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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?
We should let the people of Wisconsin decide with a statewide referendum. If the voters of Wisconsin agree, I would sign a legalization bill into law.
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?
If the voters agree.
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.
I would need more information and details to declare my stance.
7. Do you support conviction expungement or pardons for anyone convicted of possession, growing, and/or selling cannabis in Wisconsin?
I believe we need to decriminalize marijuana in Wisconsin. If we legalize, I would be open to looking into a model like California that allows expungement for previous marijuana offenses and would create a petition process for those currently incarcerated.
8. Do you support or would you consider any other cannabis regulatory or legalization scheme for Wisconsin
I would need to see the specific proposal.
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?
If we legalize it, yes.
10. What level of taxes do you think should be imposed on recreational cannabis?
I certainly believe in taxing cannabis, however, I would want to talk with advocates and other stakeholders before outlining a specific amount.
11. How do you think that tax revenue should be used?
Treatment and Diversion programs, public schools and transportation
12. Why is cannabis law reform an important issue to you?
As a cancer survivor myself, I’m all too familiar with the side effects of a major illness that can make everyday tasks, like making your bed or even showering, a challenge.
For many Wisconsinites, the ability to purchase and use medical marijuana will alleviate pain they’ve longed to live without, which is why organizations like the American Legion have passed resolutions in support of legalization because of the documented health benefits for our veterans.
It’s no secret that Wisconsin, like red and blue states across the country, is battling an opioid and painkiller crisis that is killing thousands of Americans every year. The fact remains that States that have legalized medical marijuana have observed double digit decreases in both opioid abuse and overdose related hospitalizations.