Politician Info

Rep. Taylor is a leader in the Wisconsin State Assembly on the issue of cannabis reform and an A+ every day of the week! 

Holds office State Assembly District 76

  • Born January 13, 1968, Los Angeles, California; married; 2 children.
  • Graduate Birmingham High School (Van Nuys, California), 1986; B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1990; J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School, 1995.
  • Full-time legislator. Former public policy director, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and practicing attorney.
  • Member: State Bar of Wisconsin; Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin; Planned Parenthood Federation; Sierra Club; Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
  • Former member: Public Interest Law Board (legislative subcommittee chair).
  • Elected to Assembly in August 2011 special election. Reelected since 2012.
Position on Marijuana Legalization

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?


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?


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 – I am the lead Assembly author of the medical cannabis bill.

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 am the lead Assembly author of the medical cannabis bill.

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?


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 – Subject to the same restrictions as cigarettes.

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


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

I support AB 482 and would consider other regulatory/legalization schemes.

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?


10. What level of taxes do you think should be imposed on recreational cannabis?

I support the excise tax levels set in AB 482, but am open to further study.

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

I support AB 482, which establishes a Legislative Council Study to identify uses for the revenue generated by a cannabis tax.

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

Current restrictions have been detrimental to those with medical needs and have disproportionately impacted communities of color – It’s time to change the law!

Survey completed by SE Wisconsin NORML

Sponsored Legislation

Sponsor of AB 75 to legalize medical marijuana in 2017

Sponsor of AJR 7 to hold an advisory referendum concerning medical marijuana legalization in 2017.

2019-2020 AB 220 Adult Use

2019-2020 AB 570 Medical with Home Grows

2019-2020 Decriminalization

Contact Chris Taylor

Email: Rep.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov

Web: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/taylor/Pages/default.aspx

Phone: 608-266-5342


State Capitol, Room 306 West Post Office Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

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