Art Shrader

Candidate Name

Art Shrader

Which office are you seeking?

State Assembly 50th AD

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Shraderforwisconsin.com

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?

Yes. Our state has a tradition of being a progressive and forward thinking. We are on the wrong side of history with our current laws and i believe we should be proactive in being the first State in the Midwest to legalize cannabis.

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

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).

Yes, however legalization of recreational cannabis moots this.

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?

Yes

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 believe that this is something that needs to be considered in the context of our state wide ban on smoking in most public establishments.

7. Do you support conviction expungement or pardons for anyone convicted of possession, growing, and/or selling cannabis in Wisconsin?

Yes

8. Do you support or would you consider any other cannabis regulatory or legalization scheme for Wisconsin

I believe that we should learn from the experiences of other states in implementing legalization.

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?

Yes.

10. What level of taxes do you think should be imposed on recreational cannabis?

Tax should be at a level to “collapse” the black market.

11. How do you think that tax revenue should be used?

I believe it should be segregated and used for our public schools, recreational activities and property tax reductions.

12. Why is cannabis law reform an important issue to you?

In brief, I believe that adult citizens have the right to make decisions for themselves. Cannabis use in Wisconsin is currently illegal, but wide spread…I do not believe that we should criminalize activity widely seen as social acceptable.

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