Wisconsin marijuana arrests


Today in Wisconsin Cannabis History: July 22, 2015

July 22, 2020 - Then-Gov. Scott Walker, during his failed, short-lived presidential campaign, declares he would enforce federal law against state-legal cannabis in Colorado
Marijuana Arrests in 2019 Hit Lowest Point Since 1997
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Rise & Fall of Cannabis Prohibition cited in Shepherd Express article on Wisconsin cannabis arrests

May 7, 2020 - On May 5, the Shepherd Express published an article by Jean-Gabriel Fernandez, "Marijuana Arrests in 2019 Hit Lowest Point Since 1997." Fernandez earlier published a review of my book, The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin in the February 4 edition of the Shepherd Express. Using the recently released Wisconsin Dept. of Justice's 2019 cannabis arrest figures and data from the book,...


New figures from WI DOJ show state pot possession arrests dipped 2% in 2018

July 25, 2019 - According to updated figures released April 29, 2019 by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), Wisconsin marijuana possession arrests in 2018 increased 2% from 2017 from 17,048 to 17,392 , while state marijuana sales arrests dipped 2% from 1,867 to 1,822. Previously, DOJ data from 2017 revealed that arrests for possession of marijuana increased from 16,245 to 17,022 from 2016 to 2017, an increase...


Wisconsin cannabis possession arrests surged 5% from 2016 to 2017

July 3, 2018 - New data from 2017 from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) reveals that arrests for possession of marijuana in Wisconsin increased from 16,245 to 17,022 from 2016 to 2017, an increase of 5%. From 2015 to 2016, pot arrests had gone up almost 9%, from 14,930 to 16,245. Together those increases represent a 14% increase in state pot arrests from 2015 to 2017. Arrests for sales of cannabis also...


Cannabis legalization advisory referendum update: Rock County approves, other counties moving forward

June 29, 2018 - On Thursday, June 28, the Rock County Board voted 14-12 to place a cannabis legalization advisory referendum on Nov. 6 Rock County general election ballots. The Rock County question will read: "Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare and infrastructure?" On Monday, June 18, 2018, the St. Croix...