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.


The slow burn for marijuana legalization in Wisconsin

Steve Acheson struggles with a back injury and posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from his active duty in Iraq from 2004-2008. Both health issues trigger his anxiety in crowds and have brought on depression and frequent nightmares. Acheson served as lead Humvee driver for a U.S. Army colonel on more than 400 missions, and he was still deployed when he underwent two of his three back surgeries. For the back pain that still plagues him, Acheson was prescribed a raft of opiates, muscle relaxants and other drugs by Veterans Affairs doctors. He says he replaced all that with cannabis, which he started using daily in 2009. 


“Time for Wisconsin to act:” Lawmakers plan public forum to push medical marijuana bills

Two state legislators in a news release Monday, October 23rd announced a public forum in West Allis — where they’ll discuss and promote two bills which would allow patients access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.

According to the release, the bills were introduced in February of this year and have had no action in Legislative committees.

Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) will join advocates for this forum.

The news release states that these bills “will end the practice of criminalizing patients trying to obtain a medicine that works for them.”


A push for medical marijuana in Wisconsin

Two Dane County democrats are on a statewide tour promoting medical marijuana in Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, Representative Chris Taylor and State Senator Jon Erpenbach stopped at the Brown County Courthouse.

They co-sponsored bills that allow for limited use of medical cannabis for those with specific, serious, and debilitating conditions with a doctor's approval.

The bills were introduced in February of this year and have been stalled in committees.


Wisconsin Senator Invests In Canadian Cannabis Giant

Marijuana stocks are attractive investment opportunities and we came across a story that exemplified this thought.

Earlier today, we read an article about Wisconsin Republican Senator Frank Lasee who invested in Canadian licensed medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth Corp (WEED.TO) (TWMJF) back in 2016.

A Marijuana Supporter…and Investor

Senator Lasee is a medical marijuana supporter…and an investor.


Gov. Walker accepts donation from National Cannabis Industry Association

Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) wants to make Wisconsin the first state to require adults without children to undergo drug testing if they want medicaid.

On Tuesday, liberal group One Wisconsin Now, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Monona) say Walker's plan makes him "a hypocrite."

At a news conference, the group of three revealed that as head of the Republican Governor's Association, Gov. Walker accepted a $25,000 donation from the National Cannabis Industry Association. The group says Gov. Walker is making money off of the same thing he is penalizing people under the poverty line for.


Crowley: Legalize marijuana to combat growing opioid epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. From 2000 to 2015, over half-a-million Americans died of opioid abuse and overdose. Ninety-one Americans die every single day for the same reasons.

While illegal drugs like heroin have contributed greatly to this epidemic, prescription opioids are the leading cause of overdose and death for Americans suffering from opioid addiction.

Since 1999, the amount of prescribed opioids in the United States has nearly quadrupled without a meaningful change in the actual amount of pain that Americans report to their doctors. In Wisconsin, the rate of opioid-related deaths has nearly doubled between 2006 and 2015, from 5.9 deaths per 100,000 residents to 10.7 deaths per 100,000.


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