David Murphy (R-Appleton): Friendly GOP Assembly Representatives named this guy as a possible supporter of medical cannabis reforms. I am starting to seriously doubt that. Unfortunately, Republican Dave Murphy from Appleton has not sponsored any marijuana reform legislation since being elected to the State Assembly in 2012. During 2019, the Assembly Republicans circulated and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Assembly Rep. Murphy did not co-sponsor.
In February 2019 he said he would “oppose any push to legalize recreational use”, but added he would support regulated medical marijuana if it ensures the safety of public roadways. Late in the 2019-20 session, a bi-partisan effort to decriminalize 10 grams or less of marijuana in Wisconsin was introduced. Assembly Bill 1004 did not attract the attention of Rep. David Murphy as he did not sign on as a co-sponsor. We thought he was going to see a primary challenger in the 2020 general election, but that did not happen and his candidate statements added more reasons he is opposed.
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- Born Appleton, Wisconsin, November 26, 1954; married; 2 children.
- Graduate Hortonville High School, 1972; University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1972–74; Wisconsin School of Real Estate, 1975.
- Full-time legislator. Former owner, fitness center and agribusiness; real estate broker.
- Member: Greenville Lions Club; Immanuel Lutheran Church.
- Former member: Paper Valley Soccer Club (vice president).
- Elected to Assembly since 2012.
Feb 2019: "oppose any push to legalize recreational use"
October 2020: Murphy said he is against the legalization of recreational marijuana. He said he’s based his opinion on conversations with law enforcement officers, many of whom are against legalizing it.
He pointed to issues in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, such as California and Colorado. In those states, marijuana continues to be sold illegally, he said. Marijuana use can also impact worker productivity, Murphy said, which hurts the economy.
Murphy said he would consider legalizing the drug for medical use.
Late in the 2019-20 session, a bi-partisan effort to decriminalize 10 grams or less of marijuana in Wisconsin. Assembly Bill 1004 did not attract the attention of Rep. David Murphy as he did not sign on as a co-sponsor. - Click link to send a message to Rep. Murphy to support marijuana decriminalization.
Feb 2019: Rep. Dave Murphy, R-Greenville, issued a statement saying he would support regulated medical marijuana if it ensures the safety of public roadways.
Possible YES vote to AB 683 per Republican bill sponsors.
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