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...

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...

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...

Politics

UPDATED: Cannabis comes up twice in first debate between Scott Walker and Tony Evers

October 20, 2018 - UPDATED: 10/22/2018: On Friday, October 19, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers met for their first gubernatorial election debate. The subject of legalizing cannabis was raised twice, first surprisingly by Walker himself, later as a question from, one of the panel of moderators that quizzed the two candidates. The Cannabadger Guide to the 2018...

Elections

Michigan will likely vote to legalize cannabis Nov. 6 – What it might mean for Wisconsin

October 10, 2018 - While Wisconsin voters in 16 counties and two cities will cast ballots in cannabis advisory-only referendums Nov. 6, voters in Michigan are expected to approve a proposal to legalize adult use of cannabis in the state the same day. And while passing Wisconsin’s advisory referendums, paired with electing some new faces from governor on down will certainly have an impact on state cannabis laws, so...

The Cannabadger Guide to the 2018 Wisconsin County Cannabis Advisory Referendums

September 26, 2018 - UPDATED: 11/02/2018: The year 2018 has been a historic year for cannabis law reform in Wisconsin. On Nov. 6, sixteen Wisconsin counties and two cities, from the Michigan border to the Illinois border, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River will vote on Wisconsin’s archaic and punitive cannabis laws. While Dane County has twice held county cannabis advisory referendums and Madison and other...

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