Matthew Bughman

Candidate Name

Matthew Bughman

Which office are you seeking?

WI State Assembly Dist 7

Campaign website and/or social media links

www.matt4mke.com www.facebook.com/Bughman

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).

I believe the list of conditions should be expanded to include other medical conditions.

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.

Yes

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

Yes, I would support and/or consider any legislation on legalization or regulatory processes that would come before me.

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?

The lowest amount possible. The focus should be on people not state revenue.

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

Increased educational funding, transportation improvement, and drug treatment programs.

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

As a law enforcement officer I have seen first hand how the War on Drugs and in particularity marijuana enforcement has negatively impacted Wisconsinites. On a more personal level my youngest son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Legalization would help in his treatment by offering a non pharmaceutical treatment option that could improve his quality of life without any of the potential side effects inherent with pharmaceutical drugs.

Additional Comments

Our focus when crafting legislation regarding marijuana should not be focused on how much revenue the state will receive. But rather how we can best help and assist as many Wisconsinites as possible who are suffering under the current legislation.