Primary Election August 11, 2020
Democratic Party Candidates
Sondy Pope, Mt. Horeb Assembly Represenative has been elected since 2002 and we can count her support for all forms of marijuana reform as she sponsors all bills covering adult use, medical and decriminalization. Rep. Sondy Pope received an A+ Grade from NORML during the 2019-2020 legislative session.
On July 14, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed incumbent Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mount Horeb) who restated her support for the reform of cannabis laws in Wisconsin.
Contact Sondy Pope: Email: Rep.Pope@legis.wisconsin.gov
Holds office State Assembly District 80 (MAP) District 80 area is parts of Dane, Iowa and Green Counties.
The campaign website of Kim Smith listed cannabis reform as an priority issue:
Cannabis reform is viewed favorably by many Americans. Medical Cannabis is legal in over 25 states. The benefits of cannabis have been documented to relieve nausea, tremors, and neuropathic pain, among other benefits.
On July 13, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Kim Smith (D-Oregon) who is running for the 80th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
In the interview, Kim Smith also supported both medical and ending the prohibition of cannabis for responsible adults in Wisconsin.
In addition, Kim Smith completed the 2020 NORML Candidate Questionnaire and her his her response:
|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.
|Cannabis reform is viewed favorably by many Americans. Medical Cannabis is legal in over 25 states. The benefits of cannabis have been documented to relieve nausea, tremors, and neuropathic pain, among other benefits.
|Do you support or oppose decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana?
|Please provide a position statement regarding decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana.
|If fully support the decriminalization of the simple possession of Cannabis.
|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.
|I support the automatic expungement of non-violent Cannabis possession convictions.
|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.
|I support the legalization of responsible adult-use of Cannabis. However, I do want to honor the concerns of my district and address the commodification of Cannabis, with the goal of keep it out of the hands of children.
The winner of the Democratic primary will advance to the General Election is Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 and face Republican Candidate Chase Binnie.
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