“Should cannabis be legalized in Wisconsin for medicinal purposes, and regulated in the same manner as other prescription drugs?”
On September 15, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Drew Kirsteatter (R-Green Bay) who is running for the 90th Assembly District in the upcoming general election.
At the 7:20 mark Kirsteatter discussing marijuana reform for 40 seconds and says he open to medical marijuana because he thinks it has shown to be helpful and if heavily regulated it would be beneficial to a lot of people. On recreational side it is a conversation he would be open to but his natural predisposition is to say it is not something we need, just because it maybe better than alcohol or some other arguments does not necessarily mean it is a good thing. He closed the interview out by saying my mind can definitely be changed on it and I do not want to say I would never consider it (recreational marijuana).
We have had a few chats with his campaign about marijuana reform, in specific the right to grow your own medical marijuana or assign a caregiver to do so for you. He replied “as personal cultivation for medical I’m not sure where I stand on that, I think I’d need to know there was some kind of accountability in place“.
We followed up with the question of AB1004 and the 10 gram decriminalization bill and he replied “Yeah, I would support decriminalization of 10 grams or less and making it a fine“
Kristina Shelton provided a statement regarding her campaign: “I am a Democrat running to restore representation to Wisconsin’s 90th Assembly, since the incumbent Democrat can no longer caucus with the party or serve on legislative committees. This is an important moment for a variety of reasons: we have a global pandemic and massive unemployment, and we need to ensure everyone has healthcare. We are on the cusp of commonsense solutions to reduce incarceration and to safely legalize cannabis use, and we cannot have a representative in the 90th who cannot do the actual work of legislation.“
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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.
Recent medical studies have indicated that there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana. Unfortunately, the long-standing federal prohibition on marijuana means that medical research on marijuana could be much more advanced than it is now. For that reason alone, the federal government should eliminate this prohibition. But doing so would also allow states to clearly have the ability to set their own policies on medical marijuana, as they do with regulations around alcohol, for example.
Do you support or oppose decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana?
Please provide a position statement regarding decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana.
Yes, I support decriminalization. As a society, we use too many resources–from policing to incarceration–to deal with the use of marijuana. We need to be able to repurpose those resources for education, housing, jobs, and anti-poverty initiatives. Plus, no one should get a long-term criminal record–with all of the baggage that comes with it–for simple possession.
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.
Yes. I think the premise of this question states it well. Too many Wisconsinites–especially minorities–have criminal records, and this prevents them from getting good jobs and accessing other opportunities. We should expunge the records of those whose only crime is simple possession of marijuana.
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.
In Wisconsin, we will be facing a major budget shortfall in the next cycle. One way to help to alleviate this shortfall is to legalize and tax the use of marijuana, as we do with alcohol. Other states that have done this have found it to be a sizable revenue stream. Obviously, we will also need strong regulations to make sure that underage Wisconsinites cannot access it and to protect consumers. My view, however, is that legalizing and regulating is the best way to ensure that those who use marijuana do not end up in the legal system and to ensure that we keep it out of the hands of minors, who are unable to use it responsibly.
On July 9, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay) who is running for the 90th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
Shelton speaks about marijuana reform at 7:08 mark, we cued it up below and encourage you to watch her support legalization of cannabis.
Assembly District 55 in Neenah (Map) is going to see a new face for the 2019-2020 legislative session, replacing a non supportive and silent on the subject politician.
On the position of marijuana reform, we have to thank Wi Eye for the candidates interviews and “marijuana” question. Board members and field activists have reported back on the campaigns also and confirm what the videos below do also.
One candidate is more open to taxing adult use cannabis then the others, two are supportive of medical and one seems to hate marijuana reform.
Primary Election August 11, 2020
Republican Party Candidates
Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R) Neenah – says is open to any innovative to bring in revenues, other states have legalized adult use and we know the pros and cons, many constituents have contacted her support for adult use. For medial marijuana, she knows patients who have been prescribed marijuana and it benefits them, in a time that we are missing 2 million in revenue is it something to look at possibly. The interviewer went on to ask a question at the end in which I believe the candidate did not understand what he was asking.
Lauri Asbury (R) Neenah – as a parent and wife of physician, we should look and consider medical marijuana, should be in the tool box of doctors and fight opioid addiction. Recreational marijuana very hesitant without talking to doctors and worried about addiction, she would rely on AODA and other legal states. In favor of medical, on hold on recreational.
Editors note: In the GOP Debate Lauri Asbury verbally attacked another candidate for supporting marijuana reform. During that debate not only did Lauri attack a fellow Republican verbally, she did not even mention her own support for medical marijuana as she did in the WI EYE Interview.
In her most recent 2020 campaign news interview Lawrence said she “would take a look at” legalizing recreational marijuana.
“You’re walking a tightrope here,” she said. “It is technically a drug, but it’s not as bad as some of the other stuff we have out there. So I think that if we just legalize it — and I really hate that tax bit. That’s not important to me that you can put taxes on it. But I do think that we should legalize it.“
Learn more about her campaign on facebook and by visiting her website.
Unfortunately Republican Dave Murphy from Appleton has not sponsored any marijuana reform legislation since being elected to the State Assembly in 2012.
During 2019, the Assembly Republicans circulated and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Assembly Rep. Murphy did not co-sponsor.
Rep. Murphy could save his failing grade by helping the medical marijuana bills “stuck” in committee and being denied a public hearing. Although Rep. Murphy is not a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, we would ask constituents in his district to call Murphy and ask him to support AB 750 and call on the committee members to hold a public hearing.
Late in the session, a bi-partisan effort to decriminalize 10 grams or less of marijuana in Wisconsin. Assembly Bill 1004 did not attract the attention of Rep. David Murphy as he did not sign on as a co-sponsor.
In his October 2020 news interview Murphy said he is against the legalization of recreational marijuana. He said he’s based his opinion on conversations with law enforcement officers, many of whom are against legalizing it.
He pointed to issues in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, such as California and Colorado. In those states, marijuana continues to be sold illegally, he said. Marijuana use can also impact worker productivity, Murphy said, which hurts the economy.
Murphy said he would consider legalizing the drug for medical use.
Two top Republicans on Thursday said they won’t consider Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and legalize it for medical use.
“It will not be in the final budget passed,” said Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chairman of the state’s powerful Joint Finance Committee, which is tasked with crafting the state budget that will require Evers’ signature.
The comments from Nygren and JFC co-chairwoman Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, at a WisPolitics.com luncheon eradicate the chances the governor’s sweeping cannabis proposal in the state budget will become law anytime soon.
“When you read what he actually has in his budget, it’s really off-the-wall scary,” Darling said.
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Nygren said Republicans plan to pass their version of the budget by the end of June.
Nygren said neither the medical nor decriminalization aspect of Evers’ proposal will make it into the budget that the Republicans pass. But he left the door open for a plan to legalize medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription after the budget process plays out.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is hosting a virtual public hearing for the hemp emergency rule ER2016 at the following:
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.
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Public comments can be provided at any time until the close of the public comment period at 11:59 p.m. on July 30, 2020. Comments can be provided by email, regular mail, or verbally during the hearing. Whatever method you choose, all public comments will be given equal weight. For more details on the public input process, view the official public notice for this hearing at link.
Stakeholders are invited to provide comments and additional information related to ER2016 that DATCP will consider as it develops the state hemp plan for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval and the next emergency rule for the hemp program.
For the past three years DATCP has implemented the hemp pilot research program – per federal regulations the program will sunset on October 31, 2020. At that time, DATCP will develop a new hemp emergency rule by November 1, 2020, to transition Wisconsin to the new federal program for domestic hemp production. The state hemp plan and next emergency rule must meet the federal requirements of USDA’s interim final rule for domestic hemp production (7 CFR 990). A reminder that any federal regulations follow a separate federal process for public comment on rules.
The need for change in our world is becoming more and more evident with each passing day. Issues such as unemployment, poverty, and disease plague our community; and these issues seem to becoming increasingly worse week after week, month after month, and year after year.
At a time when greed has corrupted both industry and government the need for truth, integrity, and compassion in a leader is now more vital than ever before. We need someone whose interest lies in the people’s welfare, in addition to the health of our community, and the quest for sustainability.
We need someone who understands the desperate need to nurture our environment immediately and take care of the earth that God gave us so our children have a future. We need someone like Jay Selthofner.
The answer too many of the problems we face in our community could very well be the decriminalization and legalization of hemp for industrial use. Hemp was given to us by God to grow and use for many different things from nourishing our bodies to building our homes. There are over 25,000 products which can be made from hemp including soaps, lotions, clothing, textiles, paper, foods, and organic plastics, to name a few.Not only is it extremely useful, but also great for the environment. Hemp is naturally resistant to bugs, mold, and grows well without the use of dangerous toxic chemicals that contaminate our water and air. Hemp was actually grown in this very area during WWII and sold to the United States military for uses such as rope and fabrics.
This area has prime conditions to grow hemp; and the industrialization of it would create a multitude of new jobs and strengthen our local economy. Right now if we want hemp products we have to important them from other countries such as Canada, where it is legal for them to grow. Why can’t our community benefit from this ancient renewable crop?
Hemp also offers many health benefits to our bodies, our earth, and our economy. Hemp is essentially superior to cotton, paper, fuel, and plastics in that it is sustainable, and offers a better quality of product. In fact, fear of competition played the largest, if not complete role in hemp being made illegal in the first place. Huge industry giants such as DuPont and Hearst Paper recognized that hemp is stronger, more durable, rot resistant, and offers much higher yields than trees and cotton. It was simply in these companies’ “best financial interest” for hemp to be made illegal and since big business tends to have an enormous influence upon our government it became so, to the detriment of our farmers, our health, and our environment.
This type of corruption is typical within government today and it saddens me to see pure, evil greed destroying our families and our earth; leaving nothing for our future generations. This is why it is so important for us to work together to try to change the sickness found in government and industry today. This is why we need to vote for Jay. This is a man whom is truly dedicated to making the earth a better place for all of us to live; and has the plans to orchestrate this change we so desperately need.
Let’s help make the world a better place. Let’s help save our environment. Let’s start within our community. Let’s vote for Jay Selthofner on Nov. 2 for 41st Assembly and “Let’s get growing.”
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