Today, Friday, March 15, 2019, marks the 4th anniversary of the launch of Cannabadger.com, covering the intersection of Wisconsin and Cannabis. Over those four years, Cannabadger has posted over 300 articles chronicling efforts to roll back cannabis prohibition in Wisconsin. And we’ve had over 1.3 million visitors and over 3.6 million visits to date, according to Google Analytics, with about a third of those coming in the last year.
And over these four years, while there is still much to be done, there has been some amazing developments here in Wisconsin. Local cannabis penalties have been reduced in many locales as city councils and county boards around the state have adopted new ordinances. State lawmakers, despite GOP majority control, have passed legislation legalizing CBD possession and, even more importantly, unanimously passed legislation legalizing hemp cultivation, launching an entire new industry that has brought great changes in Wisconsin. Dozens of hemp CBD storefronts are opening in every corner of the state. Polling by the Marquette Law School poll has established that support for legalizing adult use cannabis in Wisconsin is around 60%. The public is engaged and ready to see Wisconsin’s punitive cannabis laws reformed.
Most importantly, in 2018, a wave of cannabis activism spread around the state and a historic and unprecedented campaign to put cannabis advisory referendums before voters resulted in 16 counties and 2 cities holding advisory referendums. These referendums were approved in counties that voted blue and counties that voted red. Conservative county boards in far northern Wisconsin approved medical cannabis advisory referendums. More than a million voters said yes to referendums asking about medical cannabis and adult use legalization. These same voters provided the margin to elect Tony Evers Wisconsin governor and Josh Kaul Attorney General, both who campaigned on support of cannabis law reform. The legislature’s biggest anti-pot zealot and cannabigot, Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), first elected to the assembly in 2002, did not run for reelection to the state senate and lost her bid for the U.S. Senate. In another historic move, Gov. Evers placed medical cannabis and statewide decriminalization in his first budget.
Going forward, Cannabadger looks forward to continuing to bring you news and developments from the intersection of Cannabis and Wisconsin. This is where you will find the news other sources don’t cover and often, read news before other sources cover it.