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Democrat Lee Snodgrass view on marijuana

Lee Snodgrass
Lee Snodgrass

Democrat Lee Snodgrass will face incumbent Republican state Sen. Roger Roth for the District 19 Senate seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

She and Senator Roth disagree on many items, including marijuana reform. The video below contains interviews with both of them on the subject.

Snodgrass, 49, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Outagamie County, is making her first run for public elected office. She lives in Appleton and is the director of communications for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.

Roth, 40, of Appleton, is seeking re-election to the state Senate seat he won in 2014. He has served as president of the Senate since January 2017.

District 19 includes Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Winneconne, Larsen and Greenville.

In the 2018 race, here is the question about marijuana asked of the candidates:

6. Would you support changing state law to legalize marijuana and/or cannabis products? If so, under what conditions? If not, why?

Roth: I don’t believe there’s enough data available to understand how it would affect our society in a number of important areas. Some initial statistics from states where it’s legal show an increase in fatal crashes attributable to drivers testing positive solely for marijuana. Our local law enforcement officials are against it, and it’s unclear how they could accurately and immediately test for driving under the influence of marijuana in the same way as they test for alcohol. I am also concerned that legalization could make marijuana even more accessible to minors as well as the health consequences from smoking.

Snodgrass: Yes, I would support legalization of medical marijuana first. A majority of surveyed medical professionals believe medical marijuana should be a legal option of patients dealing with chronic pain. Medical marijuana could provide compassionate care as an option for the sick or suffering. Positive impact on relief from pain or symptoms of many health concerns is proven. There is evidence that medical marijuana can reduce opioid dependency. I would be willing to support full legalization after studying the impact and if state advisory referendums show the majority support it. If we legalize it, we can regulate it, and create revenue.


Candidate Lee Snodgrass also completed out 2018 Candidate Survey found here:

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