cannabis decriminalization

Wisconsin pot decriminalization bill has support across political spectrum

June 25, 2017 - Wisconsin's historic new bipartisan cannabis decriminalization bill Senate Bill 318 includes a number of sponsors of cannabis law reform legislation not seen before the current legislative session. Not only is the lead Assembly sponsor a Republican, Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), there are five other GOP cosponsors, Kathleen Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), Reps. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) Dale...

West Milwaukee, Middleton and Racine pot petition drive updates

June 23, 2017 - Below are updates on pot fine reduction campaigns Cannabadger has been following in West Milwaukee, Middleton and Racine: West Milwaukee: Eric Marsch of SE WI NORML reports the Village of West Milwaukee clerk advised him the group’s petition for direct legislation to reduce fines for possession of cannabis has been submitted to the Village Council to act on as of June 22. According to Wisconsin...

Exclusive: Racine Greens launch direct legislation campaign for $1 pot fines

June 13, 2017 - Green Party activists in the city of Racine launched a campaign June 2 to collect a minimum 3870 signatures for direct legislation on lowering fines for possession of cannabis to $1. The Racine effort comes just as NORML activists completed a direct legislation campaign in the village of West Milwaukee. Previously, Dane County, Milwaukee, Fitchburg, Stevens Point, Monona and Middleton all reduced pot...

NORML chapters move forward on West Milwaukee and Middleton pot fine reduction efforts

June 9, 2017 - Volunteers with Southeastern Wisconsin NORML collected over 200 signatures in a campaign to reduce local fines for cannabis possession to $5 in the village of West Milwaukee. According to Eric Marsch, director of Southeastern Wisconsin NORML, the group submitted 209 signatures to the West Milwaukee clerk on May 30. 187 signatures are required to place the direct legislation before voters. Marsch said...

History made as bipartisan Wisconsin pot decriminalization bill rolled out

May 31, 2017 - History was made May 30 with a Capitol press conference announcing the introduction of bipartisan statewide decriminalization legislation. The bill, LRB-1507/1, is sponsored by Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), along with Reps. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison). The bill is historical not only in that it is Rep. Jarchow's first time sponsoring...

UPDATED: NORML to urge lower pot fines at May 16 Middleton city council meeting

May 2, 2017 - (NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect a new time & date and change to the city council meeting.) After a lengthy but successful campaign in Monona to reduce local pot penalties, activists from Madison NORML and allies are turning their attention to city of Middleton, just west of Madison. On Tuesday May 16, Middleton's city council is meeting at 7:30pm and supporters of reducing Middleton...

Monona alders meet March 20 to hash out pot ordinance language

March 18, 2017 - The campaign to reduce Monona pot fines to $1 plus costs continues Monday, March 20 at the Monona city council meeting, when alders will be debating then voting on the wording of the amended ordinance. Public support has been critical in moving this issue forward through a long campaign that first started back in 2015. At about the same time, Fitchburg officials quietly lowered their pot fine, the...

Breaking: GOP Rep Jarchow will sponsor pot decrim bill

January 23, 2017 - State Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) announced he is drafting a bipartisan statewide cannabis decriminalization bill on the “State Reppin” radio show on Riverwest Radio hosted by State Reps. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) and David Bowen (D-Milwaukee). You can listen to the full show here. The decriminalization discusses begins a little past the 22:00 mark. This is their Facebook page here....

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...

Racine Rep Cory Mason out of touch on cannabis

September 30, 2016 - In late May, I got in a discussion about cannabis legalization in Wisconsin with State Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) in a thread on his Facebook page. Despite not sponsoring any pot-related legislation during his ten years in office, it still seemed possible he might be more open to reform representing an urban district that includes the city of Racine. State crime stats show the numbers of arrests...

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