Republican Assembly District 30 Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) is not new to talking about marijuana reform this legislative session. He, fellow Republican Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond and Democratic Senator Patty Schachtner hashed out marijuana reform in their districts in February of 2019.
Of course we all know everything marijuana reform related in the budget was killed, gutted and left on the battle field, much like medical marijuana patients in Wisconsin.
But wait, what is this… a 2019 Spring Survey sponsored by the GOP Assembly Representatives. In the spring of 2019 after overwhelming support in the Wisconsin public marijuana referendums the previous fall, many of the Assembly GOP members held a spring survey which was posted online and sent in the email to people on their mailing list. The results of Assembly Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) spring survey are not surprising as 76.48% of his district supported medical marijuana.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.
We really feel we could have failed this legislator, but he does "support medical marijuana" in theory, and in the news.... but with no action this session, if re-elected we highly expect his name on medical marijuana next session.
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- Born Madison, Wisconsin, March 15, 1972; married; 2 children.
- Attended Augusta High School; Chippewa Valley Technical College; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Founder and CEO, language translation company. Small business owner. Coached youth football for 7 years.
- University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation Board; University of Wisconsin-River Falls Chancellor’s Advisory Committee; Rotary.
- Former member: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
- Elected to Assembly since 2016.
Feb 2019: Rep. Shannon Zimmerman said he was less certain on decriminalization of small amounts. He said he’s spoken with lawmakers from Colorado and Washington, two states that have since legalized recreational marijuana.
“It’s a mixed bag,” the River Falls Republican said of the lawmakers’ input, adding that he’s “eager to hear more about what the governor’s thinking.”
Feb 2019 = Zimmerman said he supports medical marijuana.
“It’s no different than any other drug a physician may prescribe,” he said.
As Wisconsin takes a closer look at medical marijuana, Zimmerman said he will take note of efforts to stick a tax on dosages. He said he doesn’t want taxes to price out low-income people in need of the drug.
“Money should not be a consideration when we look at legalizing it for medical purposes,” he said.
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