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August Schutz (D) vs Robert Wittke (R)

Rep. Robert Wittke Marijuana Record
Rep. Robert Wittke Marijuana Record

Elected in 2018, this Republican freshman assembly representative from Racine did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Holds office State Assembly District 62. District Map

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August Schutz. Of course you want to know candidates stance on marijuana reform. That is exactly what I asked this candidate and he replied “I think that Recreational Marijuana should be legalized in the State of Wisconsin, rather than being considered a controlled substance“. I look forward to following his campaign this election cycle.

August Schutz has also completed our 2020 Candidate Questionnaire and here are his answers:

Please provide a position statement regarding legalizing the medical use of marijuana.
Millions of Americans that are suffering right now should be able to have access to legal medical marijuana to help with their pain. If hospitals are able to prescribe highly addictive pain killers to patients, they should also be able to provide a natural medicine, such as marijuana.
August Schutz for Assembly
August Schutz for Assembly
Please provide a position statement regarding decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana.
The State of Wisconsin’s prison population has risen tremendously in the last few decades. Decriminalizing the possession of marijuana would help reduce the prison population along with decreasing the budget allocated for prisons.
Please provide a position statement regarding automatic expungement of non-violent marijuana possession convictions.
I support automatic expungement of non-violent marijuana possession convictions.
Please provide a position statement regarding legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana by adults.
I am completely for legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana. I have seen the direct effects that the war on drugs has had on our country. With legalized recreational marijuana, our state would be able to earn revenue accrued from the taxes while spending less money on law enforcement. This would also help reduce our prison population. It is absurd that some of our neighboring states have legal recreational marijuana, while here we are still enforcing a policy that has taken a toll on millions of citizens.

From his Facebook Page:

There needs to be change in Madison. My name is August Schutz and that is why I am running for the Wisconsin State Assembly. I attended Raymond Elementary School, Union Grove High School before getting my degree at the University of Minnesota in Agricultural and Food Business Management with a Minor in Business Law. During my time as a student I had the honor of interning at the Minnesota State Senate where I saw how government worked first-hand.

Representative Wittke and the rest of the Wisconsin GOP Leadership have failed to put Wisconsinites first. Giving billions of dollars in tax cuts to Foxconn and continuing to administer an election during the midst of a pandemic are only two of the many examples. We need a representative that puts his constituents over his party.

As a proud resident of the 62nd District my entire life, there would be no greater honor than to serve my fellow citizens. I truly care about my constituents and value their ideas and concerns on how to make our state better. In our current political climate, it is important to reach across party lines to create an effective government that works for the people. I look forward to working with my fellow assemblymen and women in order to to put Wisconsinites first.

Let’s get to work Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Marijuana Voter Information
Wisconsin Marijuana Voter Information

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