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Sargent (D), McKinney (D) and Barker (R) Senate 16 Candidate Marijuana Positions

The 16th District of the Wisconsin Senate is located in south-central Wisconsin, and is currently composed of parts of Columbia, and Dane counties. The district contains part of Madison, the capital city. (North and East Madison, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, Monona, McFarland and Stoughton). The primary is set for Aug. 11, and the winner will face Republican candidate, Sun Prairie Fire Department Lt. Scott Barker, in the November general election.

A huge Senate race for sure as we will see a new face as the long time Senator retires. All three candidates are calling for an end to prohibition of marijuana for responsible adults. Here are our candidates:

Melissa Sargent Marijuana Record
Melissa Sargent Marijuana Record

Leading the way in the Assembly for legal marijuana in Wisconsin is Melissa Sargent.  She earned her A grade from NORML.

She has announced she will not seek re-election to the assembly in 2020 and will be seeking the Senate District 16 seat of Miller who is retiring.

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On July 9, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) who is running for the 16th Senate District in the upcoming partisan primary election. Melissa Sargent continues to lead the way in Wisconsin for total cannabis reform. Her campaign website of course has marijuana reform as a priority.


On July 9, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Andrew McKinney (D-Madison) who is running for the 16th Senate District in the upcoming partisan primary election.

Andrew McKinney says legalizing marijuana would be a game changer for our state. He indicates the tax revenue could help expand healthcare, education, fixed/low income areas. It helps disabled veterans. Wisconsin needs to legalize it he says.

General Election is Tuesday November 3rd, 2020.

The winner will face Republican Scott Barker. Quick research says candidate Scott Barker is also a supporter of ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults. His website highlights cannabis reform as a priority issue.

Marijuana for Medicinal & Recreational Purposes

I support the legalization of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes. Legislation should strictly regulate cannabis sales and possession limits as well as hold people accountable for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis. Our State will also benefit from a reduction of inmates serving time for crimes related to marijuana which is a cost savings. Additionally we could see less families struggling with only one parent or income leading to potentially less families needing government assistance. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue also estimates that our state could see an increase in tax revenue of approximately $165 million annually between excise tax and general sales tax. Money which can go towards priority issues.

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Wisconsin Marijuana Voter Information
Wisconsin Marijuana Voter Information

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