Katherine Gaulke

Candidate Name

Dr. Katherine R. Gaulke

Which office are you seeking?

WI Assembly District 32

Campaign website and/or social media links

www.gaulke4assembly.com

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?

yes

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?

yes

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?

maybe; need to read legislation

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.

probably not – would need to read legislation; I think the same rules for cigarette smoking should be applied

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

yes, so long as no violent crime associated with the possession

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

maybe, would need to read legislation

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?

similar to other states

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

fight the opiate epidemic; provide affordable (or free) addiction treatment services; provide affordable (or free) mental health services; support drug take-back programs and needle exchanges; support Narcan (similars) and overdose prevention and training efforts; support drug addiction prevention efforts, including education and training; support domestic abuse shelters, homeless shelters, and family violence prevention services (like APFV)

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

People’s lives are being destroyed for possessing cannabis – felony charges, convictions, etc and taxpayers are spending too much money locking people up for possessing cannabis. People in chronic pain should be given the opportunity to manage their pain via cannabis (i.e. manage pain without using opiates). Also, I believe if a person learns to identify a drug dealer – this puts the person on a path to experiment and become addicted to opiates, heroin, meth – serious narcotics and illegal drugs. Legal cannabis prevents persons from learning to identify drug dealers and escalating their drug use. Legalizing cannabis allows for regulations that prevent the “lacing” of cannabis and should help combat the opiate epidemic.

Additional Comments

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