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Rep. Allen calls for research on medical marijuana: federal government should reduce red tape for scientifically-based cannabis research, collect data on social effects.

West Waukesha Bypass: new road closures and construction updates...

Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention: Getting help for loved ones...

Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality: Policy recommendations this fall on stabilizing Wisconsin's water supply...

Beer with Scott: Kickoff on Oct. 3!...

Rep. Allen calls for better research on cannabis

Medical marijuana is becoming more prevalent throughout the country, with 33 states having approved comprehensive, publicly available medical marijuana/cannabis programs.  However, there are very few peer-reviewed studies done on the efficacy of cannabis for medical use or its potential for harm. Unfortunately, the lack of data makes it difficult for policymakers to adjust laws.  

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This past Wednesday, 12 legislative colleagues and I sent a letter to Wisconsin's congressional delegation asking them to explore ways of reducing regulatory red tape surrounding research into cannabis.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the agency in the best position to determine the efficacy and safety of new medicines.

Additionally, the federal government should serve as a resource for gathering and disseminating data on cannabis use and its potential link to violent crime, domestic abuse, child neglect, and mental health

You can read the full letter and view those who signed it by following the link here.

Most respondents to the Spring Survey had a nuanced view which supports research into medical marijuana. Just 20.7% of respondents believe all marijuana use should continue to be prohibited.  


West Waukesha Bypass Construction Update

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Work on the West Waukesha Bypass continues to progress. On Monday, September 23, access changes will be put in place to allow the contractor to complete the grading and paving of the southbound lanes at the North end of the project. The following access changes will be necessary though late October: 

Kame Terrace and Merrill Hills Court: access to and from Kame Terrace and Merrill Hills Court will only be available via the north. With road closures at Madison Street, traffic will need to utilize Madison Street to the east. 

Kisdon Hill Drive: access to and from Kisdon Hill Drive will only be available via the south. With road closures at Madison Street, west of Merrill Hills and Merrill Hills south of Kame Terrance, traffic will need to utilize Madison Street to the east. 

Residents south of Fiddlers Creek: with the road closure just south of your driveway, all access to and from your driveway will be via the north. 

You can get all the construction updates, maps, closures and more information for this project by clicking on this link.

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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Wisconsin.  Legislators on the Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention have held hearings around the state, and are slated to release policy recommendations this fall.  The task force has policy goals of supporting those struggling, promoting training to recognize the signs, and stopping the rising trend of suicide in Wisconsin.

Click here to stay up to date on the task force's updates and potential new legislation. 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or a loved one is struggling with this issue, please call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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After several months touring the State and hearing testimony from constituents and stake holders in Wisconsin, the bipartisan Task Force has returned to Madison with the aim of protecting and stabilizing Wisconsin's water supply.

Click here to stay up to date on the committee's activities and potential new legislation.

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Have a concern or idea for state government? Beer with Scott is kicking off again, and Rep. Allen wants to hear from you. 

The Beer with Scott format is simply pre-scheduled, one-on-one, ten-minute meetings with constituents right before the Thursday Night Football game.  We saw a great response last fall, and want to continue these productive interactions.

The first Beer with Scott this fall will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 pm. at Sobelman's Waukesha -332 Williams St, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Constituents interested in talking with Representative Allen are asked to schedule a 10-minute time slot by contacting his office. Appointments will be made on a first-scheduled, first served basis. To schedule a meeting, call 608-266-8580, email