AB 228 CBD bill hearing Wed. June 3
The Assembly Committee on Children and Families will hold a public hearing on AB 228, the bill to repair last sessions CBD law (2013 Wisconsin Act 267), on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 1:01 pm in 415 Northwest at the Capitol. AB 228 would eliminate the requirement that people have a prescription for cannabidiol (CBD) oil in order to use it.
The committee will hear three bills, of which AB 228 is third. The lead sponsors of AB 228 are Senator Van Wanggaard and Rep. Scott Krug. Rep. Jessie Rodriguez chairs the committee. A number of AB228 sponsors also sit on the committee, Reps. E. Brooks, Brandtjen, Kahl and Subeck.
The State Government Accountability Board’s “Eye On Lobbying” online tracking service reports two groups registered as lobbying on AB 228 as of 5/28/2015. The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians has registered as “Undisclosed” and the Wisconsin Medical Society (SMS) is registered as “Against” AB 228. The SMS endorsed the original proposal passed into law last year.
Assembly Decriminalization bill gets bill number and committee
Rep. Mandela Barnes decriminalization bill Senate Bill 167 has finally cleared the Assembly Speaker’s office and will be Assembly Bill 246 in the lower house. AB 246 was originally known as LRB-1353. AB 246 has been assigned to the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, the same committee as Rep. Melissa Sargent’s AB 224. The chair is Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and the vice-chair is Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum).
Public Policy Forum Report confirms Milwaukee racial disparities for second or subsequent pot offense
A new report by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) was presented to the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee Thursday May 28. The report found that in 2013 and 2014, 86 % of those found guilty in Milwaukee County of a second or subsequent marijuana offense were African American. The second state conviction is a felony. Milwaukee’s cannabis ordinance governs only first-time possession citations. While African-Americans make up approximately 26% of Milwaukee County’s population, they account for 86% of those convicted of a second or subsequent marijuana possession. The report says if the goal is to eliminate racial disparities and barriers to employment, “we have found that the treatment of second and subsequent violations for small-scale marijuana possession should perhaps be a bigger concern than the treatment of first offenses.”
The Common Council is expected to again consider Kovac’s proposal when it meets Tuesday.
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.
6th Annual Hemp History Week: June 1-7
The 6th Annual Hemp History Week runs the first week of June in 2015. In honor of Hemp History Week, Cannabadger.com will be publishing an article on Monday June 1 about hemp cultivation in Wisconsin touching on its earliest days of cultivation through the boom and bust years to today, with bipartisan hemp legislation again before state lawmakers.