marijuana decriminalization

Wisconsin cannabis possession arrests surged 5% from 2016 to 2017

July 3, 2018 - New data from 2017 from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) reveals that arrests for possession of marijuana in Wisconsin increased from 16,245 to 17,022 from 2016 to 2017, an increase of 5%. From 2015 to 2016, pot arrests had gone up almost 9%, from 14,930 to 16,245. Together those increases represent a 14% increase in state pot arrests from 2015 to 2017. Arrests for sales of cannabis also...

Cannabis legalization advisory referendum update: Rock County approves, other counties moving forward

June 29, 2018 - On Thursday, June 28, the Rock County Board voted 14-12 to place a cannabis legalization advisory referendum on Nov. 6 Rock County general election ballots. The Rock County question will read: "Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare and infrastructure?" On Monday, June 18, 2018, the St. Croix...

Cannabis related bills that failed to pass in the Wisconsin 2017-2018 legislative session

April 4, 2018 - As a longtime Wisconsin cannabis activist, I've felt the excitement of the potential of many a new legislative session and mourned the missed potential when lawmakers failed to act when the sessions drew to a close. And that is where Wisconsin is at now at the close of the 2017-2018 legislative session. While few could have predicted GOP lawmakers' embrace of industrial hemp this session after so...

Marijuana decriminalization supporter and former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette dies

March 16, 2018 - Former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette, who was the first sitting Wisconsin Attorney General to endorse cannabis decriminalization, has died at age 82. Source: 1978 Wisconsin Blue Book La Follette, the grandson of Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette, Sr., was first elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 1964, serving two two-year terms, then was elected again in 1974, serving...

Wisconsin Republican who sponsored decriminalization bill not seeking reelection

March 1, 2018 - Wisconsin State Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) a conservative Republican who sponsored bipartisan statewide cannabis decriminalization legislation in 2017, announced in a statement today he would not seek re-election to his state assembly seat this November.https://drydenwire.com/news/jarchow-says-politicians-are-like-diapers-de... In January, Jarchow lost a special Senate election for...

With hemp bill passed, where do other cannabis bills stand?

November 15, 2017 - With hemp bill passed, where do other cannabis bills stand? November 15, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit While state lawmakers finally came together and unanimously voted in both houses the same week to pass SB119, the industrial hemp bill, now awaiting the signature of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the prognosis for passage of other cannabis-related legislation this session appears dim....

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...

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