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Monona City Council takes the torch from PSC as pot debate rolls on

February 15, 2017 - On Monday Feb. 20 the Monona city council listened to public testimony and debated the proposal to amend the city’s cannabis possession ordinance and adopt a $1 fine plus costs for those over 21 found in possession. Madison NORML’s Nate Petreman reports a strong turnout from supporters, with only one opponent speaking against and another registering against, compared to five speaking in favor and...


Tomah Cannabis Committee disbanded by 4-2 vote: Referendum next?

February 2, 2017 - Tomah alder Chris King reports that Tomah’s Ad Hoc Cannabis committee, established in Summer 2016 to study the city’s cannabis decriminalization ordinance, has voted to disband. Alder King posted the following on Facebook: “WE ARE FORCED TO EXPLORE THE DIRECT LEGISLATION/REFERENDUM OPTION TO DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS IN THE CITY OF TOMAH. The Ad Hoc Cannabis committee has voted to end the committee...


Wisconsin Democrats bill would put medical pot advisory referendum on ballot

January 14, 2017 - Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) are rolling out two medical-cannabis bills, an updated version of the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act the two have long championed and a second bill to authorize placing a statewide medical cannabis advisory referendum before state voters. Rep. Taylor announced the new legislation on Facebook on Jan. 12: Earlier today, Sen. Jon...


40 years ago Madison voted to legalize cannabis like alcohol or tobacco

November 6, 2016 - On Nov. 8, voters in nine states will have the opportunity to vote on expanding legal access to cannabis. 25 states and Washington D.C. currently have some kind of medical cannabis law. Five of those states: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, could join Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington D.C. in legalizing so-called recreational use. If all five pass, 23% of...