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December 27, 2007

A look back at Cannabis and Wisconsin in 2007: Part One

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, December 27, 2007

A look back at Cannabis and Wisconsin in 2007: Part One

2007 began with some unfinished business from Harvest Fest 36, relating to the arrest at the beginning of the parade by a UW police officer of the passer and passee of a "white cylindrical object".

This incident, the only arrests at the annual free speech protected parade, ended up costing taxpayers untold thousands of dollars. After refilling the charges as felony distribution, the case was eventually settled as a county ordinance violation.

Tue, 13 Feb 2007
Marijuana Case Lights Up Court

Read entire article: click here
Source: The Capital Times

Wed, 28 Feb 2007
Harvest Fest alleged joint-passing case proceeds as felony distribution

Read entire article: click here

Wed, 14 Feb 2007
Picket at Courthouse before hearing, Judge rules as expected

More than a half dozen people, myself included, braved below zero windchills to picket the Dane County Courthouse this morning before the hearing in the Lankford case. Meanwhile, as the same time, DA Brian Blanchard was preparing to announce a new policy where all cannabis cases involving less than 25 grams as well as all paraphernalia cases would be filed as county ordinance violations. This contrasts to other Wisconsin counties and municipalities with local ordinances where they may choose to file criminal charges or use the ordinance.

Read entire article: click here.

Thursday, March 8, 2007
Bipartisan hemp bill introduced in Wisconsin

I was up at the Capitol today and stopped by Rep. Gene Hahn's office to find out if his hemp bill had been posted yet, and it was. Assembly Bill 146's sponsors include an impressive array of Wisconsin lawmakers from across the political spectrum, from liberal Democrats like Reps. Mark Pocan and Frank Boyle to conservative Republicans including Sen. Dale Schultz and Rep. Scott Gunderson. Schultz, who has cosponsored prior hemp bills, was the Senate majority leader last session, before it changed hands.

Read entire article: click here.

Fri 09 Mar 2007
Text of Dane County DA memo on new pot policy

For those who have not yet seen it, here is the memo from DA Blanchard that announced the change in policy. This originally appeared on the WTDY website.

Read entire article: click here.

Mon 12 Mar 2007
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Editorial: Small marijuana cases shouldn't be prosecutors' priority

The editor of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Don Huebscher, weighed in with this editorial supporting decriminalization policies at both the Dane and Eau Claire County DA's offices. It's good to see that the futility of cannabis prohibition is as evident to observers outside of Madison as to those here.

Read entire article: click here.

Wed 14 Mar 2007
NORML.ORG: Industrial Hemp Bill Introduced in Wisconsin

The National office of NORML just put out the following alert on Wisconsin's latest hemp bill, AB 146, with a link to send your state lawmakers a pre-written message asking for their support. Please take a moment to let state legislators know that it's time to let state farmers reap the economic benefits of cannabis hemp.

Read entire article: click here.

Tue 10 Apr 2007
State Journal: Board members rip marijuana prosecution

The rebuke of Brian Blanchard by Dane County Supervisors made the Wisconsin State Journal today. Blanchard is quoted as saying the Lankford prosecution is "sensible". I hope Dane County voters are filing these statements by Blanchard away for the next election, because each time he opens his mouth regarding this case he sounds more and more out of touch with the prevailing community sentiments.

Read entire article: click here.

Tue 10 Apr 2007
State Journal: After 30 years, another push to relax pot laws

Sandy Cullen from the Wisconsin State Journal wrote this fine article around Madison Ordinance 23.20 anniversary and Madison NORML's recent commemoration. The print version is accompanied by a 1979 photo showing Madisonians smoking a 3-foot long doobie at some cannabis event, and a more recent photo of a couple of young gents smoking white cylindrical objects while sitting at a table. Almost looks like it could be a cannabis coffeeshop, although it's apparently a private residence, although one can dream.

Read entire article: click here.

Thu 12 Apr 2007
Capital Times editorial: Madison & marijuana

The Capital Times on Wednesday published an editorial noting the recent anniversary of Ord. 23.20, and editorializing in favor of a statewide decriminalization law to "bring state law in line with local ordinances - and the clear intent of the citizenry."

Read entire article: click here.

Wed 18 Apr 2007
Special delivery for Rep. Vukmir!

State Rep, Leah Vukmir's outrageous comments about medical marijuana from an April 10, 2007 Wisconsin State Journal article have kind of hung in the air since I first read them over the phone to my friend Jacki Rickert:

Read entire article: click here.

Thu 19 April 2007
Hemp bill hearing and a busy day at the Capitol

Wednesday was a busy day at the Capitol, with the legislature in session and a number of public hearings scheduled throughout the day. In Room NW-328, the Committee on Rural Economic Development gave a good reception to Assembly Bill 146, which proposes the state study allowing farmers to produce agricultural hemp.

Read entire article: click here.

Mon 23 Apr 2007
Letter: DA Wastes Resources On Vindictive Pot Case

Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal, on Page C2, the Forum section, contains a kinder and gentler version of a letter I submitted about the Lankford hearing on Tuesday.

Read entire article: click here.

Mon 23 Apr 2007 4:20 p.m.
Lankford Hearing canceled!

I have just received word that the hearing scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Chris Lankford has been canceled, as the DA has requested it be reset for a status conference. No further information is available at this time.

Read entire article: click here.

Fri 11 May 2007
Washburn Wisconsin decriminalizes possession of small amounts of cannabis

Yet another lakeshore Wisconsin community, this time tiny Washburn on Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin, has joined other municipalities in decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis. This has to be good news for a town with long winters that has seen harsh enforcement in the past.

Read entire article: click here.

Wed 2 May 2007
An open letter to Rep. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa from Jacki Rickert

With 2 weeks having passed since the delivery of Jacki's first letter to Rep. Vukmir click here, her second letter was emailed to Rep. Vukmir's office this morning. Will Rep. Vukmir continue to ignore Jacki's letters on behalf of Wisconsin patients, or will she have the integrity to respond this time?

Read entire article: click here

Thu 10 May 2007
Two Rivers City Council decriminalizes less than 8 grams of cannabis

Back in February I noted that Manitowoc was considering this move click here, and now the Manitowoc City Concil has passed it.

Read entire article: click here.

Fri 18 May 2007
Phillips Wisconsin Common Council adopts municipal ordinance for cannabis possession

Yet another Wisconsin community, this time Phillips in Price County in far northern Wisconsin, has adopted a municipal ordinance covering possession of cannabis. Phillips, with a population of around 1500, becomes at least the third community in Wisconsin to make possession of small amounts of cannabis an ordinance violation in a matter of weeks.

Read entire article: click here.

Sat 19 May 2007
Verona Press Police Report reveals motorist exercising 4th Amendment rights

Small town newspapers' police reports often make interesting reading, with the diverse and sometimes bizarre situations police officers encounter as they go about their duties. For example, this item, transcribed from the actual hard copy of the May 3, 2007 Verona Press, was preceded by an item about a cat stuck in a wall, and its promised rescue by a local carpenter police contacted.

Read entire article: click here.

Wed 23 May 2007
Dr. Tod Mikuriya's Wisconsin connections

The cannabis community is still reeling from the passing of Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a Renaissance man to say the least, as well as a walking library on the medical uses of cannabis and much more.

Read entire article: click here.

Wed 13 Jun 2007
Letter in USA Today: Medical marijuana is a key alternative

My friend Jim Miller gets an assist for a letter I had published in today's USA Today, with a print edition circulation of 2.5 million or so.

Read entire article: click here.

Wed 20 Jun 2007
MANITOWOC: Tickets for marijuana possession OK'd

In February, we passed along a report that the Manitowoc, Wisconsin city council was considering making first-time cannabis possession cases under 8 grams a city ordinance violation click here. On June 19, Manitowoc's Herald Times Reporter reported the city has now passed the ordinance.

Read entire article: click here

Thu 28 Jun 2007
DA settles Lankford case with County pot ticket

The felony case against Chris Lankford died with a whimper yesterday as the Dane County District Attorney's office finally dropped its reefer madness posturing and settled it as a Dane County ordinance violation and a $249 fine.

Read entire article: click here.

Posted by Gary at December 27, 2007 02:36 PM


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