May 2018

Full Milwaukee County Board OKs cannabis legalization advisory referendum for November ballot

The Milwaukee County Board today passed Resolution 18-333 by a 15-1 vote, placing the non-binding referendum on legalizing cannabis before Milwaukee County voters in this fall's general election on Nov. 6.

16th District Supervisor John Weishan Jr., sponsor of the resolution that would place a cannabis legalization advisory referendum on county ballots Nov. 6, 2018,

OPED: Cannabis Legalization: Not if but how

In Nov. 2018, Wisconsin voters will cast ballots for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, all 99 state assembly reps and 16 of 33 state senators, along with federal offices including all 8 congressional reps and a U.S. senate seat. Efforts are underway in Milwaukee County to place a cannabis legalization advisory referendum on county ballots. The huge field of Democrats vying for the nomination to take on prohibitionist two-term Gov. Scott Walker are pretty much united in support for cannabis legalization.

WI DOJ backs down on hemp CBD ban after meeting bill authors, Farm Bureau

An emotional rollercoaster for stakeholders than began with the release by DATCP of a Wisconsin DOJ guidance stating newly licensed hemp growers and processors could not produce CBD and that such products sold by retailers were illegal ended with a reversal by the Attorney General's office.

Wisconsin DOJ officials met May 9 with the farm bureau, the hemp bill's authors, Sen. Patrick Testin and Rep. Jesse Kremer, and the Legislature's attorneys to discuss CBC and the hemp bill.

Milwaukee County Board committee OKs pot legalization referendum proposal; sends to full board for vote

The Milwaukee County Board's Judiciary committee this morning voted 5-0 to send a proposal by 16th District Supervisor John Weishan Jr. to put a cannabis legalization advisory referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. The proposal next goes to the full County Board at its May 24 meeting, where if approved, would place the non-binding referendum before Milwaukee County voters in this fall's general election.

Cannabadger reached out to Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Supervisor for Milwaukee County's 12th District, a vice-chair of the Judiciary committee for reaction, and here is her response:

Jackson County Sheriff 'no consequences' if you hand over your illegal CBD products

The Jackson County Wisconsin Sheriff's Office issued a news release May 8 which was posted on their Facebook page. According to the release, Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera provided an "informational section on marijuana, hemp and CBD oils" at "Coffee with a Cop" at the Lunda Center Hub in Black River Falls May 3 in response to "questions and concerns brought up by attendees". County Wisconsin Sheriff's Office

Farm Bureau and hemp businesses push back after DOJ position paper says CBD illegal in Wisconsin

Green Bay's Fox11 News has reported that preliminary numbers show the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) received 341 applications for the hemp pilot program, of which 248 were for growing hemp and 94 for processing. But so far, most media has been quiet about a controversy that erupted Monday, April 30, the day before the licensing application deadline, when DATCP sent out a message on their hemp listserve and placed on their website a document from the Wisconsin Dept.