Dennis D Degenhardt

Candidate Name

Dennis D Degenhardt

Which office are you seeking?

58th Assembly District

Campaign website and/or social media links

degenhardtforassembly.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

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, up to six plants

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

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.

Yes, if the outdoor areas are well ventilated as awareness of second-hand smoke should be considered. This should be similar to laws regulating drinking around establishments.

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

Yes, for anyone convicted for violations that would be legal under the new law.

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

I would be open to considering other regulatory or decriminalizing ideas based on the proposed legislation.

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?

The only question is the definition of limited and if reasonable, yes.

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

I have not studied this aspect of decriminalizing marijuana and would want to understand what other states are doing and why to determine how that works for Wisconsin. We should not rely on the tax to solve all problems.

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

The tax revenue should be used for the funding of some of our greatest challenges, affordable healthcare for all and education. Also, we should look at using these funds to fight the opioid crisis.

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

The marijuana law is important to me first for the benefits medical marijuana can provide. We are falling behind our surrounding states with these benefits and helping Wisconsinites. I have a twin brother in a state with medical marijuana who has had several health issues that medical marijuana has helped.

How can we use medical marijuana help reduce the opioid crisis with less reliance on those devasting drugs?

We are jailing people, often of color, for small possession charges that creates a criminal record and the life-long challenges that creates. We are filling up our jails for these non-violent penalties which is ridiculous.

For recreational usage, I believe marijuana is less addictive than alcohol with fewer issues. If regulated and taxed properly, this can be an important benefit for Wisconsin.

Additional Comments

Thank you for the opportunity to reply to your survey and I appreciate NORML’s efforts to pass reasonable marijuana laws. These changes have been needed for a long time. DDD