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Wisconsin Republicans circulating cannabis decriminalization bill

Wisconsin Republicans circulating cannabis decriminalization bill

February 8, 2021 - Senator Kathleen Bernier (R - Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Shae Sortwell (R - Two Rivers) are circulating legislation that would decriminalize small amounts of cannabis. Bernier, now the Senate Majority Caucus Vice-Chair, has been supportive of previous decriminalization proposals in previous sessions, as has Sortwell. The proposal calls for a $100 civil forfeiture for possessing not more than 10...
Today in Wisconsin Cannabis History: The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin: Dec. 10, 1976: Page 136: Direct legislation in Whitewater and Mayville:
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Today in Wisconsin Cannabis History: The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin: Dec. 10, 1976: Page 136: Direct legislation in Whitewater and Mayville:

December 10, 2020 - The last few attempts to put local cannabis ordinances to a vote in WI in Oshkosh and Racine in the late 20-teens were shot down by restrictive interpretations of state law regarding binding referendums by local clerks. Things were different in the 1970s, when a number of Wisconsin cities including Madison, Whitewater and Mayville had binding referendums before voters. Passed in April 1977, only...

Wisonsin State Journal: Sheriff is tough on pot, easy on virus -- Gary Storck

April 30, 2020 - The Wisconsin State Journal published my letter to the editor, Sheriff is tough on pot, easy on virus, online on April 26, 2020. It appeared in the print edition on Monday, April 27, 2020. Letter as it appeared in the print edirion:    


Cannabis advisory referendum trounced Scott Fitzgerald in Dane County wards 62-38% in Nov. 2018 election

April 20, 2019 - Cannabadger recently took a look at the in the 13 wards where Senate GOP Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's senate district and a portion of eastern Dane County overlap and found that yes votes on Dane County's marijuana advisory referendum exceeded votes for Fitzgerald by a nearly 62/38% margin in those wards. The 13 wards offer a glimpse of how the vote would likely have gone had the...

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New Marquette Law School Poll finds 59% of Wisconsin voters favor cannabis legalization

April 10, 2019 - A new Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday, April 10, found 59% of Wisconsin voters say marijuana use should be legal, with 36% saying it should not. 83% say medical cannabis with a doctor’s prescription should be legal, with only 12% saying no. A previous Marquette Law School poll released January 24, 2019, found 59% said yes when asked, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made...

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Major state media outlets focus on Wisconsin medical cannabis patients and hopes for passage

April 9, 2019 - On Sunday April 7, two long articles about medical cannabis legalization in Wisconsin were published, the first in the Wisconsin State Journal, the second a project of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ) that appeared in media all over the state starting including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, Wisconsin Law Journal, US News & World Report, Channel3000,...


Cannabis advisory referendum split in Wood County, Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor approve both

April 2, 2019 - UPDATED: 04/03/2019: 8:14:29 PM: The votes are in for Wisconsin’s Spring 2019 election and, 5 of 6 advisory referendums were approved. Voters in Wood County split, passing medical but rejecting adult use, while the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County village of Egg Harbor said yes to legalizing both medical cannabis and adult use cannabis. Wood County: Wood County voters overwhelmingly passing...


Cannabadger launched 4 years ago today!

March 15, 2019 - Today, Friday, March 15, 2019, marks the 4th anniversary of the launch of, 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...


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says medical marijuana still on table, equates decrim as legalization

March 10, 2019 - Appearing on WISN’s UpFront on Sunday, March 10, 2019, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he supported medical cannabis and that “We are going to potentially see something hopefully later in the year.” Responding further he agreed when asked if he still wants medical marijuana if it’s not in the budget, saying that for five years he’s “talked about it about it a very limited way to do it Vos...


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers proposes medical cannabis and statewide cannabis decriminalization in 2019-2021 state budget speech

March 1, 2019 - UPDATED: 03/01/2019 6:26:15 PM On Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivered his 2019-2021 state budget speech at the Capitol. While the entire budget received a very chilly response from Republican lawmakers, who hold majorities in both houses, Gov. Evers did include both medical cannabis and statewide cannabis decriminalization, as he had promised. Cannabadger examined both Gov....