The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin, is a groundbreaking book from longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient/activist Gary Storck. In the book, Storck explores how cannabis first became illegal in Wisconsin, subsequent legislation that steeply increased penalties, and the efforts made in the last 50 plus years to undo it.

"A must read for those who want a resource offering a comprehensive look at the cannabis issue in Wisconsin"

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is "one part history book, one part memoir, and one part encyclopedia."

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin, the first book of its kind focusing on the state of Wisconsin, begins with the story of how the state came to pass its first law prohibiting marijuana in 1935, the legislation that further criminalized cannabis through the next several decades, and the efforts to undo or reduce the penalties of that prohibition beginning in the late 1960s to date. The book also examines stories about the enforcement of cannabis prohibition and those caught up in it and how these cases were resolved. This title is a must read for those who want a resource offering a comprehensive look at the cannabis issue in Wisconsin.

Using a variety of sources including news articles, copies of legislation, statutes, legislative journals, drafting records, state reports, arrest statistics, along with information derived from a lifetime of cannabis activism, etc., The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin brings together a multitude of information never before compiled into a single book. With public support for medical cannabis and adult use cannabis legalization at record levels in Wisconsin, The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is the ultimate resource for understanding this issue and how the state got to where it stands at today.

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin begins with an introduction and prologue with the main text of the book split into two parts. The first section covers the years 1934-1994 and consists of 32 chapters ranging in length from a page or two to more than a dozen pages. These chapters relate how and why lawmakers first made cannabis illegal, tell the stories of some of the people targeted, and offer details of efforts to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in the legislature and by citizens.

The chapters in Part Two, covering 1995 to late 2019, each cover a year and are arranged in a timeline by date, following the ever-increasing pace of efforts to ease cannabis prohibition in Wisconsin. While the 1995 chapter only contains one entry, there are more each year as efforts to reform cannabis laws slowly snowball over the years. The 2018 chapter closely follows the county and city advisory referendums that swept to victory in 16 counties and two cities in Nov. 2018 that finally elevated the issue politically to its highest level yet. The 2019 chapter lays out how the advisory referendums and the new governor and attorney general made cannabis legalization one of the state's biggest issues and the changes happening because of these factors. An epilogue looks at the future of the cannabis issue and the prospects for statewide legalization. The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is a unique book from an authentic viewpoint that tells the story of the state's failed war on pot in great detail from its inception.

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is available from the author via CannabadgerMedia.com and will soon be on Amazon.com and at book stores through IngramSpark.

SKU: 978-0578593173
$24.95
Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Reviews

"Gary combines his first hand experience with a vast amount of research to write the definitive source for the history of cannabis in Wisconsin. You will not find a more complete history anywhere else!"
- Angela Janis, MD, FAPA, Madison, WI
"An impressive, detailed account of the marijuana legalization movement in the state of Wisconsin by someone who was at the center of it all; a must read for anyone new to the issue."
- Keith Stroup, Founder, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
Gary Storck is a long-time Wisconsin cannabis activist, founder of cannabadger.com (where he shares news about cannabis in the state) and the former president of local chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). After decades of activism, he chose to share his expertise in a book, The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin, which he says is “one part history book, one part memoir and one part encyclopedia.”

The title couldn’t be any more explicit. Using his unique position at the heart of the fight for cannabis reform in Wisconsin, as well as an impressive amount of research, Storck gives a detailed account of cannabis-related events, laws and news stories from 1934 to October... [more]
- Jean-Gabriel Fernandez
Shepherd Express
“The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin” by Gary Storck
Marijuana legalization activist and Madison resident Gary Storck describes this book, a reflection of his life’s work, as “one part history book, one part memoir and one part encyclopedia.” That’s indeed how Storck, editor and publisher of Cannabadger.com, organized this comprehensive, nearly 400-page self-published reference book. Storck tracks the gradual changing of attitudes and support by Wisconsin residents for legalization of medical and recreational use of cannabis by citing polling data and news stories on the subject along the way. He includes his own story — using marijuana starting in his teens in the 1970s to treat the glaucoma he’s had since... [more]
- Joel Patenaude, Madison Magazine
Madison Magazine
"The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is a highly readable (pun intended) work of serious scholarship and an important historical record. It definitively documents legislative initiatives at the state and local level and recounts the arguments made through the years to tighten or loosen the penalties for pot. It deserves a wide, and open-eyed audience."
- Bill Lueders, Editor, The Progressive

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