WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Congressional candidate supports medical marijuana
OAK CREEK - Candidate for U.S. Congress Amardeep Kaleka says he supports the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Kaleka, who is running against Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, says his personal grief from the 2012 Sikh temple shooting led him to medicinal marijuana that helped him cope in California.
The 35-year-old Democrat says it’s disappointing that people in a similar situation do not have access to medicinal marijuana as an option. Medical marijuana is illegal in Wisconsin. Kaleka says he will work to make it available nationwide and decriminalizing recreational use.
A northeastern Wisconsin lawmaker has announced a run for secretary of state. Sister Bay Representative Gary Bies, a Republican, announced yesterday he would run against incumbent Douglas La Follette, a Democrat, and six other candidates. Bies has been a member of the state Assembly for 14 years, announcing in January that he would not seek re-election. In the past, Bies supported the efforts of Governor Scott Walker to eliminate the office he is running for but states his running is to “breathe new life” into the position.
According to local businesses, Milwaukee playing host to the NCAA Tournament has been nothing but sweet. Visit Milwaukee reports an estimated $4.6 million dollars is expected to impact the local economy around the Bradley Center, including several hotels reporting sell-outs for the two days of tournament action. Experts say the nice weather and Saint Patrick’s Day also helped with much-needed foot traffic and spending at local establishment.