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Senator Patrick Testin appointed chair of Wisconsin Senate Health Committee

December 17, 2018 - Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced state senate committee chairmanships for the upcoming 2019-2020 legislative session. In a move that could be a game-changer, Fitzgerald appointed Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) to chair the Senate Health Committee, a position long held by Sen. Leah Vukmir, who gave up her state senate seat in a losing bid for the U....

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Looking back at Wisconsin 2009 joint committee hearing on medical cannabis

December 15, 2018 - In Nov. 2008, Democrats swept into power in Wisconsin, gaining control of both houses of the state legislature with incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle already holding down the executive branch. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) were the sponsors of Assembly Bill 554/Senate Bill 368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA). With Democrats chairing both health committees...

Breaking News

Former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager dies, supported medical cannabis

March 31, 2018 - Sad news today with Wisconsin media reporting the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager from cancer at age 62 early Saturday surrounded by family at her home in Fond du Lac. Former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager talks with Jacki Rickert at the March 29, 2004 St. Patrick's day with Frank Boyle fundraiser in Madison. On March 29, 2004, Lautenschlager was among...

History

Isthmus: Gary Storck: Memoriam: Jacki Rickert

January 12, 2018 - Below is an image of the print edition of an article I write for the Isthmus memorializing the late Wisconsin medical cannabis icon Jacki Rickert, “In memoriam: Jacki Rickert: Medical cannabis pioneer helped build movement in Wisconsin and beyond.” Thanks to Congressman Mark Pocan for the great quote about Jacki and to the Isthmus for carrying this story:

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Remembering Wisconsin medical cannabis advocate Jacki Rickert 1951-2017

December 28, 2017 - The medical cannabis community in Wisconsin and beyond, along with family and friends, is grieving with the news that Wisconsin medical cannabis pioneer and warrior Jacki Rickert passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 26 at UW Hospital in Madison after a long illness. Jacki in New Brunswick, New Jersey in October 2000 for a protest at Al Gore’s campaign office protesting his flip against...

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Sept. 11-18 marks 20th anniversary of 1997 Wisconsin Journey For Justice

September 12, 2017 - The 1997 Wisconsin Journey for Justice was a pivotal event in medical cannabis advocacy both for Wisconsin and myself personally. Sept. 11-18, 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the week Wisconsin medical cannabis pioneer Jacki Rickert, joined by 15 medical cannabis patients along with supporters, departed her home in Mondovi to undertake a week long wheelchair Journey for Justice ending at the...

Politics

Wisconsin anti-cannabis zealot Leah Vukmir announces US Senate run

September 7, 2017 - UPDATED: News reports indicate State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) has announced plans to run for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in 2018. As a longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient-advocate, I've closely followed the career of Sen. Vukmir, who has made a name for herself as Wisconsin's leading elected cannabis opponent. At the 2009 combined health...

History

Father of medical marijuana Robert Randall testified at 1979 Wisconsin hearing

July 31, 2017 - 38 years ago today as of this writing, on July 31, 1979, the first federal medical marijuana patient, Robert Randall came to Madison to testify at a hearing for a medical cannabis bill, 1979 AB279. 1979 Assembly Bill 279 was an early Wisconsin medical cannabis bill. I took the Badger Bus up from Milwaukee where I was living at the time to attend the hearing in the Capitol’s North Hearing Room and...

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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...