The mission of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative is to advocate for progressive change in the Wisconsin justice system by educating the public about its real-life impacts and partnering with other organizations to achieve more just outcomes. According to their website, marijuana reform is one of the organizations top priorities.
I have been following and sharing the information and statistics this organization has been producing. I first became familiar with the “Pot Page” when they reviewed the 2016 arrest information for Milwaukee County. Since then, “The Pot Page” has covered many aspects and provided a variety of statistics on marijuana reform over the years. A simple search on their blog yields pages of search results with articles they have produced.
One of the most used pieces for me was the 2019 Pot Page. The analysis included cannabis cases filed in each of the state’s 72 counties. The analysis also shows that the filing rate of criminal cases varies widely across the state. In Waushara County, for example, one cannabis case was filed for every 120 county residents, the highest rate in the state; in Dane County, one case was filed for every 4,339 residents, the lowest filing rate statewide. The 2019 Pot Page also had some in depth articles and visuals in a blog article entitled: The Pot Page: Where The Busts Are
The 2021 Pot Page is sure to draw some attention also. They documented and graphed a decade’s worth of possession convictions and charted them out county by county. I am certainly looking forward to additional analysis of this data by the professionals at The Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
Please feel free to share this data with your elected officials and keep the cannabis conversation going in our state legislature.