Assembly District 54 is in Winnebago County, consisting primarily the City of Oshkosh, Town of Algoma and Town of Oshkosh.
Back in June, Republican Don Herman from Oshkosh had an early statement about marijuana reform. Recently my hemp business Heritage Hemp Farm had a booth next to his at the Oshkosh Farmers Market and confirmed what constituents are saying about Herman, he supports reform. Here is the quote he gave me “Since I’ve never actually smoked marijuana I don’t have a lot of knowledge of it what it does to the body but I don’t see any reason why can’t be legalized as long as its controlled like alcohol with restrictions of smoking it with age and have health inspectors set up a system so it regulated so nobody sells tainted product.“
On July 13, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Don Herman (R-Oshkosh) who is running for the 54th Assembly District in the upcoming partisan primary election. During the interview he was asked about marijuana reform, he again expresses his support of the issue of ending prohibition of marijuana for responsible adults in Wisconsin. The video below is cued to start at that segment of the interview.
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Rep. Gordon Hintz has kind of seemed supportive of decriminalization and legalization in the past. Elected in 2006, it was not until 2017 before Hintz signed his name to a piece of marijuana reform legislation. In 2016 and 2017 Oshkosh area supporters collected thousands of signatures to force a decrimalization measure in the city of Oshkosh. In 2017 Rep. Hintz took the role as Assembly Minority Leader for the Democrats. He ran unopposed in 2018. In 2019 Hintz co-sponsored a medical marijuana bill (AB 570).
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) assigned a grade of D+ to Rep. Hintz for his work during 2019-20 legislative session in the Smoke the Vote Project.
If Hintz co-sponsored AB 220 (Legalization) or SB 577 (Decriminalization) as Democrat Minority Leader, it would send a clear message two both parties that marijuana reform is a top agenda. If he is serious about reform and authored a legalization bill next session if re-elected, we all would feel more comfortable about his stance on marijuana reform.
Position on Marijuana Legalization: Oct 2018: Main Stream Media Question: Would you support changing state law to legalize marijuana and/or cannabis products? If so, under what conditions? If not, why?
It is time for Wisconsin to have a serious conversation of reforming its marijuana laws. The majority of states in the country have legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana use, and the benefits outweigh the concerns. Many communities in Wisconsin, including Oshkosh, have been decriminalizing marijuana possession. I support legalizing medicinal marijuana and full legalization depending on the details of the law and regulation.
Position on Marijuana Decriminalization: Supports, but did not co-sponsor decriminalization.
Position on Medical Marijuana: Supports and sponsored Legislation: AB 570 Medical Marijuana with Home Grows
Comments: Oct 2019: “We need reform and reconsideration of our marijuana regulation policy in Wisconsin,” Hintz told WisconsinEye. “Certainly something would be better than nothing.”
General Election is Tuesday November 3rd, 2020.
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