local marijuana ordinances

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...

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...

Tomah Cannabis Committee disbanded by 4-2 vote: Referendum next?

February 2, 2017 - Tomah alder Chris King reports that Tomah’s Ad Hoc Cannabis committee, established in Summer 2016 to study the city’s cannabis decriminalization ordinance, has voted to disband. Alder King posted the following on Facebook: “WE ARE FORCED TO EXPLORE THE DIRECT LEGISLATION/REFERENDUM OPTION TO DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS IN THE CITY OF TOMAH. The Ad Hoc Cannabis committee has voted to end the committee...

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....

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...

40 years ago Madison voted to legalize cannabis like alcohol or tobacco

November 6, 2016 - On Nov. 8, voters in nine states will have the opportunity to vote on expanding legal access to cannabis. 25 states and Washington D.C. currently have some kind of medical cannabis law. Five of those states: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, could join Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington D.C. in legalizing so-called recreational use. If all five pass, 23% of...

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...

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