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Over three dozen US states and territories, not including Wisconsin, are regulating marijuana for medical and/or adult-use, despite marijuana’s federal illegality. Ending federal prohibition would alleviate the tension between these states and the US government and allow states to set their own policies free from federal interference. Do you support or oppose ending the federal prohibition of marijuana?
Please provide a position statement regarding legalizing the medical use of marijuana.
Legalize Medical Marijuana
Do you support or oppose decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana?
Please provide a position statement regarding decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana.
It must be done to alleviate the cost associated with high incarceration rates, justice system cost, and overall issues that affecting people of color more than others.
The prohibition of marijuana allows for the disproportionate criminalization of black and brown Wisconsinites, despite similar rates of consumption across all races and ethnicities. The impacts of marijuana criminalization are far reaching and include long-lasting collateral consequences well beyond the criminal charge. Do you support the automatic expungement of non-violent marijuana possession convictions?
Please provide a position statement regarding automatic expungement of non-violent marijuana possession convictions.
Must be done to even the playing field for those that are the most Marginalized and affected by the law.
Legalizing the responsible adult-use of marijuana provides states the opportunity to take marijuana off the street corner and place it behind an age-verified counter to better provide for consumer and public safety and prevent youth access. Taxing and regulating the adult-use of marijuana also provides economic stimulus through job creation and tax revenue. Do you support or oppose legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana by adults?
Please provide a position statement regarding legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana by adults.
We must learn to shape our policy and law similar to those who did it first and take innovative ways to keep the use of younger people down.
Assembly District 43 (MAP) areas around Brookfield and Elm Grove in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. Milwaukee County passed a 2018 referendum by 70% “Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?”
On September 16, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Beth Drew (R-Milton) who is running for the 43rd Assembly District in the upcoming general election.
In the interview she said she would need to look at other areas in terms of marijuana legalization in particular she had been contacted by several constituents and this is an area she would like to look at and would want to look at revenue possiblities, many factors so she cannot give a blanket answer.
Does think medical marijuana this Important for certain cases, important for physicians to be able to work with that with there patients.
Watch the video below archived at 6:49 and hear it in her own words:
Incumbent Rep. Don Vruwink from Milton sponsors decriminalization and medical marijuana measures in the 2019 session.
Position on Marijuana Legalization: In 2018 he was undecided on the issue of legalization, saying he would have to see a bill, concerned about THC content, when interviewed by WI EYE, we have archived the video below, he has much to say on the issue:
Assembly District 44 is primarily Janesville (Rock County) area (Map) and does not have an Incumbent as Deb Kolste (D) does not seek re-election.
Rock County 2018 Referendum Results: “Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the Taxes used for education, healthcare, and infrastructure?”
On September 9, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed DuWayne Severson (R-Janesville) who is running for the 44th Assembly District in the upcoming general election.
At the 8:02 mark, which we cued up for you to view. “Open” to medical marijuana, but has to be science driven ….. and his view of recreational marijuana should be heard in his own voice… listen below. He cites Colorado “issues” and “legalization for revenue” and has his concerns about legalization of recreational marijuana.
Sue Conley (D) completed the 2020 NORML Candidate Survey indicating support the reform of marijuana laws including decriminalization, medical, adult use and support for Assembly Bill 220 that was introduced in the 2019-20 legislative session.
Assembly District 45 (MAP) is located in parts of Rock and Green County, including most of Beloit. In 2018 Rock County held a marijuana referendum in which 69% of voters approved the following: Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the Taxes used for education, healthcare, and infrastructure?”
Onto the two candidates in the race, first up, the Incumbent Mark Spreitzer (D).
Rep. Spreitzer co-sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. Thank you Rep. Spreitzer for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating from NORML.
Assembly District 48 is in Dane County and primarily the City of Madison. The District was formerly held by Melissa Sargent, cannabis reformer and lead author of Assembly Bill 220 “Legalize Opportunity”, the 2019-20 bill to legalize adult use cannabis in Wisconsin.
On the position of marijuana reform, we have to thank Wi Eye for the candidate interviews and “marijuana” question. It is nice to hear their views in their voices and watch their mannerisms.
On September 1, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Samuel Anderson (R-Madison) who is running for the 48th Assembly District in upcoming general election.
During the first seconds of the interview the topic of recreational marijuana comes up by the interviewer because the candidate makes it a campaign platform priority and Samuel Anderson (R) provides his insight on his support of marijuana reform, including legalizing adult use cannabis.
I believe that it is past time to reform our criminal justice system in Wisconsin. We need to ensure that our law enforcement and minority communities are not put in a position to fail. I will do everything I can to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Wisconsin and pardon non-violent drug offenders to get them out of prisons and back into the economy and their families. I believe that the first big step in reforming this system is eliminating the largest cause of incarceration in the US and Wisconsin.
Learn more about the campaign of Samuel Anderson by following it on facebook and visiting his website.
On June 30, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Samba Baldeh (D-Madison) who is running for the 48th Assembly District District in the upcoming partisan primary election. Marijuana Q & A starts at 9:20 and talks about his support of medical and recreational law changes.
Learn more about the campaign of Sambah Baldeh by following it on facebook and visiting his website.
Assembly District 14 in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, including the city Wauwatosa and areas west along 190. (MAP) This district was a close one last election cycle. In the 2018 election, we saw four candidates on the general, with Libertarian and Moderation Party candidates taking 3.2% of the vote. Democrat Robyn Vining won by 138 votes or .4%
The Moderation candidate is now running as a Republican in a primary with two other candidates. Let’s thank WI EYE again for asking the marijuana question in 2018 and again in 2020.
Primary Election August 11, 2020
Republican Party Candidates
On July 22, 2020, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mary Spicuzza interviewed Bonnie Lee (R-Wauwatosa) who is running for the 14th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
Bonnie Lee says she is very wiling to have a discussion on medical marijuana / cannabis, she adds there is a FDA pipeline for bringing drugs to market, through research and development and that there is medical cannabis that is available. She goes on to say on scientific reasons she does not agree with legalizing recreational marijuana, she says THC is highly addictive and harmful, the potency of THC today is 25% and not the 5% of a generation ago, so it is not the same thing. She says there is an increased risk of schizophrenia and psychosis for marijuana users and there is a significant risk to babies, in utero and to the developing adolescents mind if the mothers used marijuana when pregnant, so for those reasons and also as the wife of a physician who has treated many people for these tragic problems and then also the consequences of those tragic medical problems she is just not in favor ignoring the scientific research she viewed around the recreational use of this drug.
On July 23, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Linda Boucher (R-Brookfield) who is running the the 14th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
Linda Boucher says look at states that legalized like Colorado with big waves of unemployment, tent cities and people deficating in the streets. She went on some ramble and I could not transcribe it all, but she says look at the data, it will be a social and cultural change. You will have to listen for yourself.
Back in the 2018 election we first saw Shevey emerge as the Moderation Candidate. On September 18, 2018, Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Steve Shevy
On July 22, 2020, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mary Spicuzza interviewed Bonnie Lee (R-Wauwatosa) who is running for the 14th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.Steven Shevey (R-Brookfield) who is running for the 14th Assembly District in the upcoming election.
We do not know if he has changed his stance or moved his opinion further since 2018, but back then he said he supports medical marijuana and agrees with and shares that medical marijuana is a veterans issue and for that reason we should open to medical marijuana, but for recreational, although he is young, he sees the dangers of it, cites an increased black market in legalized states, laced products and that is where he thinks we should take a step back and say can our state handle legalized marijuana.
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