cannabis legalization

State fiscal estimates reveal potential annual tax revenues from cannabis legalization exceeding $165 million

June 14, 2019 - The Wisconsin Department of Administration's Division of Executive Budget and Finance has released new fiscal estimates showing that if AB220, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) is enacted, there will be an annual increase in state revenues exceeding $165 million. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/related/fe/ab220/ab220_DOR.pdf The department obtained the figures using data from the...

Illinois House passes cannabis legalization bill, sends it to Gov. Pritzker for signing.

May 31, 2019 - The Illinois House voted 66-47 after more than three hours of debate today to approve legalizing adult use cannabis. The Illinois Senate on Wednesday cleared the measure. And Gov. J. B. Pritzker says he will sign it. Here's a report from the Chicago Sun-Times: https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/5/31/18647398/high-time-legal... I listened to much of the debate in the House leading up to the...

Cannabis advisory referendum trounced Scott Fitzgerald in Dane County wards 62-38% in Nov. 2018 election

April 20, 2019 - Cannabadger recently took a look at the in the 13 wards where Senate GOP Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's senate district and a portion of eastern Dane County overlap and found that yes votes on Dane County's marijuana advisory referendum exceeded votes for Fitzgerald by a nearly 62/38% margin in those wards. The 13 wards offer a glimpse of how the vote would likely have gone had the...

New Marquette Law School Poll finds 59% of Wisconsin voters favor cannabis legalization

April 10, 2019 - A new Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday, April 10, found 59% of Wisconsin voters say marijuana use should be legal, with 36% saying it should not. 83% say medical cannabis with a doctor’s prescription should be legal, with only 12% saying no. A previous Marquette Law School poll released January 24, 2019, found 59% said yes when asked, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made...

Major state media outlets focus on Wisconsin medical cannabis patients and hopes for passage

April 9, 2019 - On Sunday April 7, two long articles about medical cannabis legalization in Wisconsin were published, the first in the Wisconsin State Journal, the second a project of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ) that appeared in media all over the state starting including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WisconsinWatch.org, Wisconsin Law Journal, US News & World Report, Channel3000,...

Cannabis advisory referendum split in Wood County, Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor approve both

April 2, 2019 - UPDATED: 04/03/2019: 8:14:29 PM: The votes are in for Wisconsin’s Spring 2019 election and, 5 of 6 advisory referendums were approved. Voters in Wood County split, passing medical but rejecting adult use, while the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County village of Egg Harbor said yes to legalizing both medical cannabis and adult use cannabis. Wood County: Wood County voters overwhelmingly passing...

Wisconsin County, City and Village to hold Cannabis Advisory referendums April 2

March 28, 2019 - In addition to a statewide Wisconsin Supreme Court election, and assorted city and county elections, three Wisconsin localities will find cannabis advisory referendums on their ballots in the upcoming Spring 2019 election on April 2; Wood County, the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County village of Egg Harbor. Wood County supervisors approved two referendum questions in a 10-7 vote on Jan. 15....

Cannabadger launched 4 years ago today!

March 15, 2019 - Today, Friday, March 15, 2019, marks the 4th anniversary of the launch of Cannabadger.com, covering the intersection of Wisconsin and Cannabis. Over those four years, Cannabadger has posted over 300 articles chronicling efforts to roll back cannabis prohibition in Wisconsin. And we’ve had over 1.3 million visitors and over 3.6 million visits to date, according to Google Analytics, with about a third...

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says medical marijuana still on table, equates decrim as legalization

March 10, 2019 - Appearing on WISN’s UpFront on Sunday, March 10, 2019, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he supported medical cannabis and that “We are going to potentially see something hopefully later in the year.” Responding further he agreed when asked if he still wants medical marijuana if it’s not in the budget, saying that for five years he’s “talked about it about it a very limited way to do it Vos...

Reaction To Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' Cannabis Proposals

February 19, 2019 - On Monday, February 18, 2019, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers held a press conference in the State Capitol rotunda in Madison to announce his proposals to include medical cannabis, statewide cannabis decriminalization and other cannabis law reforms in his upcoming state budget. Among those also in attendance and speaking were Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), who have...

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