We are on the cusp of commonsense solutions to reduce incarceration and to safely legalize cannabis use, and we cannot have a representative in the 90th who cannot do the actual work of legislation.
Holds office State Assembly District 90
Over the past 20 years, Kristina has dedicated her professional career and life’s work to working alongside different constituencies to create healthier, more equitable communities where all kids, families, and citizens thrive. Green Bay has provided a home and extensive community to Kristina and her family. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kristina’s professional career began by teaching health and physical education from kindergarten through 12th grade and then a full-time faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College. With a Master of Science in Health Promotion Management, Kristina shifted her professional work toward a national focus in non-profit leadership. While managing a national grants program and facilitating an urban wellness coalition, Kristina also initiated and facilitated an organization-wide diversity leadership team. Today, Kristina is putting her skills, experience, and passion to work serving the diverse needs of the community in her role as Program Director at the YWCA Greater Green Bay.
In Wisconsin, we will be facing a major budget shortfall in the next cycle. One way to help to alleviate this shortfall is to legalize and tax the use of marijuana, as we do with alcohol. Other states that have done this have found it to be a sizable revenue stream. Obviously, we will also need strong regulations to make sure that underage Wisconsinites cannot access it and to protect consumers. My view, however, is that legalizing and regulating is the best way to ensure that those who use marijuana do not end up in the legal system and to ensure that we keep it out of the hands of minors, who are unable to use it responsibly. - source
I support decriminalization. As a society, we use too many resources–from policing to incarceration–to deal with the use of marijuana. We need to be able to repurpose those resources for education, housing, jobs, and anti-poverty initiatives. Plus, no one should get a long-term criminal record–with all of the baggage that comes with it–for simple possession.
Too many Wisconsinites–especially minorities–have criminal records, and this prevents them from getting good jobs and accessing other opportunities. We should expunge the records of those whose only crime is simple possession of marijuana. - source
Recent medical studies have indicated that there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana. Unfortunately, the long-standing federal prohibition on marijuana means that medical research on marijuana could be much more advanced than it is now. For that reason alone, the federal government should eliminate this prohibition. But doing so would also allow states to clearly have the ability to set their own policies on medical marijuana, as they do with regulations around alcohol, for example. - source
Candidate Survey on published - candidate supports 2019 Assembly Bill 220.
“Should cannabis be legalized in Wisconsin for medicinal purposes, and regulated in the same manner as other prescription drugs?”
- 76% YES
- 24% NO