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.


Bill to legalize recreational use marijuana in Wisconsin introduced Thursday

State rep. believes it could be money maker for state.

A bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use is getting introduced again in Wisconsin.

It's been tried before but Democratic state Rep. Melissa Sargent, of Madison, hopes Republican lawmakers are starting to realize the idea actually makes sense.

Sargent, who says she's never smoked pot, believes recreational marijuana is a money maker for the state and could help solve current state fiscal issues involving schools and roads.  

The bill would allow people to grow their own but fewer plants than the 12 Sargent had in her last legalization push.


Governor Walker Signs Bill Legalizing CBD Oil in Wisconsin

Raegen Arnold, 13, of Pleasant Prairie, was among the children who circled Gov. Scott Walker Monday to witness him sign legislation into law to add cannabidiol oil to the list of options available to treat medical conditions.

For Raegen, who has battled with epilepsy since she was 2 years old, CBD oil could help calm the seizures for which she is taking three prescription medications.

State Sens. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, and Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, were among the legislators who introduced Senate Bill 10, a trailer to "Lydia's Law," named in honor of the late Lydia Schaeffer of Burlington, who suffered from seizures due to Kleefstra syndrome. Lydia's mother Sally Schaeffer led the charge to lobby for its passage. 


States Push Marijuana Legalization Bills Despite Opposition from the Federal Government

Lawmakers in about two dozen states have proposed bills this year to ease their marijuana laws despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' warning that he could crack down on pot, a major change from the Obama administration, which essentially turned a blind eye to the state legislation.

Bills have been introduced in 17 states this year to make recreational pot legal for adults, while five others are considering voter referendums on the issue. Sixteen states have introduced medical marijuana legislation, 10 are considering decriminalizing the drug and three are considering easing their penalties. An effort in Wyoming to decriminalize the drug failed this session.


We Know Less About Marijuana Than We Think — Here Are the Biggest Mysteries Researchers Are Trying to Solve

  • Marijuana is easier to access than ever, with more than 20% of Americans living in a state that has voted to legalize recreational use — and a majority living in states that have legalized medical use.
  • But when you talk to researchers who study cannabis, they say there's still a lot we don't know about marijuana.
  • There are a few big studies happening right now that should for the first time offer some answers to essential questions.

In many ways, it's the age of access to pot.

As of last November, more than 20% of Americans live in states that have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. A majority live in states that allow access to medical marijuana.


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