Attorney General Brad Schimel

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...

Wisconsin County Cannabis Legalization Advisory Referendums moving forward across state

June 22, 2018 - On Thursday June 21, county board executive committees in Dane and La Crosse counties advanced measures that would place cannabis legalization advisory measures on county ballots Nov. 6. In Dane County, the cannabis advisory referendum resolution introduced by 6th District Supervisor Yogesh Chawla passed out of the Executive committee on a unanimous 5-0 vote. The next stop is the full Dane County...

WI DOJ backs down on hemp CBD ban after meeting bill authors, Farm Bureau

May 13, 2018 - An emotional rollercoaster for stakeholders than began with the release by DATCP of a Wisconsin DOJ guidance stating newly licensed hemp growers and processors could not produce CBD and that such products sold by retailers were illegal ended with a reversal by the Attorney General's office. Wisconsin DOJ officials met May 9 with the farm bureau, the hemp bill's authors, Sen. Patrick Testin and Rep....

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...

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...

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 replace...

Decriminalization article exposes backward mindsets on Wisconsin pot law reforms

September 2, 2015 - The Stevens Point Journal published a nice look at local efforts to decriminalize cannabis possession after the city council recently reduced pot fines, “Marijuana decriminalization spreads across WI.” It was then picked up by the Associated Press (AP) and is now reappearing in abbreviated form in various media outlets including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The original version is a good...