Wisconsin Legislature

My First Medical Marijuana Public Hearing 40 Years Ago Today

July 31, 2019 - Forty years ago today, on July 31, 1979, I attended my first public hearing on cannabis at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison. The meeting of the Assembly's Committee on Health and Social Services was held in the North Hearing room. There were two bills on the docket, a cannabis decriminalization bill, AB107, along with a medical cannabis bill, AB 279. A couple years earlier, Andy Kane of Wisconsin...

OPINION: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering is setback to cannabis law reform hopes in Wisconsin

June 27, 2019 - The U.S. Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) 5-4 ruling today in two cases that the court has no role in overseeing gerrymandering in states is a big setback to hopes of passing legislation regulating cannabis in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's current legislative maps were drawn after the 2010 census by law firms hired by majority Republicans to create the strongest majorities possible. Currently, Republicans control...

State fiscal estimates reveal potential annual tax revenues from cannabis legalization exceeding $165 million

June 14, 2019 - The Wisconsin Department of Administration's Division of Executive Budget and Finance has released new fiscal estimates showing that if AB220, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) is enacted, there will be an annual increase in state revenues exceeding $165 million. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/related/fe/ab220/ab220_DOR.pdf The department obtained the figures using data from the...

Cannabadger is back online with a new post: Letter to the Editor: Gary Storck - Fitzgerald is ignoring the will of the majority on medical marijuana

May 31, 2019 - Editor's Note: Due to issues beyond our control, Cannabadger was offline for a stretch over the last few weeks. The last new article until this one was posted April 20. Thanks to the help of a good friend we were able to get back online and are now working to restore all 300+ articles published since our original launch date in March 2015. You will also notice the relaunched Cannabadger.com has a new...

Review of LRB-2457 from a cannabis industry entrepreneur with WI roots

August 8, 2017 - Below towards the bottom of the page you will find the analysis of LRB-2457 from our cannabis industry entrepreneur with WI roots. But before we get to that, I added some thoughts for context to consider before reading the bill review. Most states where cannabis is legal for medical and adult use attained that status through passing legislation via the ballot box not the legislature. Most lawmakers...

Senate CBD bill public hearing set for Jan. 31

January 26, 2017 - Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) has scheduled a public hearing in his Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on his newly introduced CBD Oil bill SB10 for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 12:30pm in Room 411 South at the State Capitol. This is the largest hearing room at the Capitol and the location of last session’s CBD bill Senate hearing in Nov. 2015. A hearing notice should be forthcoming soon from...

Wanggaard CBD bill gets bill number and cosponsors

January 25, 2017 - Sen. Van Wanggaard’s CBD bill now has a number, Senate Bill 10 along with 15 of 33 state senators cosponsoring, Senators Wanggaard, Wirch, Testin, Bewley, Carpenter, Craig, Erpenbach, Hansen, Johnson, Lasee, Ringhand, Roth, (Democratic Minority Leader) Shilling, L. Taylor and C. Larson. 10 of the sponsors are Democrats, and five are. Republicans. This is Senator Shilling’s first cannabis-related...

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....

Wisconsin Democrats bill would put medical pot advisory referendum on ballot

January 14, 2017 - Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) are rolling out two medical-cannabis bills, an updated version of the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act the two have long championed and a second bill to authorize placing a statewide medical cannabis advisory referendum before state voters. Rep. Taylor announced the new legislation on Facebook on Jan. 12: Earlier today, Sen. Jon...

Walker not interested in legalization says neither are most lawmakers

January 8, 2017 - With the start of the new legislative session, there has been a flood of articles about cannabis and Wisconsin. Among them I discovered a real nugget in a story from the Wisconsin Radio Network (WRN) January 6, by Andrew Beckett, “Governor Scott Walker open to improving access to CBD oil,” discussing the proposal being sponsored again by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). Incidentally, Wanggaard was...

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