WHEELERweek – Marijuana

As published by The Wheeler Report – Friday, May 3, 1991

Senate consideration of a bill giving local government authority to regulate possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession was defeated when Senate President Risser took it under advisement on a point of order. That debate is expected to resume on Tuesday, when the Senate meets in floor session again.

April 30 Senate Journal (Page 223)

May 7 Senate Journal (Page 232)

And Today …

There are currently three bills (not including companion bills) relating to marijuana in the current session, as well as one proposal still being circulated for co-sponsors.

AJR-7 / SJR-10
The bill, if passed, would trigger an advisory referendum on medical marijuana at the next general election.  The question that would appear on the ballot is: “Medical Marijuana. Should the state of Wisconsin allow individuals with debilitating medial conditions to use and safely access marijuana for medical purposes if those individuals have a written recommendation from a licensed Wisconsin physician?”

  • Authors: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton)
  • Current status: Both bills have been referred to committees. Neither has been scheduled for further action
  • Authors February 6 press release

AB-75 / SB-38
The bill allows for medical use of marijuana.

  • Authors: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton)
  • Current status: Both bills have been referred to committees. Neither has been scheduled for further action
  • Authors February 6 press release

AB-409 / SB-318
The bill reduces the penalties for possession of 10 grams or less marijuana to a $100 forfeiture for a first offense violation.

  • Authors: Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison)
  • Current status: Both bills have been referred to committees. Neither has been scheduled for further action

LRB-2457
The bill legalizes, regulates, and taxes marijuana.

  • Author: Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) Memo
  • Current Status: Not yet introduced as a bill
  • Sargent press release and FAQ
  • WisconsinEye press conference video