Wisconsin Republican leaders remain opposed to marijuana legalization despite moves by neighbors

In 2009, it looked like Wisconsin was going to be a leader in passing progressive marijuana legislation. Democrats controlled the Legislature and a bill that would have made Wisconsin the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana had the support of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Polls showed wide public support.

But the bill died in committee when Democratic Rep. Julie Lassa voted with Republicans to tank it.

Nearly a decade later, Wisconsin remains on the sidelines, watching as Michigan and Illinois battle it out to see which state can attract marijuana tourists first. 


Madison brewpub may be first brewer in Wisconsin to infuse beer and cocktails with CBD

The Great Dane in Madison has brewed a pale ale with CBD.

Great Dane brewpubs will launch CBD-infused beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages starting Dec. 13 at all five of the brewpub's locations — in Madison, Fitchburg and Wausau. 

It's likely the first brewer in Wisconsin to add cannabidiol to beer. 

The launch includes a celebration from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that day hosted by The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., and its CBD partner, Madison-based GreenRX, at the The Great Dane Pub, 123 E. Doty St., in Madison.

CBD is cannabidiol, which is extracted from the flowers of hemp plants and is considered non-psychoactive. Marijuana, hemp and hops are related agriculture products.


Wisconsin sees increasing interest in hemp production

Interest in producing hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, is growing in Wisconsin.

While this year's harvest doesn't look the best because of wet weather and inexperienced growers, interest in the crop is strong after legislative action this year lifted the state's decades-old ban on industrial hemp, The Post Crescent reported.

"Currently, there is more demand than supply," said Abbie Testaberg, a River Falls area resident who is equipping a 5,200-square-foot indoor, aeroponic growing and processing facility.

Nearly 140 Wisconsin farmers planted the crop this year. Many of them said they plan to continue planting next year despite this year's challenges.


A look into the 1st year of the Wisconsin hemp program

Farmers in Wisconsin have high hopes for a new cash crop: Hemp. It looks and smells like marijuana but it will not get you high. FOX 11 Investigates examined the state’s new hemp pilot program earlier this year.

Robert Hornacek traveled to Mount Horeb to follow up on the program and what it could mean for the future. “The size of the plants has exceeded my expectations,” said John Eichorst of Mount Horeb Hemp.

From a distance, his half-acre hemp field almost looks like a field of Christmas trees. “It’s been a lot of work,” Eichorst said.


Wisconsin hemp advocates optimistic despite struggles

Willie Hughes was one of the Wisconsin farmers growing hemp legally for the first time in about seven decades, and he wanted his crop to thrive.

Growing hemp carried uncertainty. What care did it need? How is it harvested? What’s its legality, considering the federal government still classifies it as an illegal substance?

Many curious farmers chose to stay on the sidelines and not grow hemp this year. They wanted to see how others handled it before jumping in. Hughes put extra pressure on himself.


What you need to know about marijuana referendums in Wisconsin

More than a dozen counties around Wisconsin will ask a question about the legalization of marijuana on the ballots in November. The counties are asking different questions, but they are all advisory referendums, meaning they don't require the state legislature to take action.

"It's really just sending a message to the state that the citizens want to see a change in the law," said Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell.

In Dane County, the question on the ballot is, "Should marijuana be legalized, taxed and regulated in the same manner as alcohol for adults 21 years of age or older?"


6 states without ballot initiatives where voters' choices will greatly affect marijuana legalization

We’re four weeks away from the November midterm elections, and obviously a lot in the political landscape could change on that day. Democrats could retake Congress, governor’s mansions could flip to a new party and so much more, writes Joseph Misulonas.


What Wisconsin voters need to know about November ballot issues


The fall campaign for cannabis, aka marijuana, will soon be visible in more than a dozen Wisconsin counties as volunteers put up yard signs and knock on doors.

Here's a voter's guide on everything you need to know about the ballot issues:

Know your ballots

Voters in 16 counties and two cities will find marijuana use referendum questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

All are advisory referendums and do not require the Legislature to take action. But responses of voters will provide marijuana legalization activists with a measure of public opinion that they will use to encourage lawmakers to relax or eliminate current prohibitions on pot.


Wisconsin: Milwaukee unanimously votes to put marijuana on November ballot

Milwaukee is moving in the right direction when it comes to marijuana policy.

A Milwaukee County Board committee has voted unanimously to put a marijuana referendum on the November ballot. The Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee gave their approval to the proposal yesterday. Milwaukee County is the most populous county in the state of Wisconsin.

The election would not by itself end the prohibition of marijuana. It calls on the State of Wisconsin to legalize cannabis and allow for a regulated and taxed marijuana market.


The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, prompting health departments to go full force.

The number of people with severe synthetic weed-related illness keeps rising. Hospitals are reporting more and more cases of serious bleeding, seizures, hallucinations and violent behavior—all due to synthetic cannabis.

As of this week, the threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland.


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