Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District encompasses Adams, Buffalo, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, La Crosse, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties. Parts of Chippewa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, Richland, and Wood counties also lie within the district.
Ron Kind does not hold a favorable view of marijuana or its legalization, but has made comments that he supports the rights of veterans to use the plant in lieu of prescription pills.
Ron Kind commented on the topic as early as 2014, when he said, “I support legalizing medical marijuana but oppose the full legalization of recreational marijuana. As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen the negative impact that drug and alcohol addiction can have on individuals, families and communities. Colorado and Washington State have taken the lead to decriminalize marijuana. We should watch those experiments closely before deciding to legalize recreational marijuana nationally.” He also said that he believes that “using marijuana makes people dumber.” Since then, he has voted consistently in favor of cannabis reform as the current representative of the Third District.
Holds office U.S. House District 3
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Ron Kind received a B- Grade from NORML during the 2019-2020 Legislative Session as part of the Smoke the Vote Project.
Neumann wants total legalization. “I believe that the use and possession of marijuana should be decriminalized completely. Non-violent offenders of marijuana-related laws should be pardoned completely,” he told the Shepherd Express. He adds that the War on Drugs has been “a disaster,” drawing from his experience as a medical practitioner: “The misuse of substances that can be unhealthy for people should be addressed within the individual and public health frame, not as issues of moral depravation.” He believes that regulations such as age limits, standards for purity and quality, as well as taxation to fund substance abuse treatment, are the way forward to avoid repeating the mistakes of alcohol Prohibition.
Candidate in race for U.S. House District 3 (D)
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Mark Neumann received an A+ Grade from NORML during the 2020 Smoke the Vote Project.
Primary Election August 11, 2020
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