The Rock County Prevention Network hosted the candidates running for Senate and Assembly at a forum focused on healthy communities. Rock County’s candidates provided their views and opinions on a variety of topics including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and heroin. Candidates present include: Amy Loudenbeck, Mark Spreitzer, Andy Jorgensen, Deb Kolste, Dan Kilkenny, Brian Fitzgerald, and Janis Ringhand. Taped by JATV Media Services at Hedberg Public Library on October 1, 2014.
The race here will be decided on August 11th, 2020 in a primary. With no Democrat filed in the 98th Assembly District (Map), the Republican gets the job, but which one. Rob Ochoa (R) to challenge Adam Neylon (R). Let’s examine the two under the microscope of marijuana reform. The 98th District is primary Pewaukee, Sussex and Waukesha in Waukesha County.
Republican assembly representative Adam Neylon from Pewaukee has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.
Rep. Neylon received a failing grade from NORML during the 2019-20 legislative session.
Holds office State Assembly District 98
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On July 22, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed incumbent Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) who is running for re-election for the 98th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
In the interview, Neylon hints he may support whatever the Republicans still got cooking from last session on the medicinal end, but on recreational is a step to far, revenue alone is not the reason to legalize, he says public policy should not be set because it could generate revenue. He says public policy should be set off public safety, public health, driving concerns and if Wisconsin takes the step of regulation, you would have to create a large government agency. He says other states had to regulate it, including testing, packaging and he wants to be slow and deliberate about it this, there has been work done in previous sessions, particular medical and medical would be be a first step before jumping into recreational.
On July 22, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Rob Ochoa (R-Pewaukee) who is running for the 98th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
In the interview, Rob Ochoa stated he did not support medical nor recreational marijuana, labeling it a gateway drug and that his district does not support it.
Although the 98th District is primarily the village of Pewaukee, it does border the City of Waukesha and has Waukesha residents voting in it, which in 2018 passed an advisory referendum on marijuana by 77%.
Direct contact info for voters of Pewaukee, Waukesha, Sussex: Rob For Wisconsin
Primary Election is Tuesday August 11, 2020
Learn more about requesting an absentee ballot / voting by mail at MyVote.Wi.Gov
This legislation is known as No Smoking – No Home Grow – Pharma Pot Products Bill will have more information come out as it is in the co-sponsorship phase. Each Republican Senator and Assembly Representative that signs on will be another vote for marijuana reform of some sort in Wisconsin. No bill is perfect and this one still faces huge opposition and two uphill battles in the committees before they can even get a public hearing.
At public hearings you can show up and testify to the merits of the legislation pending. Watch closely because these hearings are scheduled quickly and will be in Madison.
Patients who want flower products to smoke under this proposed program would not be covered and thus still illegal. Patients who want to smoke will turn to the black market or the legal market in every state around Wisconsin. Patients will grow their own marijuana in Wisconsin, they just will not be protected under this proposed program.
We all know the no smoking and no home growing bill will still put patients in jeopardy. That is why with the companion of SB 577 / LRB-3608 known as Decriminalization is just as important for our elected officials to consider. Not only at the state level, but the state under SB 577 gave municipalities another angle in local reform. As we know in the past articles, cities in Wisconsin have form of decriminalization covered in ordinances. Cities like Monona and Sturgeon Bay have even removed the penalty for possession in private homes.
SB 577 eliminates 1) the penalty for possession of marijuana if the amount of marijuana involved is no more than 28 grams; 2) the penalty for manufacturing or for possessing with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver if the amount of marijuana involved is no more than 28 grams or the number of plants involved is no more than two; and 3) the penalty for distributing or delivering marijuana if the amount of marijuana involved is no more than 28 grams or the number of plants involved is no more than two.
SB 577 retains the current law penalty for distributing or delivering any amount of marijuana to a minor who is no more than 17 years of age by a person who is at least three years older than the minor. The bill limits local governments to enacting ordinances prohibiting only the possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana.
The bill also prohibits establishing probable cause that a person is violating the prohibition against possessing more than 28 grams of marijuana by an odor of marijuana or by the possession of not more than 28 grams of marijuana. Current law requires that, when determining the weight of controlled substances, the weight includes the weight of the controlled substance together with any compound, mixture, or other substance mixed or combined with the controlled substance. Under the bill, when determining the amount of tetrahydrocannabinols, only the weight of the marijuana may be considered.
Finally, the bill creates a process for expunging or dismissing convictions involving less than 28 grams of marijuana that occurred before this bill takes effect.
It would be great if we approached our county and city elected officials about duplicating this state decriminalization measure at your local level!
We’ll discuss actions that young people can take to legalize medical and recreational marijuana and expunge criminal records for cannabis-related offenses.
Executive Director Kris Teegardin will be joining as a panelist. Stay tuned for announcements of other special guest panelists!
Thu, Apr 23, 4:20pm–5:20pm CDT
|Town Hall Meetings are a excellent time to meet with your elected officials one on one. Always remember to bring something of value to the table also.
I have included the active Federal Legislation and links to them for more information. You may want to also use the “Fact Sheets” available at https://norml.org/marijuana/fact-sheets to accompany your request for the Congressman to support legislation if you desire.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Here is the information I got from Congressman Grothman email:
|One of the most important parts of my job is hearing your feedback so I can make your voice heard in Washington, D.C. That is why I’ll be hosting three town hall meetings on January 20, 2020. The times and locations are below.
I hope to see you there!
Monday, January 20, 2020
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Algoma Town Hall
15 N. Oakwood Road
Oshkosh, WI 54904
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Burnett Town Hall
W6273 Park Drive
Burnett, WI 53922
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Oakfield Town Hall
130 N. Main Street
Oakfield, WI 53065
- Chairman’s Bill: Support the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act
- Join the Caucus: Tell your Congressional Representative to join the recently formed federal Cannabis Caucus
- Veterans Medical Access: Support The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act
- Veterans Medical Research: Mandate the VA Conduct Clinical Trials for Medical Cannabis
- End Criminalization: Support the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
- Banking: The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act)
What is Weed?
A Plant of Moderation for the Nation
Employment Manger: “Weed is one of the best employment makers we have. Since re-legalization, weed has made over a million jobs. And those jobs are distributed in a communities all over the country.”
Tax Collector: “Weed is a might important tax payer. Public revenues from weed exceed 400 million dollars a year…..more than a million dollars everyday! And remember, weed taxes make other taxes lower.”
Farmer: “Weed is a real boon to the farmer. Since 1933, the growing industry has used annually the crops of 3 million farm acres. A good customer and a new market…..a life saver for many farmers in recent lean years.”
Average Citizen: “Say listen, you fellows. You think you know what weed is. I’ll tell you what you weed really is. To me, and to millions like me, weed is just one thing…a grand plant.”
Business Man: “The return of hemp with weed has brought increased business volume to more than 100 industries supplying materials and service, making more jobs for workers. Hemp benefits business everywhere.”
Housewife: “I’ll tell you what weed is…..an ideal thing to use for entertainment at home. And here’s a tip…..It’s smart and economical to serve weed at parties….keeps them on the moderation side, too.”
Doctor: “Weed is an appetite builder, often prescribed for convalescents. It’s mild and wholesome; perfect for patients in moderation. You’re not likely to experience harsh side-effects if you stick to weed.”
Police Chief: “Weed is on the side of law and order…the growers are actively cooperating with enforcement officials to stamp out any conditions not in the public interest that may exist where weed is sold.”
Dispensary: “It took centuries of experience to learn how to cultivate weed as good as it is. Now we want to keep weed retailing as wholesome as weed itself. We have a mighty interesting program, and we’d like to tell you about it.”
Poet: “Ah weed! The plant of kings….nectar of all mankind. Compounded from warm sunshine falling on fields of golden green. It is a plant of friendship, good company, and good inspiration.”
KNOW THE FACTS….. You should inform yourself as to the program of the growing and dispensing industry, in cooperation with law enforcement authorities to “clean-up” and “close-up” the small minority of law-violating places which abuse the license to sell weed. The growers want to protect your right to buy weed in decent, respectable surroundings.
Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn counties. Portions of Chippewa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, and Wood counties are also in the district.
Wisconsin voter? Dates you need to know.
Primary Elections February 18, 2020
General Election May 12, 2020
Polling place hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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