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1. Do you support a legal, regulated, and taxed market for recreational cannabis, allowing Wisconsin residents over the age of 21 to purchase and possess up to two ounces (or more) of cannabis from regulated dispensaries, as proposed by State Rep. Melissa Sargent’s (D-Madison) AB482?
2. Do you support allowing any Wisconsin resident over the age of 21 to grow up to 6 (or more) cannabis plants at home without a license, as proposed by AB482?
3. Do you support allowing patients suffering from various ailments to purchase and use cannabis as treatment for their ailments if they have a doctor’s recommendation?
4. Do you agree with the qualifying conditions for medical cannabis outlined in Section 42 of AB482 (listed below)?
(2) “Debilitating medical condition or treatment" means any of the following: (a) Cancer; glaucoma; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; a positive test for the presence of HIV, antigen or nonantigenic products of HIV, or an antibody to HIV; Crohn's disease; a hepatitis C virus infection; Alzheimer's disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; nail patella syndrome; Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; post-traumatic stress disorder; or the treatment of these conditions. (b) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of such a disease or condition that causes cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis. (c) Any other medical condition or any other treatment for a medical condition designated as a debilitating medical condition or treatment in rules promulgated by the department of health services under s. 50.81 (2).
5. Answer this question only if you support both recreational and medicinal uses of cannabis. Do you support allowing medical cannabis patients to possess more cannabis than recreational users and to be exempt from the taxes that are imposed on recreational users?
6. Do you support a permitting system that would enable publicly-accessible establishments to allow legal possessors of cannabis to smoke it in outdoor areas at their establishments? This would address an issue present in other states’ implementations, where many people are legally allowed to purchase and possess cannabis, but have no place to legally consume it.
Yes, provided the system is consistent with the current smoking ban.
7. Do you support conviction expungement or pardons for anyone convicted of possession, growing, and/or selling cannabis in Wisconsin?
Yes, provided that the person’s criminal record is limited to cannabis-related offenses and other non-violent misdemeanors.
8. Do you support or would you consider any other cannabis regulatory or legalization scheme for Wisconsin
I support a regulatory system focused on legalizing it, regulating it, and taxing it. It is imperative that any regulatory system ensures the law has a positive impact on our local communities and promotes a system that is free of political cronyism. I support regulations that provide permits in a fair manner with special considerations for diversity and community impact.
9. Do you believe that possession of limited amounts of cannabis by a person in his or her own home or in another’s home with the owner’s permission should be legal in the State of Wisconsin?
10. What level of taxes do you think should be imposed on recreational cannabis?
Before jumping to conclusions about the appropriate rate, I’ll pull together experts in our state and learn from other states across the country who’ve legalized cannabis.
11. How do you think that tax revenue should be used?
I support using the tax revenue to fund resources and treatment options for individuals struggling mental health or addiction such as with opioid addiction. We’ve got to make a dent in that crisis and we can’t do it without some new funding. President Trump’s so-called response to the opioid crisis is fatally flawed because he ordered action but didn’t give states or the feds more resources to tackle the issue.
12. Why is cannabis law reform an important issue to you?
Cannabis reform is an important issue to me for many reasons. The medical use of marijuana is an effective drug for many suffering debilitating disease and illness. It is safer than opiates and has been effective at lessening tremors in Parkinson’s disease, treating glaucoma and generally easing the pain of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis and other diseases accompanied with chronic pain.
Additionally, we must reform our criminal justice system. Making criminals out of marijuana users serves no public purpose and instead destroys lives and increases societal costs. Decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana has proven to have no impact on its use and instead refocuses law enforcement resources on much more pressing crime issues facing our communities.