Dennis McBride

Candidate Name

Dennis McBride

Which office are you seeking?

Assembly – District 13

Campaign website and/or social media links

McBrideforAssembly.com (web site); Dennis4WI (Facebook and Twitter)

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?

Generally, yes. I’ll have to review AB 482 in more detail.

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?

Generally, yes. I’ll have to review AB 482 in more detail.

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, to the same extent as users of other medically-prescribed drugs.

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, on the same basis as cigarette smokers. But never inside.

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

For possession and growing, yes. For selling, perhaps. If the sellers were making small, casual sales, yes. If they were big dealers who were involved in criminal enterprises, no. I’d have to know the circumstances first.

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

In general, yes. I’ll have to see the proposed legislation first.

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?

The same sales tax that applies to other products

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

Public schools and universities; environmental protection

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

Prohibition of cannabis has worked as poorly as prohibition of alcohol did, with the same negative impact on crime and society. We need to reduce our prison population, and the spending we do on it, and re-direct our resources to better and more productive uses.

Additional Comments

I don’t use cannabis, but I don’t drink alcohol either. Alcohol causes many problems in this state, but we regulate it and allow its consumption. We can do the same with cannabis. We need to be more sensible about how we regulate people’s lives.