The 23rd District of the Wisconsin Senate is located in western Wisconsin, and is currently composed of parts of Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Taylor, Eau Claire, Wood,and Marathon counties. The district area is mostly rural, with the exception of a portion of Eau Claire.
We watched this district election and during the 2018 campaign saw both the Democrat (Johnson) and Republican (James) oppose legalizing recreational marijuana. But having Law Enforcement (Republican James) on our side for medical marijuana cannot hurt, as the then candidate James expressed support for medical cannabis. Sticking to a campaign promise and having sponsored medical marijuana legislation his first term as a freshman Republican earned this legislator some respect from activists.
Senator Kathy Bernier had a goal to get a public hearing on the issue of medical marijuana for the 2019-2020 session. That is the first step in Wisconsin. Senator Bernier has taken more than first steps supporting marijuana reform. In 2017 she was an Assembly Representative and one of the first Republicans in a long time to support marijuana reform by sponsoring a decriminalization bill. Now in 2020, she is the lead in the Republican controlled Senate trying to navigate a bill through committee. She deserves and A for effort alone!
Assembly Rep Jesse James (R-Altoona) has scheduled listening sessions for Saturday, March 7th and Monday, March 9th. Senator Kathy Bernier will be joining him on Saturday, March 7th!
Saturday March 7th
13033 30th Ave.
Chippewa Falls, WI
Thorp Public Library
401 S. Conway Dr.
Kow Kickin Cafe
313 N. Main St.
13804 W. 7th St.
Monday, March 9th
Fall Creek Village Hall
122 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fall Creek, WI
Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 N. Stone St.
Fairchild Public Library
208 Huron St.
Coffee, Conversation, & Connection
March 14th 10:30am-12pm At Cabin Coffee in Altoona.
Rep James and Senator Bernier are hosting a coffee, conversation, and connection event at Cabin Coffee in Altoona on Saturday, March 14th from 10:30am-12pm. From Rep James email newsletter he says “If you are interested in meeting, or have something you would like to discuss with me, please feel free to stop by at any time. The coffee is delicious!”
As always, if you plant to attend the meeting and want or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact Northern Wisconsin NORML via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly at 920-931-4207.