Transcript: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the Jay Weber show on WISN Feb. 20

February 20, 2019 - On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appeared on the Jay Weber Show on NewsTalk 1130 WISN radio. Below is the transcript of Speaker Vos’ remarks regarding Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to include medical cannabis legalization and statewide decriminalization of up to 25 grams of cannabis in his budget: Jay Weber: Well the attention-grabbing story coming out of Madison...


Wisconsin prepares to vote in state’s most important cannabis-related election

November 4, 2018 - The statewide elections being held Tuesday, Nov. 6 represent Wisconsin’s most important cannabis-related election ever. Not only are cannabis advisory referendums on the ballot in 16 counties and two cities, but there are numerous candidates supporting cannabis legalization up and down the ticket, starting with candidates for governor, attorney general. U.S. senate and other statewide offices all...


Federal Opioid Commission member to give talks against medical marijuana in La Crosse Monday

March 24, 2018 - The La Crosse Tribune is reporting that Bertha Madras, one of six members of President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, is scheduled to give two presentations in La Crosse on Monday March 26. Unfortunately the talks will not be about new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis like legalizing medical marijuana. While research from states that have legalized...


Leah Vukmir tops list of anti-pot Wisconsin lawmakers not returning in 2019

February 10, 2018 - Longtime anti-cannabis zealot State Sen. Leah Vukmir's time at the Wisconsin Capitol is rapidly winding down and the longtime senate health committee chair will soon gavel to a close her final health committee hearing. But despite serving as health committee chair in both the Assembly and Senate, Vukmir steadfastly refused to hold a hearing on medical cannabis legislation despite overwhelming...


Wisconsin anti-cannabis zealot Leah Vukmir announces US Senate run

September 7, 2017 - UPDATED: News reports indicate State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) has announced plans to run for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in 2018. As a longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient-advocate, I've closely followed the career of Sen. Vukmir, who has made a name for herself as Wisconsin's leading elected cannabis opponent. At the 2009 combined health...


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 decriminalization bill has support across political spectrum

June 25, 2017 - Wisconsin's historic new bipartisan cannabis decriminalization bill Senate Bill 318 includes a number of sponsors of cannabis law reform legislation not seen before the current legislative session. Not only is the lead Assembly sponsor a Republican, Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), there are five other GOP cosponsors, Kathleen Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), Reps. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) Dale...


70% of Wisconsin State Senators sponsor cannabis-related bills in 2017

May 17, 2017 - Updated 2017-05-30 5:46:39 PM So far in the 2017-2018 session, 24 of 33 Wisconsin state senators have sponsored or cosponsored at least one cannabis-related bill. Of the 9 senators who have not signed on to any cannabis-related legislation, all are Republicans, who hold the majority with 20 seats. Up until May 30, the group included one Democrat, 90-year old Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison). Although...


Wisconsin Senate passes CBD bill 31-1

February 8, 2017 - Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Relating to: definition of tetrahydrocannabinols and the use of cannabidiol, passed the full Wisconsin Senate today by a 31-1 vote in favor. The sole vote against came from Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), one of several senators who helped kill last session’s version of the bill in the last moments of the last senate session. Not voting...