Kim Butler

Candidate Name

Kim Butler

Which office are you seeking?

WI Assembly 28

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fB is @kimbutler or Kim Butler for Wisconsin, web is VoteKimButler.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. I have not been able to read the bill, but that sounds about right.

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. I am going to assume that this has worked well in other states.

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. I wonder if there might be more conditions that should be included.

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?

Probably, I would have to see 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, but I might consider legislation.

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 might. I need to educate myself on what has worked and hasn’t worked in other states, and use their experience to help make WI regulations the best they can be.

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?

Not sure. Possibly comparable to alcohol tax and/or cigarette tax. Would need to do more research.

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

Funding mental health and addiction treatment programs. Schools.

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

States where it has been legalized have a lower rate of meth and opioid addiction, because people can self medicate with a safer drug, cannabis. My district is has the highest rate of Meth use in the state. It is hypocritical to allow legal alcohol use and not cannabis. Too many African Americans are incarcerated for cannabis offenses, resulting in an overly high proportion of incarcerated black men, high taxpayer costs of prisons, taking time and money away from law enforcement to work on legitimate crimes, etc. I am not a smoker, but it seems to work well in states that have legalized it. I would want to examine those states policies and see what works to create model legislation for WI.

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