Legalization in Wisconsin still faces many hurdles, including opposition from top GOP leaders. But our series, The Cannabis Question, provided crucial fodder for this public debate. News outlets across the country picked up these stories 433 times, reaching an estimated audience of 5.3 million people.
Category: The Cannabis Question
The Cannabis Question is a series by a University of Wisconsin-Madison investigative journalism class examining what would happen if Wisconsin were to legalize marijuana. The class is led by Dee J. Hall, managing editor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
Video — Behind the story: How Wisconsin Watch reported The Cannabis Question series
Managing editor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Dee J. Hall discusses the findings of The Cannabis Question series and the fact-checking process used by Wisconsin Watch in this video.
What’s the matter with marijuana? For some people, it’s dangerous
If Wisconsin were to legalize cannabis, teenagers, pregnant women and people with a family history of serious mental illness should avoid it, doctors warn.
Wisconsinites use cannabis as a medicine, but research and the law are not yet on their side
Marijuana’s illegality nationally makes it difficult to study, and its prohibition in Wisconsin makes it hard to obtain for people who rely on it for treatment.
List of federally approved marijuana medications in the U.S. is short
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has OK’d just four medicines containing cannabis-related products; other countries have approved more.
How a little pot can lead to big consequences for tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents
The hundreds of collateral consequences of low-level marijuana convictions include barriers to jobs, housing and financial aid.
‘I’m still discriminated against’: Wisconsin lawmakers propose easing burdens on marijuana offenders
Proposals could help those with past arrests or convictions seek jobs and other opportunities; experts say the existing expungement law is hard to navigate.
Marijuana Inc.: Billions at stake as states move to legalize cannabis
If Wisconsin legalizes medical or recreational marijuana, state regulations would drive whether small and minority-owned businesses thrive — or even survive.
Seeking economic justice through cannabis-related development
Entrepreneur Seke Ballard sees legalization as a way for people of color to get ahead after years of being harmed by marijuana laws.
Advice to immigrants: ‘Do not mess with marijuana’ even where it is legal
Immigrants face a danger of deportation if they possess or invest in marijuana, even in states where it is legal.
Blacks arrested for pot possession at four times the rate of whites in Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers’ decriminalization proposal focuses on decreasing racial disparities in arrests; experts point to policing practices as the main issue.
In Wisconsin, users of cannabis and CBD are as close as Main Street
Users of marijuana and its derivatives are everywhere — from children with serious illness to dogs, and in cities and a small town hair salon.