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Representative, Assembly District 84
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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.
This I am not sure on; I would need to dive into the pros/cons. Certainly we would want to be sure that people have a place to legally consume cannabis. I would want those places to be appropriately and conveniently located, while also protecting those who do not wish to be exposed (especially children).
7. Do you support conviction expungement or pardons for anyone convicted of possession, growing, and/or selling cannabis in Wisconsin?
If that was the only crime, and there was no violence involved, then most likely yes. Cannabis is a social justice issue as well as medical and economic. People of color are much more likely to be arrested and convicted of nonviolent drug offenses (vs white people). This is unacceptable and we must do everything in our power to correct this injustice.
8. Do you support or would you consider any other cannabis regulatory or legalization scheme for Wisconsin
I would be happy to consider options that are based in science, kindness, and social justice.
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?
The specific level of taxes should be negotiated between the parties involved, so that all parties benefit: the public, the cannabis consumers, and new industries that create family-sustaining jobs in our state.
11. How do you think that tax revenue should be used?
To fund public education (K-12 through university), BadgerCare for all, infrastructure improvements, rapid publicly-own internet across all areas urban and rural, improved bus routes and other mass transit, park and nature reserve maintenance, renewable energy investments.
12. Why is cannabis law reform an important issue to you?
Cannabis law reform is a huge multi-faceted issue that appeals to a large segment of voters. I believe that a majority of people understand now that pot is not the Class-1 drug the federal government says it is. When I was knocking on doors, I talked to a white middle-class man who brought up the issue, unprompted, because he struggles with pain management. Many people have chronic pain issues that they must struggle through every day, and they’re afraid of opioids because of the chance of addiction. Cannabis is a possible option for pain management without the threat of harmful addiction. It’s also an option for our veterans who struggle with PTSD, and so many others who have medical problems that other drugs cannot help with. We should think of cannabis as another tool in the toolbox of medicine. This issue is also one of social justice, because people of color are so much more likely to be prosecuted for low-level pot possession. A drug conviction can have ripple effects throughout a person’s entire life. This is unacceptable. I believe that the hearts and minds of the public are ready for legalized cannabis. Other states are getting this done, and Wisconsin can too.
Thank you for your advocacy on this issue!