Legislative Scorecard for 2019-2020. Part of the the comprehensive Smoke the Vote Candidate Scorecard and Voter Guide: https://vote.norml.org/
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Joel Jacobsen (D) vs Robin Vos (R)

Wisconsin’s 63rd District:

  • Burlington
  • Dover
  • Rochester
  • Union Grove
  • Yorkville
  • Sections of Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant and the Township of Burlington
Robin Vos Report Card
Robin Vos Report Card

One step above failure is Speaker Robin Vos.   In past news articles he has stated he would not sponsor legislation on the issue and holds up to that promise.  He gives false hopes to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin by saying he “supports medical marijuana”.  Rep. Vos has offered little more than stall tactics in even the basic steps of medical marijuana reform.

His inability to move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana through committee is clear that he is close to failure on the issue.

Holds office State Assembly District 63. Link to full Scorecard Grade.

Position on Marijuana Decriminalization:

In response to Tony Evers 2019 proposal:  “We’re not going to decriminalize it so people can carry around baggies of weed all over the state.”

Position on Medical Marijuana: When asked about his stance on medical marijuana in 2017, Vos answered: “I’m not an expert on medical marijuana, but I certainly have no problem saying, if you have a sincere medical need and your doctor prescribes it, and it’s done under the normal process of any other opiate, I would be open to that.” 

However, Vos said he would not offer medical marijuana legislation and did not expect such a bill to advance in the Assembly.

Contact Robin Vos; Email: Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov, Web: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/63/vos Phone: 608-266-9171


Joel Jacobsen is a cannabis reform supporter in all aspects. During the 2018 campaign he completed the entire candidate survey and provided great insight into his stance on marijuana reform:

1. Do you support a legal, regulated, and taxed market for recreational cannabis, allowing Wisconsin residents over the age of 21 to purchase and possess up to two ounces (or more) of cannabis from regulated dispensaries, as proposed by State Rep. Melissa Sargent’s (D-Madison) AB482?


2. Do you support allowing any Wisconsin resident over the age of 21 to grow up to 6 (or more) cannabis plants at home without a license, as proposed by AB482?


3. Do you support allowing patients suffering from various ailments to purchase and use cannabis as treatment for their ailments if they have a doctor’s recommendation?


4. Do you agree with the qualifying conditions for medical cannabis outlined in Section 42 of AB482 (listed below)?
(2) "Debilitating medical condition or treatment" means any of the following:
(a) Cancer; glaucoma; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; a positive test for the presence of HIV, antigen or nonantigenic products of HIV, or an antibody to HIV; Crohn's disease; a hepatitis C virus infection; Alzheimer's disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; nail patella syndrome; Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; post-traumatic stress disorder; or the treatment of these conditions.
(b) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of such a disease or condition that causes cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
(c) Any other medical condition or any other treatment for a medical condition designated as a debilitating medical condition or treatment in rules promulgated by the department of health services under s. 50.81 (2).


5. Answer this question only if you support both recreational and medicinal uses of cannabis. Do you support allowing medical cannabis patients to possess more cannabis than recreational users and to be exempt from the taxes that are imposed on recreational users?


6. Do you support a permitting system that would enable publicly-accessible establishments to allow legal possessors of cannabis to smoke it in outdoor areas at their establishments? This would address an issue present in other states’ implementations, where many people are legally allowed to purchase and possess cannabis, but have no place to legally consume it.

Yes, but should be a local decision at the city, village, or township level. The likelihood of driving by users should be a strong factor in whether such a facility should be permitted.

7. Do you support conviction expungement or pardons for anyone convicted of possession, growing, and/or selling cannabis in Wisconsin?

Yes, with the qualification that past violent criminal activity related to marijuana violations should not result in a pardon.

8. Do you support or would you consider any other cannabis regulatory or legalization scheme for Wisconsin

Creation of a medical and recreational market should focus on helping boost the Wisconsin middle class. State regulation can help produce a business environment that allows many players, not a just a small number of large ones.

9. Do you believe that possession of limited amounts of cannabis by a person in his or her own home or in another’s home with the owner’s permission should be legal in the State of Wisconsin?


10. What level of taxes do you think should be imposed on recreational cannabis?

20% for “flowers”, 25% for other types of products. Additional studies are needed as to balance eliminating black market sales and creating the appropriate regulatory structure for safe as possible use.

11. How do you think that tax revenue should be used?

Marijuana use education, law enforcement marijuana education, medical research, general education, and a smaller percentage towards transportation infrastructure

12. Why is cannabis law reform an important issue to you?

Marijuana prohibition has created untold misery and family destruction across the United States for decades. Responsible use is possible, and we have the opportunity to build an industry from the ground up that can assist in restoring the Wisconsin middle class and help produce revenues that in the long term can help reduce poverty.

Additional Comments

A binding statewide referendum for recreational use should be implemented before allowing a market to be created in Wisconsin. If passed, this will underscore this is the legitimate will of Wisconsin citizens.

A message from Joel: Two years ago, I set out on my first race for the 63rd. I knew from the beginning it would be challenging, and I wasn’t wrong. But here I am, for a second time, in what’s become an even more divisive climate in our state. Why? Because we’re long overdue for change in the 63rd.I am running again because Wisconsinites deserve to have their voices heard. It’s undemocratic and contrary to American ideals for prospective candidates to be bullied into silence.Due to the shocking resignation of Bob Prailes for the candidacy of the 63rd Assembly District, I have elected to begin my campaign to be on the ballot for the 63rd. Bob was trying to improve our political climate, and I wholeheartedly supported his campaign. Part of the thanks he received were ugly personal attacks and fear for his family. We now face the challenge of the ongoing pandemic in Wisconsin and a safe rebuild of our economy. I believe I have the tools and character to represent our district in a vastly less divisive fashion than the current occupant.My continued promise to Wisconsin’s 63rd district is to be a dedicated public servant to our communities. Rise up, Wisconsin!Sincerely,
Joel Jacobsen

Candidate for State Assembly
Wisconsin’s 63rd District

Find out more about Joel Jacobsen by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JoelforAssembly/ and visit his website at http://joelfor63.com/

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Wisconsin Marijuana Voter Information
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