Racine Greens reject clerk's finding cannabis campaign short on signatures

August 28, 2017 - Cannabadger has learned the Racine City Clerk's office ruled Aug. 14 that the Racine Greens were short 195 signatures on the petitions filed August 1 by the group. After a 60-day campaign to gather signatures, Racine Greens submitted 5218 signatures on August 1 to put the question of reducing local cannabis possession fines to $1 before city voters, per the state direct legislation law, Wisconsin...


LRB-2457 gets Assembly bill number, committee assignment

August 25, 2017 - Rep. Melissa Sargent's cannabis legalization proposal 2017 LRB-2457 has been formally introduced as Assembly Bill 482 as of Aug. 24, and assigned to the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. (PDF of AB 482) So far, in addition to Rep. Sargent, AB 482 has 14 assembly cosponsors and 3 state senate sponsors, all Democrats: Representatives Melissa Sargent, Tod Ohnstad, Chris Taylor...


Wisconsin state senator invested in controversial Canadian cannabis company

August 14, 2017 - Wisconsin state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) bought $5,000 to $50,000 in the stock of Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. in 2016. The Appleton Post-Crescent/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, reports that a review of public disclosures found that Wisconsin state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) bought $5,000 to $50,000 in the stock of Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. in 2016, “Wisconsin senator invests in...


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...


Homegrown Grassroots at the Pierce County Fair August 10-13

August 3, 2017 - "Homegrown Grassroots at the Pierce County Fair" August 10-13, 2017. Cannabadger is proud to announce we are co-hosting an upcoming event with our friends at the Wisconsin Homegrown Voters PAC and other state cannabis advocates, "Homegrown Grassroots at the Pierce County Fair." The Wisconsin Homegrown Voters PAC is bringing the legalization message to Ellsworth, the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin...

Capital Times: Gary Storck: Legalizing cannabis better than subsidizing Foxconn

August 2, 2017 - A proposal by Wisconsin Republicans to lure Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn to Southeastern Wisconsin in return for huge taxpayer subsidies and exemptions from environmental regulations is generating a lot of controversy in the state. I was inspired to write a letter to the editor offering a better alternative that involves no taxpayer subsidies whatsoever and creates new jobs and businesses in every...


Father of medical marijuana Robert Randall testified at 1979 Wisconsin hearing

July 31, 2017 - 38 years ago today as of this writing, on July 31, 1979, the first federal medical marijuana patient, Robert Randall came to Madison to testify at a hearing for a medical cannabis bill, 1979 AB279. 1979 Assembly Bill 279 was an early Wisconsin medical cannabis bill. I took the Badger Bus up from Milwaukee where I was living at the time to attend the hearing in the Capitol’s North Hearing Room and...


Wisconsin State Journal: Gary Storck: Don't 'wait and see' on marijuana

July 30, 2017 - On July 29, 2017, the Wisconsin State Journal published my letter to the editor, "Don't 'wait and see' on marijuana." The letter was also published on their web site titled, "State shouldn't 'wait and see' on marijuana - Gary Storck." Letter to the Editor by Gary Storck as published in WI State Journal Sat. July 29, 2017.


Reactions to Sargent cannabis bill shows prohibition runs deep in state

July 21, 2017 - Press Packet from Melissa Sargent Legalize Opportunity Presser 07-13-2017 News coverage of Rep. Melissa Sargent's July 13 press conference announcing her new cannabis legalization proposal, LRB-2457 included a number of over the top reactions from lawmakers, law enforcement and health care and addiction professionals. While Rep. Sargent has made a great case for passing LRB-2457, proactively...


Wisconsin pot legalization bill previewed at Capitol press conference

July 13, 2017 - MADISON: New Wisconsin State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) held a press conference Thursday July 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly Parlor at the Wisconsin State Capitol to announce her 2017-2018 session cannabis legalization bill. Cannabis legalization supporters were on hand alongside a sizeable media contingent as Rep. Sargent discussed her bill. Sargent touted the bill as a way to solve the...