June 4 in Green Bay: Tribal Marijuana Workshop: Implementation Considerations
Odawi Law PLLC and Harris Moure PLLC are presenting a “Tribal Marijuana Workshop: Implementation Considerations” from 1-6 p.m. June 4, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay 2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313 (920) 494-7300. Indian tribal governments consider legalizing marijuana for medicinal, agricultural, or recreational use. $75.
On Friday, May 8, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Bayfield, Wis. held a tribal advisory referendum to gauge tribal opinions on cannabis. Tribal officials have not publicly released the results.
Mandela Barnes decriminalization bill gets Senate bill number, committee
LRB-1353, the cannabis decriminalization bill sponsored by Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) been formally introduced as Senate Bill 167, but is still awaiting an Assembly bill number. According to the bill history, SB167 was introduced by Senators Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee); cosponsored by 14 Assembly Reps. Barnes, Johnson, Sargent, Goyke, Zamarripa, C. Taylor, Berceau, Pope, Danou, Hesselbein, Brostoff, Ohnstad, Bowen and Sinicki.
SB167 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. The committee chair is Sen. Van Wanggaard, sponsor the bill to fix last session’s CBD law, AB228. Vice chair is the notorious anti-cannabis zealot Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa). Other members are Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison).
Given that GOP-chaired committees are generally cool to cannabis law reform outside of the CBD bill, the likelihood of a public hearing, much less a vote seems questionable.
Rep. Barnes originally announced the bill in a 4/20 (April 20) press conference at the Milwaukee Courthouse.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin cosponsors CARERS Act, votes for veteran access to medical cannabis
On May 13, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin became a cosponsor of federal medical cannabis legislation S.683 – The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2015. The CARERS Act was originally introduced on March 10 by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) with original cosponsors Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Sen. Baldwin is one of 4 senators signing onto the bill on May 13, bringing the overall cosponsor total to 8. Of the senators on the bill, 7 are Democrats and 2 are Republican. To date, no Wisconsin members are cosponsors of H.R.1538, the House version of the CARERS Act of 2015.
On Thursday, May 21, Sen. Baldwin, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, was among a bipartisan majority of 18 voting in favor of an amendment that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money to enforce a current policy that prohibits V.A. doctors from filling out medical marijuana recommendation forms in states where the drug is legal. The vote was 18 for, 12, against.