direct legislation

Milwaukee County Board committee OKs pot legalization referendum proposal; sends to full board for vote

May 10, 2018 - The Milwaukee County Board's Judiciary committee this morning voted 5-0 to send a proposal by 16th District Supervisor John Weishan Jr. to put a cannabis legalization advisory referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. The proposal next goes to the full County Board at its May 24 meeting, where if approved, would place the non-binding referendum before Milwaukee County voters in this fall's general election....

Oshkosh City Council gets pot petition tonight, city attorney says reject it

November 28, 2017 - While the Oshkosh city clerk has completed reviewing petitions collected to reduce cannabis fines to $25 in the city of Oshkosh and ruled petitioners exceeded the total needed under state law, the Oshkosh city attorney is contending the petitions seek to repeal or amend the existing ordinance which they claim is not permitted under state law. The city council has the petition on the agenda for...

Decriminalize Oshkosh approaching finish line on signature campaign

October 29, 2017 - Activists with Decriminalize Oshkosh have exceeded the number of signatures needed for their direct legislation campaign to reduce local cannabis possession fines as the end of the 60-day effort approaches. Earlier today, Cannabadger reached out to Mark Kelderman, who has been spearheading both this campaign and the earlier one in which the city attorney rejected signed petitions over their format...

Racine clerk finds cannabis petition signature total 124 short in second review

August 31, 2017 - Updated: 09/04/2017 2:01:20 PM (Update at bottom of post) Cannabadger just received a copy of the new review by the Racine City Clerk's office of submitted signatures from the Racine Greens to reduce cannabis fines in the city to $1. The original insufficiency filed Aug. 14 by the clerk's office found the petitions were 195 signature short of the 3,767 required under Wisconsin Statute 9.20 to...

Racine Greens reject clerk's finding cannabis campaign short on signatures

August 28, 2017 - Cannabadger has learned the Racine City Clerk's office ruled Aug. 14 that the Racine Greens were short 195 signatures on the petitions filed August 1 by the group. After a 60-day campaign to gather signatures, Racine Greens submitted 5218 signatures on August 1 to put the question of reducing local cannabis possession fines to $1 before city voters, per the state direct legislation law, Wisconsin...

Racine Greens get signatures to put pot decriminalization on ballot

July 5, 2017 - On Day 32 of their 60-day direct legislation campaign to decriminalize pot in the city, Racine Greens have collected the 3870 or so signatures needed to place the issue before voters. Racine Green Party co-chairs Fabi Maldonado and Sondra Plunkett and Eric Marsch director of SE WI NORML broke the news on July 4 on Facebook. They still intend to collect as many more signatures as possible in the...

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...

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...

Monona City Council tables $1 pot fine ordinance to March

February 21, 2017 - On Monday Feb. 20 the Monona city council listened to public testimony and debated the proposal to amend the city’s cannabis possession ordinance and adopt a $1 fine plus costs for those over 21 found in possession. Madison NORML’s Nate Petreman reports a strong turnout from supporters, with only one opponent speaking against and another registering against, compared to five speaking in favor and...

Monona City Council takes the torch from PSC as pot debate rolls on

February 15, 2017 - On Monday Feb. 20 the Monona city council listened to public testimony and debated the proposal to amend the city’s cannabis possession ordinance and adopt a $1 fine plus costs for those over 21 found in possession. Madison NORML’s Nate Petreman reports a strong turnout from supporters, with only one opponent speaking against and another registering against, compared to five speaking in favor and...

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