Candidate Name

Joe Lavrenz

Which office are you seeking?

State Assembly District 53

Campaign website and/or social media links

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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?

I support both, I feel like prescribed drugs should be covered fully by insurance so would be tax exempt anyway.

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 feel like it should be treated like tobacco and allowed to be smoked in designated areas or outside.

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

I haven’t considered all the details of this but I feel like yes but would like to research cases more closely before being a full yes.

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

Scheme is an interesting word to use, usually for sinister purposes. I would like to see a platform similar to Colorado’s plan for cannabis.

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?

Again, I would look to Colorado’s plan and push for something similar.

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

I would start with using it on rehab for opiods and other drugs and then education.

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

I feel like this is an issue where we can both generate additional revenue for use on important projects and also to assist in breaking the hold on other destructive drugs that are pushed onto our community.

Additional Comments

I feel like we should be pushing for legalization because it will help in many areas (such as rehab) and is just a safer drug to use to assist in pain management.