Failure is on the report card of Repubulican Assembly Leader Jim Steinke. In past news articles over the past decade he has stated he would not sponsor legislation on the issue and holds up to that promise. He gives false hopes to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin by saying he is "open to the idea of medical marijuana". Rep. Steineke has offered little more than stall tactics in even the basic steps of medical marijuana reform.
During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) for co-spsonsorship which Steineke did not sponsor.
His inability as the Republican Majority Leader to help move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana legislation through committee is clear that he has failed and deserves his F
Holds office State Assembly District 5
- Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 23, 1970; married; 3 children.
- Graduate Wauwatosa West High School, 1989; attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
- Realtor, salesman.
- Member: Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin; Wisconsin Realtors Association.
- Town of Vandenbroek supervisor, 2005–07; town chair, 2007–11. Outagamie County supervisor, 2006–11.
- Elected to Assembly since 2010.
- Leadership positions: Majority Leader 2019, 2017, 2015; Assistant Majority Leader 2013.
Feb 2019: State Rep. Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, said while he’s open to the idea of looking into medical marijuana as an option for people suffering with chronic pain, he doesn’t think the conversation of legalizing it for medical purposes and decriminalization should be held at the same time.
“Any time you’re dealing with issues like this when there’s polarizing opinion on either side, you try to find part of (the) subject that both sides are in favor of,” said Steineke, referring to the more likely bipartisan support for medical marijuana.
Steineke said medical marijuana could be helpful if it was prescribed by a doctor and limited in scope, but worries about other consequences of legalizing marijuana.
“Other states have seen dramatic rises in DUIs, overall cost in the system for services, things of that nature that people don’t truly understand,” he said.
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