2016 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...

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...

NORML rates all U.S. governors on pot and Scott Walker gets a ‘D’

October 28, 2016 - With elections just a little over a week away, the good folks at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) just released their first-ever “US Governors Scorecard.” NORML has assigned a letter grade ‘A’ through ‘F’ to every state governor based upon his or her comments and voting records specific to matters of marijuana policy. Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, who is not up...

Wisconsin PAC supports cannabis-friendly candidates

October 22, 2016 - As noted in my last post, “Why Wisconsin can’t vote to legalize cannabis,” passing cannabis law reform legislation has been extremely difficult with little real progress over decades of legislating. The state constitution does not include the Initiative process, closing off the route numerous states have already taken and more are taking this November to pass medical and adult use initiatives. A...

Why Wisconsin can’t vote to legalize cannabis

October 12, 2016 - This November citizens in nine states will be voting to legalize medical cannabis or adult use. Wisconsin will not be among them. As of June 2016, 25 states and Washington D.C. currently have some form of medical cannabis law and 4 plus Washington D.C. have legalized adult use. I recently read an article in Motley Fool that listed Wisconsin among 14 states that would likely be the last of the...