Politics

Cannabis related bills that failed to pass in the Wisconsin 2017-2018 legislative session

April 4, 2018 - As a longtime Wisconsin cannabis activist, I've felt the excitement of the potential of many a new legislative session and mourned the missed potential when lawmakers failed to act when the sessions drew to a close. And that is where Wisconsin is at now at the close of the 2017-2018 legislative session. While few could have predicted GOP lawmakers' embrace of industrial hemp this session after so...

Breaking News

Former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager dies, supported medical cannabis

March 31, 2018 - Sad news today with Wisconsin media reporting the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager from cancer at age 62 early Saturday surrounded by family at her home in Fond du Lac. Former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager talks with Jacki Rickert at the March 29, 2004 St. Patrick's day with Frank Boyle fundraiser in Madison. On March 29, 2004, Lautenschlager was among...

Politics

Federal Opioid Commission member to give talks against medical marijuana in La Crosse Monday

March 24, 2018 - The La Crosse Tribune is reporting that Bertha Madras, one of six members of President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, is scheduled to give two presentations in La Crosse on Monday March 26. Unfortunately the talks will not be about new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis like legalizing medical marijuana. While research from states that have legalized...

History

Marijuana decriminalization supporter and former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette dies

March 16, 2018 - Former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette, who was the first sitting Wisconsin Attorney General to endorse cannabis decriminalization, has died at age 82. Source: 1978 Wisconsin Blue Book La Follette, the grandson of Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette, Sr., was first elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 1964, serving two two-year terms, then was elected again in 1974, serving...

Medical

Could Wisconsin's "Right to Try" bill apply to medical cannabis?

March 13, 2018 - UPDATE: 15:33:16 PM 2018-03-31: On Wednesday, March 27, Gov. Walker signed Senate Bill 84, which was then published as 2017 Wisconsin Act 165. The Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell, writing today in Forbes about federal Republican-backed "Right to Try" legislation, "GOP Leaders' Bill Could Let Patients Use Medical Marijuana", suggests the bill now before Congress, H.R.878, includes certain provisions...

Politics

Four Dem candidates for Wisconsin governor proclaim pro-pot positions on websites

March 10, 2018 - The top nine Democrats vying to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the Tuesday, August 14, 2018 partisan primary, Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Andy Gronik, Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Kelda Roys, Paul Soglin, Kathleen Vinehout, and Dana Wachs have all voiced support for cannabis legalization in during candidate forums around the state. Cannabadger looked all nine top candidate's campaign websites...

Medical

Letter: Gary Storck: WI State Journal: Let people who are in pain try cannabis

March 2, 2018 - Here is my letter to the editor, "Let people who are in pain try cannabis," as published in the print edition of the Wisconsin State Journal on Friday, March 2, 2018. The letter was also published on the State Journal site on Madison.com, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, under the title, "GOP should let people in pain try pot."https://madison.com/wsj/opinion/letters/gop-should-led-people-in-pain-tr......

Decriminalization

Wisconsin Republican who sponsored decriminalization bill not seeking reelection

March 1, 2018 - Wisconsin State Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) a conservative Republican who sponsored bipartisan statewide cannabis decriminalization legislation in 2017, announced in a statement today he would not seek re-election to his state assembly seat this November.https://drydenwire.com/news/jarchow-says-politicians-are-like-diapers-de... In January, Jarchow lost a special Senate election for...

Hemp

Scenes from the Central US Hemp Growers Conference and Expo in Madison

February 27, 2018 - I spent the morning of Feb. 26, 2018 at the 1st Central US Hemp Growers Conference and Expo at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in downtown Madison. https://centralushemp.com/ Doug Fine speaking at 1st Annual Central US Hemp Growers Conference and Expo in Madison WI Doug Fine led off the conference off with an hour of powerful preaching about the American hemp industry and the potential it...

Politics

Motion to pull medical cannabis bill to Assembly floor fails 34-59 in party line vote

February 22, 2018 - During what is possibly the state assembly’s final session before adjourning for the year, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) made a motion around 7:25pm Thursday night to suspend the rules and bring AB75, the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act, to the floor for a vote. Rep. Taylor is the bill’s assembly lead sponsor with Sen. Jon Erpenbach the lead senate sponsor. The motion was defeated by a party line...

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