marijuana legalization


Nine Democratic candidates for governor support cannabis legalization at Madison forum

January 29, 2018 - Nine of the 18 Democrats vying for the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin governor appeared at a forum at LaFollette High School in Madison on Sunday, Jan. 28. The event was moderated by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), sponsor of 2017 AB482, which would legalize medical and adult use of cannabis in Wisconsin. At around 55 minutes into the hour and a half forum, Rep. Sargent asked the...


Letter to the Editor: Kitchens Wrong on Pot Legalization

November 3, 2017 - Legalization, Medical, Politics Letter to the Editor: Kitchens Wrong on Pot Legalization November 3, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit An October 27 article in the Door County Pulse by Jim Lundstrom, “Kitchens Listens: Manure, Marijuana and Mining,” discussed a listening session Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) held at Algoma’s City Hall Oct. 16. An attendee asked Kitchens about AB482, the...


State says Wisconsin pot tax revenues could top $100 million by 2020

September 20, 2017 - MADISON: In a new fiscal estimate from the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue on Rep. Melissa Sargent's cannabis legalization bill, AB 482, the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue predicts that if the legislation is enacted into law, both state and local governments will see large revenue increases. The state agency estimates total revenue impact from sales tax, excise tax and fee revenues will top $60.5 million...


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...


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...


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...