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2017-2018 Wisconsin Active Legislation


 

2017 LRB – 2457 “Legalizing Opportunity” , Regulate marijuana possession, use and sales.

 

Pending for the 2017-2018 legislative session to regulate the use, growing, and distribution of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes.

 

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), permits adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis, and to possess marijuana-related paraphernalia. It also establishes regulations for the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. Public use of cannabis is subject to a $100 civil fine.

 

The bill also establishes a regulated system for the production and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes. It further prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their off-the-job use of cannabis, and mandates insurance providers to provide coverage for patients’ use of medical marijuana.

 

 

2017 Assembly Joint Resolution 7 / Senate Joint Resolution 10

 

Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the following question be submitted, for advisory purposes only, to the voters of this state at the next general election occurring not sooner than 45 days after adoption of this resolution:

 

QUESTION 1: “Medical Marijuana. Should the state of Wisconsin allow individuals with debilitating medical conditions to use and safely access marijuana for medical purposes if those individuals have a written recommendation from a licensed Wisconsin physician?”

 

 

2017 Assembly Bill 75 / Senate Bill 38, to establish a medical marijuana access program in Wisconsin.

 

Passage of this legislation will offer qualified patients state-sanctioned access to a therapy that may offer them significant benefits. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia already offer similar patient protections. Data from other states finds that the enactment of medical marijuana access is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse and mortality, and does not negatively impact workplace safety, teen use, or motor vehicle safety. A 2016 University of Michigan study showed a 64 percent reduction in the use of opioid painkillers amidst patients who used medical marijuana to help chronic pain.

 

The results of a recent statewide poll commissioned by Marquette Law School show that fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin residents believe marijuana should be legalized. It is time for our state laws to reflect the views of the majority of voters and to address the best interests of our patient community.

 

 

2017 Assembly Bill 409 / Senate Bill 318,   “Decriminalization” Legislation to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties.

 

Under current law, possession of any amount is a misdemeanor that carries up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted by a plea or trial.

 

This bill amends state law so that marijuana possession offenses (up to 10 grams) are reduced to a civil offense, punishable by a fine of $100.

 

The policy proposed by this bill is line with those of numerous other states, including Nebraska and Ohio. Such a change will save taxpayers money and allow police and the courts to re-prioritize their resources toward addressing more serious crimes. Minor marijuana possession offenders, many of them young people, should not be saddled with a criminal record and the lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it.

 

 

2017 Assembly Bill 183 / Senate Bill 119 requiring “the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to issue licenses that authorize the growing and processing of industrial hemp.”

 

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed and other products. The crop is commercially cultivated throughout the world. An economic analysis by the Hemp Industries Association reports that retail sales of hemp products in the US total $600 million annually.  It is time to allow Wisconsin farmers the opportunity to explore this emerging market.

 

For a PDF one page of this information made into a signature page so you can collect signatures locally can be found at : http://www.northernwinorml.org/pyo/wisconsin-medical-marijuana-petition/

 

Help is needed collecting signatures in Oshkosh NOW, deadline is Nov 6th, 2016.  Please contact Mark at 920 (251) 7986 and/or Ryan at 920 (279) 2916 to volunteer. For more information the Facebook page “Decriminalize Cannabis Oshkosh” has also been established. To help coordinate signature efforts/locatio<wbr />ns where petition is happening on a live basis please follow the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1713059495691452/

 

WHAT: Baked Sale “Pie By The Slice”
WHERE: From The Land Festival in Green Lake, Wisconsin
WHEN: Sat Oct 15th (10-4) and Sun 16th (10-3) 2016
WHO: Open To Public

 

Northern Wisconsin NORML

Northern Wisconsin NORML is having the annual “Baked Sale”. The chapter hosts an annual fund raiser in which the focus is also on our parent organization, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

 

The chapter will have a Pie By The Slice Booth at the From The Land Festival in Green Lake on October 15th and October 16th, 2016 in which 50% of the profit from the event are donated directly to National NORML.

 

The chapter is open to new members and board directors/field activists will be on hand with an informational booth/display featuring hemp cannabis information and products. There will also be a glass artist featured at the event.

 

Please visit www.FromTheLandFestival.com for complete details of the festival, including other food vendors, artisans, speakers and directions to the event.

 

Facebook Event

 

We will change the law in Monona! For the price of a single marijuana possession fine in Monona with court costs ($313), we can send 920 postcards.

 

We’re in week 1 of collecting signatures in Monona, WI to place direct legislation on the general election ballot which will make marijuana possession law enforcement’s lowest priority. The word is spreading and we are gaining steam.

 

Come out to help us collect signatures, tell your friends who are in Monona or who might know someone in Monona. Win this $130 Nectar Collector if you collect the most signatures:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1026902944058547/?active_tab=posts

 

For every $34 donated, we can send 100 postcards.  Donate now!! Our goal is $626 (same as 2 Monona possession fines under current ordinance) in donations by June 15.  Every dollar goes to the Monona effort.

 

Look for the Banner every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday across from the Monona Public Library

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