Republican Assembly District 30 Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) is not new to talking about marijuana reform this legislative session. He and other elected officials hashed out marijuana reform in their districts during February of 2019.
Of course we all know everything marijuana reform related in the budget was killed, gutted and left on the battle field, much like medical marijuana patients in Wisconsin.
But wait, what is this… a 2019 Spring Survey sponsored by the GOP Assembly Representatives. In the spring of 2019 after overwhelming support in the Wisconsin public marijuana referendums the previous fall, many of the Assembly GOP members held a spring survey which was posted online and sent in the email to people on their mailing list. The results of Assembly Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) spring survey are not surprising as 76.48% of his district supported medical marijuana.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.
We really feel we could have failed this legislator, but he does “support medical marijuana” in theory, and in the news…. but with no action this session, if re-elected we expect his name on medical marijuana next session to receive a non-failing grade. Patients are sick, and sick of lip service on the issue!
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Sarah Yacoub is running for the 30th Assembly District to fight for kids, families, and communities. She says once again, the interests of our district are coming a distant second to agendas in Madison. Healthy people, healthy economy.
So I reached out to her and got an immediate reply about the topic of marijuana reform, but her campaign website best sums it up, cannabis reform is a priority!
Opioid addiction is ripping apart our communities. Doctors continue prescribing severely addictive medication like Vicodin and Oxycontin, while states that allow medical marijuana have witnessed a 25% reduction in opioid overdoses.
Veterans suffering with PTSD, cancer and chronic pain patients, kids with epilepsy or autism – these people are suffering needlessly. They should have access to doctor sanctioned medical marijuana without fear of becoming felons.
As a deputy district attorney, I’ve seen how marijuana is an effective gateway out of harder, more deadly and destructive addictions. We as tax payers spend so much money on marijuana prohibition and the costs simply aren’t justified by the infringements on personal liberty.
I stand with the majority of Wisconsinites that believe marijuana should be legal. I believe in strengthening law and policy that educate and distance children from exposure. Drug dealers don’t care about the age of the customer and don’t just sell pot. Licensed stores, like a liquor store, have a vested interest in checking IDs and keeping marijuana out of the hands of anyone under the age of 21.
Sarah Yacoub received an A+ rating from NORML.
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