Here is the link to the actual resolution they passed in March 2019: https://www.wxpr.org/sites/wxpr/files/marijuana_resolution.pdf
I will save you the trouble of reading his whole interview entitled 89th Assembly District: Election Q&A with Republican John Nygren of Marinette. Link here if you really care, otherwise here is the marijuana part of his candidate profile question and answer:
Would you support changing state law to legalize marijuana and/or cannabis products? If so, under what conditions? If not, why?
I do not support legalizing marijuana under any conditions. Marijuana is a mind-altering substance which should be approached with caution and I believe we need to know more about the long-term effects of marijuana use before legalizing it.
Add this guy is the one in charge of the HOPE agenda to tackle opioid abuse, has this guy just not read about harm reduction or is there something else going on… Just watch, by the end of 2019 he will be using the words support medical marijuana followed by some other Republican spin. He will do this to collect votes.
Come share in the laughter and fun at the Blazin’ BBQ!
Only $5 at the gate gets you access to:
-Live Music provided by artists from: Commuter Exit, Living Dread, members from SLM and Recalcitrant, as well as DJ Dan K and surprise guests… bring an instrument for the acoustic jam if you like too.
-Sign support letters for Wisconsin’s medical cannabis Bill and have input on the drafting of this piece of legislation with you State Reps.
-Support the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 – HR 2306 with letters for your Federal Representatives.
-Support the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act – HR 1983 with letters for your Federal Representatives.
-Support The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 – HR 1831 with letters for your Federal Representatives.
-Activist information, speeches and information on how WI can change Wisconsin’s Cannabis laws
Free (meat or veggie) burgers, hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken, lemonade and/or water with admission. Bring you own beverage of choice if you choice.
And much more!
Bring huli-hoops, your dancing shoes, instruments for jam circles, random BBQ items of your choice if you’d like something different or to share, don’t forget smiles, and your activist spirit! Wisconsin’s newly emerging leader in cannabis reform welcomes you to network through our mutual support for the end of adult cannabis prohibition.
At this time there are several issues that require your involvement to make change and happen. The next Jacki Ric0kert Medical Cannabis Bill, (6th consecutive Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Bill) is being discussed at a drafting, sponsoring and co-sponsoring level. Wisconsin’s State Legislature Representatives need your direct input on this Bill. Please share your thoughts and support for this Bill, and ask them to Sponsor or Co-Sponsor it if they are not already! You can do so easily at this event with our simple form letters, (space provided for your comments.)
Also please send a letter to your Federal Representative regarding HR 2306, the Ending Federal Prohibition Act of 2011, sponsored by Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, and Congressman Barry Frank. This Bill desperately needs to receive a hearing to move forward and is stalled presently. We need your letters of support to urge your elected officials to support this necessary piece of Legislation.
Yes WI Can-nibis!! Be the change Wisconsin! Join us in support of the end of cannabis prohibition for adults recreation-ally, all medical patients, industrial applications, religious and other natural uses for cannabis.
As part of our membership kick off, if you would like to join SE Wisconsin NORML at this event, you become a yearly member for a small donation of $10.00 (a $25 value), of which $5 from your door fee is applied towards your membership!!! That’s right, for only $10 total, you can enjoy food, music and cannabis reform in Wisconsin, as well as join Wisconsin’s emerging leader in cannabis reform, SE Wisconsin NORML!
Note: Marijuana/cannabis is illegal in Wisconsin. This private event is organized for supporters of the reform of cannabis laws to help raise money for legalizing cannabis via the State and Federal Government primarily. Obviously, do not bring illegal drugs. We reserve the right to deny access to anyone, at any time, at our discretion. Please remain chill and enjoy yourselves! Thanks for supporting the end of cannabis prohibition!
The La Crosse Tribune reports: Mayor Harter rejects pot proposal
La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter again has vetoed a move to make first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana a municipal rather than criminal offense.
While it might be useful for police to have the option to issue a ticket and fine, Harter said Tuesday the community still perceives the ordinance as “this city is increasing tolerance on the use (of marijuana) and substance abuse.”
The proposal by District 3 Alderman Chris Olson would allow law enforcement to cite first-time possession of up to 7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as a municipal offense rather than misdemeanor.
But the city’s police department has indicated they do not want that option, Harter noted. If they do not plan to use it, “then there really is nothing good that’s going to come out of it,” he said.
Olson called the veto “expected,” even though the option would provide “a second chance for youth” and revenue to the city, half of which would go to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, program.
The council passed the ordinance 11-4, but 12 votes would be needed to override the veto. Council members John Satory and Jai Johnson were absent Thursday and might support the measure, but there’s no guarantee other council members won’t change their vote in light of the veto, Olson said.
Harter’s veto of a similar measure in November ended up two votes shy of an override. If it again falls short, Olson said he will not bring the proposal back.
“I’ll let somebody else do it,” Olson said. “I gave it my chance.”
The mayor also vetoed filling nine vacant city positions, including an assistant fire chief, a civil engineer and a building inspector.
Harter said most of the departments have managed to perform “at a level that’s acceptable” so far and the city needs time to examine its staffing levels before going forward with additional hiring.
The council’s votes on each hiring were near-unanimous so a veto override is possible, council president Audrey Kader said.
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In an article Election Q&A: Wis. State Assembly, 86th District candidates Published on October 30, 2018, Rep. Sprios had this to say when asked about marijuana reform:
Voters in Marathon County will be asked to weigh in on medical marijuana in this election. What are your views on medical marijuana? What about recreational marijuana?
This session, the legislature legalized the possession of CBD oil, which can be an alternative to medical marijuana. This allows families who have exhausted all options another treatment alternative. This oil has shown promise in treating seizure disorders, especially among young children. However, I am reticent to legalize recreational marijuana until law enforcement has way to calculate how “high” someone is to determine their level of impairment, much like we do with alcohol. Additionally, new research has shown that not only is recreational marijuana not the economic boost originally projected, but incidents involving car crashes are higher in states where marijuana is legalized, not to mention car insurance rates are higher. So I am waiting to see how this plays out before voting to legalize it in our state.
Northern Wisconsin NORML founder and current board member Jay Selthofner recently covered The 2020 Wisconsin Hemp Hero Awards on his blog and helped provide some insight into the future of cannabis reform in Wisconsin:
Hemp is only one aspect of cannabis reform and with only a hundredth of a percent now distinguishing hemp from marijuana, are the recently named “Hemp Heros” in Wisconsin going to understand the complexity of the issues at hand and reform the cannabis laws beyond “Industrial Hemp”.
The recent articles naming the legislators receiving the inaugural awards shows the bipartisan and overwhelming support for the passage of our Industrial Hemp Program for Wisconsin, but when we compare these awards to the the grades NORML assigns them and history of the legislators receiving the awards, I do not know if I can completely agree with the list or the term hero applied so liberally.
The Democrats Pocan and Taylor have consistently supported hemp cannabis reform both receiving an A+ grade from NORML, while Rep. Considine received a B+. On the Republican side, only Senator Patrick Testin received a passing grade, while Rep. Kurtz and Congressman Grothman continue to fail on the issue of total plant freedom/marijuana reform in the eyes of NORML.
I am not saying these gentleman do not need to be recognized for their work on industrial hemp, but I am saying these elected officials need to recognize there is still work to be done on the issue.
Here is the article that prompted my comments above:
With a gubernatorial proclamation declaring October 18 as “Wisconsin Hemp Day”, the Wisconsin Hemp Alliance is recognizing six legislators for their outstanding leadership in promoting hemp and their unwavering commitment to fighting for our state’s hemp farmers.
“The last four years have seen a whirlwind of activity for the movement to legalize hemp in Wisconsin and around the country”, stated Rob Richard, President of the Wisconsin Hemp Alliance. “Fortunately, Wisconsin has an incredible bi-partisan group of leaders at both the state and federal level who vigorously and consistently fight to regulate hemp as an agricultural commodity and give our farmers the opportunity to grow and process this very versatile and sustainable crop.”
The Hemp Hero Award is given in recognition of exceptional leadership and support for the hemp industry. Meeting this threshold may include; authoring or co-sponsoring legislation to foster research, regulation and market opportunities for hemp and hemp by-products; co-signing letters to government leaders or agency officials to help break down bureaucratic barriers; and actively promoting hemp and hemp farmers in the media, at conferences or other public gatherings.
Recipients of the inaugural 2020 “Hemp Hero” awards are:
State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point)
State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee)
State Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc)
State Representative Dave Considine (D-Baraboo)
Congressman Mark Pocan (D, WI 2nd District)
Congressman Glenn Grothman (R, WI 6th District)
“After nearly 70 years of hemp prohibition, we need to thank all those officials who did not forget Wisconsin’s long and storied history of being a national leader in hemp production in the first half of the twentieth century. Along with Pocan and Grothman, Congressman Ron Kind, Congressman Mike Gallagher, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson all supported the position to remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act,” Richard concluded. “Also, considering that the Wisconsin Legislature was the first legislative body in the country to unanimously pass a hemp pilot program into law, we are very fortunate to have such strong support amongst the congressional delegation and state legislature for this new and growing industry.” – source
Wisconsin’s hemp industry is also applauding Thursday’s decision by the state to continue operating under the original pilot program for another year instead of transitioning to the new state plan with different USDA restrictions. National Hemp Day was February 4th. – source
The 2nd District of the Wisconsin Senate is located in Eastern Wisconsin, and is currently composed of parts of Brown, Outagamie, Shawano, and Waupaca Counties. The district does not contain the entirety of, but is adjacent to the Green Bay metro area.
Robert Cowles is the senator serving the 2nd district. He has served since 1987, and has been re-elected to another four-year terms ever since. Before serving as a senator, he held an office in the State Assembly from 1982 to 1986.
The area of the 2nd Senate District contains three State Assembly Districts:
- The 4th (represented by David Steffen)
- The 5th (represented by Jim Steineke )
- The 6th (represented by Gary Tauchen)
We have a field activist from the 6th Assembly District and he would like to start networking with other voters in the district to continue work on reform locally and with Assembly Rep. Tauchen and Senator Cowles.
The 6th district comprises most of Shawano County along with northwestern Outagamie County and neighboring towns in eastern Waupaca County. (District Map Link)
If you have have been active in this area of the state or want to start becoming more active, please send us an email to NorthernWiNORML@gmail.com and include “Field Activist” in your subject line.