History

Cannabadger 2018 Top Ten Wisconsin Cannabis Stories

December 30, 2018 - 2018 was an amazing year for moving Wisconsin closer to cannabis legalization. Never before has the state seen the level of support for legalization of cannabis for both medical and adult use as 2018. Not only did the Marquette Law School Poll find their highest level of support for legalizing cannabis like alcohol with 61% saying they approve, an unprecedented 16 counties and 2 cities placed...

Business

Survey: Wisconsin Bankers Say Not Yet Ready To Provide Loans To Wisconsin Hemp Industry

December 26, 2018 - A survey of 95 Wisconsin bank CEOs and presidents by the state’s largest financial industry trade association, the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA), has found low confidence for funding investments in Wisconsin’s new hemp industry at this time, according to a release from the group. 83% of the respondents said “no,” with only 17% saying “yes” to the two questions asked in the survey:. The...

Medical

Senator Patrick Testin appointed chair of Wisconsin Senate Health Committee

December 17, 2018 - Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced state senate committee chairmanships for the upcoming 2019-2020 legislative session. In a move that could be a game-changer, Fitzgerald appointed Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) to chair the Senate Health Committee, a position long held by Sen. Leah Vukmir, who gave up her state senate seat in a losing bid for the U....

Medical

Looking back at Wisconsin 2009 joint committee hearing on medical cannabis

December 15, 2018 - In Nov. 2008, Democrats swept into power in Wisconsin, gaining control of both houses of the state legislature with incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle already holding down the executive branch. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) were the sponsors of Assembly Bill 554/Senate Bill 368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA). With Democrats chairing both health committees...

Legalization

Wisconsinites say regulate cannabis like alcohol – Here’s what that should mean

December 4, 2018 - The most recent Marquette Law School poll from Aug. 2018 found that 61% of Wisconsinites want to see cannabis regulated like alcohol. Both Dane and Rock county’s Nov. 6 cannabis advisory referendums asked voters if cannabis should be regulated like alcohol. Combined more than a quarter of million voters (268,257) in Dane and Rock counties agreed, with 69% in favor in Rock County and 76% in Dane....

Politics

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...

Elections

Wisconsin Cannabis Advisory Referendums pass easily, Evers, Kaul win narrowly

November 7, 2018 - As I predicted here, here, here, here and here, all 18 Wisconsin cannabis advisory referendums passed easily in Wisconsin’s Nov. 6 general election. The referendums got over a million votes Tuesday, sending a clear message to state officials that Wisconsin has had enough of cannabis prohibition. Tony Evers also defeated Gov. Scott Walker in a close election that was finally called after 1am. As of...

Elections

Wisconsin prepares to vote in state’s most important cannabis-related election

November 4, 2018 - The statewide elections being held Tuesday, Nov. 6 represent Wisconsin’s most important cannabis-related election ever. Not only are cannabis advisory referendums on the ballot in 16 counties and two cities, but there are numerous candidates supporting cannabis legalization up and down the ticket, starting with candidates for governor, attorney general. U.S. senate and other statewide offices all...

Elections

Gary Storck: Capital Times: Voters should pass pot referendums, defeat candidates who oppose legalization

October 27, 2018 - Here is a letter to the editor I wrote that was published Saturday, October 27, 2018 by Madison’s Capital Times. Letter to the editor by Gary Storck as published by the Capital Times on Sat. Oct. 27, 2018. Gary Storck: Capital Times: Voters should pass pot referendums, defeat candidates who oppose legalization Dear Editor: When I first stumbled upon cannabis as a means to save my sight from the...

Elections

Letter To The Editor: Pot referendums aren’t a liberal ploy

October 22, 2018 - On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the Wisconsin State Journal published a letter to the editor I wrote in response to comments by cannabis advisory referendum opponents in a recent State Journal article. article . The letter was also published online by the State Journal on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. RELATED: The Cannabadger Guide to the 2018 Wisconsin County Cannabis Advisory Referendums Letter to the...

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