconsin. Among them I discovered a real nugget in a story from the Wisconsin Radio Network (WRN) January 6, by Andrew Beckett, “Governor Scott Walker open to improving access to CBD oil,” discussing the proposal being sponsored again by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). Incidentally, Wanggaard was...

Politics

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...

History

2016 Cannabadger Wisconsin Year in Cannabis Review

December 14, 2016 - 2016 marked another difficult year for cannabis legalization in Wisconsin. With all branches of state government under the control of Republicans who have shown little interest in cannabis for six years and counting, progress at the state level was again stymied. With any forward progress impossible at the state level, cannabis activists once again concentrated on local efforts, with mixed...

Legalization

Wisconsin missing the boat when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medical use

November 24, 2016 - A recent report by Fox6news Milwaukee, “Is Wisconsin missing the boat when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medical use?,” discussed legislation proposed by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and included some comments from Attorney General Brad Schimel which need to be addressed. The report discussed a Milwaukee pain patient “Madeline” who is afraid of prosecution for using cannabis to...

Hemp

Wisconsin GOP Rep Proposes State Take Lead In Hemp Production

November 21, 2016 - In a press release today, Wisconsin State Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), a conservative Republican, proposed “that Wisconsin take the lead and push to become the national leader in hemp production and processing.” Kremer, who notes at the beginning of the release that he is 110% against legalizing recreational marijuana,” was recently reelected to the 59th Assembly District. Kremer’s move...

Elections

Anti-Medical Pot Wisconsin Senator Julie Lassa loses seat

November 9, 2016 - It’s not often I get to write about the defeat of a longtime nemesis of medical cannabis legislation in Wisconsin. State Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), was defeated by Republican Patrick Testin in the Nov. 8 general election by a 52-48% margin. Testin had expressed support for medical cannabis to voters while campaigning. State Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), a longtime nemesis of...

Decriminalization

40 years ago Madison voted to legalize cannabis like alcohol or tobacco

November 6, 2016 - On Nov. 8, voters in nine states will have the opportunity to vote on expanding legal access to cannabis. 25 states and Washington D.C. currently have some kind of medical cannabis law. Five of those states: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, could join Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington D.C. in legalizing so-called recreational use. If all five pass, 23% of...

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