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More cases of severe bleeding linked to synthetic marijuana reported

8/31/18--According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, eight more cases of severe bleeding and hospitalizations due to synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison have been reported in Wisconsin. There have been 54 such cases in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, since March, 40 confirmed and 14 probable, the department said in a news release. Read

Journal Times editorial: Pot referendums could sway election

8/12/18--This coming November, City of Racine residents will have the chance to vote in an advisory referendum on the question of whether marijuana should be legal for medicinal and/or recreational use, as well as what the potential revenue should be used for. Keeping in mind the fact that the marijuana referendums could sway the election, the poses the question: Is this the right time? Would April be a better time? Read

Oshkosh Common Councilor Caroline Panske convicted of marijuana possession

9/8/17--Oshkosh Common Council member Caroline L. Panske, who was in favor of easing penalties for marijuana possession last year, has been convicted of possession of marijuana. She was convicted in August after a July traffic stop in Waushara County led to two misdemeanor charges — possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia — and a citation for driving with an open intoxicant. Read

Bill legalizing marijuana said to boost economy in Wisconsin

7/13/17--State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) announced a legislation to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. According to Representative Sargent, the bill is much more than legalizing marijuana, it’s legalizing opportunity and prosperity. The bill includes several changes including providing employment and benefit protections for marijuana users, requiring insurance coverage for medical marijuana for terminal illnesses, and incorporating marijuana into current alcohol and tobacco educational curricula in schools. Read

Bill would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana in Wisconsin

5/30/17--Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake, and Democratic Representatives Evan Goyke of Milwaukee, Jonathan Brostoff of Milwaukee, and Sen. Fred Risser of Madison unveiled a bill that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana. By introducing legislation that is likely to die, the lawmakers hope they can also build public support for the bill they say would save taxpayers money and keep people who commit minor offenses out of jail. Read

Marijuana legalization faces uphill battle

4/27/17--While state legislators recently allowed the use of a marijuana extract for specific medical purposes, Wisconsin is a long way from allowing recreational or widespread medical use of marijuana. Bills have been introduced in the Legislature over the last decade to allow medical marijuana use, but they have not advanced. Read

Governor signs bill legalizing marijuana extract

4/17/17--Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that lets a physician or pharmacy dispense Cannabidiol (CBD oil), a cannabis compound, with a prescription. State law bans possession of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Cannibidiol, however, does not produce a high or psychoactive effect. CBD Oil has been used to treat seizures, pain, anxiety, and other disorders. Read

Wisconsin town to vote on $1 marijuana possession fine

3/30/17--In Monona, Wisconsin, city law states that a person caught possessing 25 grams or less is an infraction, punishable by a $200 fine (no jail time). The Monona City Council is set to vote on a reform measure that would lower the fine to $1 for those over 21. Under the city’s current ordinance, those who possess 25 grams or less of marijuana are fined $200. Read

Wisconsin lawmakers to unveil medical marijuana proposal

2/3/17--Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Chris Taylor will unveil a medical marijuana proposal and a statewide referendum bill at a press conference in Madison Monday. If passed, Wisconsin would be the 29th state to allow seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana. Read

Top Wisconsin legislator ‘open’ to medical marijuana legalization

1/5/17--Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he was open to legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin, but stopped short of saying he'd bring forward legislation to that effect. According to a FOX 6 report, the news came as quite a shock to his fellow legislators. Read