Sen. Jon Erpenbach

47 years as a medical cannabis patient Oct. 3

October 3, 2019 - Today, Wednesday, October 3, 2019 is a special date for me, marking the 47th "cannaversary" of the first time I smoked cannabis before visiting my ophthalmologist for a glaucoma checkup and discovering cannabis had the potential to save my sight from a lifetime of glaucoma. October 3, 1972 was a pleasant early fall day. The weather history says the high for the day was 63 with southerly winds...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Motion to pull medical cannabis bill to Assembly floor fails 34-59 in party line vote

February 22, 2018 - During what is possibly the state assembly’s final session before adjourning for the year, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) made a motion around 7:25pm Thursday night to suspend the rules and bring AB75, the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act, to the floor for a vote. Rep. Taylor is the bill’s assembly lead sponsor with Sen. Jon Erpenbach the lead senate sponsor. The motion was defeated by a party line...

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...

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....

Oct. 30 New Date For Milwaukee Statewide Medical Cannabis Tour Stop

October 23, 2017 - After stops in LaCrosse on Oct. 17 and Wausau and Green Bay on Oct. 18, the statewide medical cannabis tour by Rep. Chris Taylor and Sen. Jon Erpenbach will make it's next stop Monday, Oct. 30 in the Milwaukee area at the McCarty Park Pavilion 2567 S. 79 St., West Allis, WI 53219. The news comes in a revised press release from Rep. Taylor and Sen. Erpenbach notes the location and date change to...

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