Julie Henszey

Candidate Name

Julie Henszey

Which office are you seeking?

State Senate District 5

Campaign website and/or social media links

JulieforWI.com, @julieforwi for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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 support the legalization of recreational cannabis for adults. I would want to research laws for other states that have fully legalized recreational cannabis to ensure our state is implementing best practices in regulation.

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?

I believe this is an instance were we can look to other states to see at what point a license is appropriate.

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.

Users should abide by Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free laws in enclosed spaces. I believe local communities need the autonomy to make this decision, allowing them to weigh the risks and benefits.

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

Yes.

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

I am open to exploring different options in order to find the best model for Wisconsin.

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?

Taxes should cover the regulatory structure and enforcement mechanisms; however, they should not be so overly burdensome that they encourage individuals to continue buying cannabis through the black market.

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

Our schools and roads would be a great place to start.

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

Legalization would create small business opportunities and would raise tax money for the state. It would also allow us to address an incarceration issue and a component of racial injustice. Our state is struggling economically and this is a sustainable industry that can be brought to scale with relatively low cost.

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