Frank Buress

Candidate Name

Frank T Buress

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Re4presentative, Assembly District 41

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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?

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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?

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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! If physicians collectively reject making recommendations (like several did on cannabidiol) then a physicians’ recommendation should not be required

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, but I would expand it to be any condition. Why would you exclude any condition where cannabis may have a positive effect?

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?

I believe all medicines should be exempt from tax – including cannabis

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.

If legalized recreationally, I would support such establishments.

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

Yes, even without legalization. It should not be a crime.

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

Decriminalization and medical

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. Extend to recreational if legalized.

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

Not sure, but not so high that black market becomes the seller of choice.

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

Education, roads and extension of Medicaid

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

I used cannabis (RSO) to successfully treat my cancer. In the process, I discovered its effect on nerve pain. I work with Wisconsin Veterans for Compassionate Care to advocate for cannabis to treat veterans with PTSD and/or TBI and chronic pain.

Additional Comments

You would not find me to be an obstruction on legalization, but I am passionate about medical and decriminalization. I advocate for the exclusion of drug testing that includes cannabis results. I meet with the DA, sheriff and judge to argue for a change in how law enforcement deals with cannabis. I successfully proposed the cannabis referendum for Marquette County and I currently serve as the Wisconsin Chair of Safe Access Wisconsin. My opponent simply says that Wisconsin is not ready for marijuanna.