Bipartisan proposal to decriminalize up to 28 grams of cannabis introduced Thursday, Nov. 16, 2021 at WI Capitol

Posted: November 16, 2021 by Gary Storck
Category: Decriminalization

A statewide bipartisan cannabis decriminalization bill was announced today at the State Capitol. Downside is if adopted, which I see as unlikely, it would standardize fines for up to 28 grams statewide, meaning that high-population locales like Dane County, Milwaukee County and other places that have adopted low or nominal penalties would have to charge at the state level with higher penalties. This would roll back a lot of recent progress on reducing fines and penalties for cannabis. One good provision is it would repeal the penalty making second & subsequent offenses a felony. But few places currently still enforce that option.

Several Democrats are echoing my concerns in a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 11/16/2021:

Proposed bill to standardize marijuana penalties would raise fines in Milwaukee and Madison, lower them elsewhere

Update 2021-11-20 at 2:49 PM:

The 2021-2022 Session Schedule below shows there is little time left in the 2021-2022 legislative session to move this bill. It's late November and the proposal hasn't even been introduced formally or given a bill number and assigned to a committee in each chamber. To move, each chamber would have to hold a public hearing, schedule a vote to get it out of committee. Next it would need to be scheduled for floor votes in each chamber. The session is winding down quickly and bills introduced this late in the session generally die in committee without a vote or hearing unless the majority party leadership really wants thiem passed. With the holidays looming, nothing can happen until after the new year, leaving lawmakers until just early March to pass a bill on a topic that remains very controversial even after 50 years of efforts to pass a statewide decriminalization law. It would take some major heavily lifting in these politically charged times for this bill to reach Gov. Evers desk.




Reps. Shotwell and Ortiz-Velez at press conference
Session calendar21-22