As the right hand man of Robin Vos, Rep. August could have helped moved the bipartisan medical marijuana to a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on State Affairs. In fact, in January 2019 he seemed open to supporting a push for a public hearing on the issue among the assembly by saying, "It’s a conversation (re medical marijuana) that I’m not opposed to having, but we need to have that separate of the state budget."
During the following 12 months of 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans worked on the issue and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.
Holds office State Assembly District 32
- Born Wisconsin, January 26, 1983; single.
- Graduate Big Foot High School, 2001; attended University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-Madison (did not graduate from either); completed 2012 Emerging Leader Program at University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
- Full-time legislator. Former chief of staff to Representative Thomas Lothian.
- Member: Republican Party of Wisconsin (former board member); Republican Party of First Congressional District (former chair); Republican Party of Walworth County (former chair, vice chair); National Rifle Association.
- Recipient: American Conservative Union Defender of Liberty 2012; GOPAC Emerging Leader 2012.
- Elected to Assembly since 2010. Leadership positions: Speaker Pro Tempore 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013.
May 2018: Rep. August replied that no matter what the polls say (77 percent are in favor of medical, 61 percent are in favor of recreational), their constituents are not in favor of either.
Jan 2019: Speaker Pro Tem Tyler August of Lake Geneva said Thursday that the medical marijuana debate is such a big issue it should be addressed on its own.
“It’s a conversation that I’m not opposed to having, but we need to have that separate of the state budget,” he said
2018 Referendum Results from the district area: https://www.northernwinorml.org/2018/11/07/2018-wisconsin-marijuana-referendum-results/
“Should the State of Wisconsin allow individuals with debilitating medical conditions to use and safely access marijuana for medical purposes, if those individuals have a written recommendation from a licensed Wisconsin physician?”
- 88% YES
- 12% NO
“Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal use?”
- 85% YES
- 15% NO
“Should marijuana be legalized, taxed, and regulated in the same manner as alcohol for adults 21 years of age or older?”
- 59% YES
- 41% NO
“Should proceeds from marijuana taxes be used to fund education, health care, and infrastructure?”
- 81% YES
- 19% NO
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