She said she also is not supportive of including policy to expunge marijuana convictions in the budget.
With 74% supporting medical marijuana on Rep. Kerkman 2019 Spring Survey we highly expected her to sponsor medical cannabis legislation. She has not and during the budgt process had a chance to make more positive statements than she did about cannabis. She almost failed, but at least is willing to speak about medical marijuana reform in a public hearing setting.
Holds office State Assembly District 61
- Born Burlington, Wisconsin, March 6, 1974; 2 children.
- Graduate Wilmot High School; B.A. University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, 1996.
- Member: Kenosha Area Business Alliance; Twin Lakes Chamber and Area Business Association; Twin Lakes American Legion Auxiliary Post 544; VFW Auxiliary, Bloomfield Center Post 5830; St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
- Former member: Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce; Powers Lake Sportsmen Club; VFW Auxiliary, Bloomfield Center Post 5830.
- Elected to Assembly since 2000. Leadership positions: majority caucus sergeant at arms 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011.
Evers’ budget includes policy to legalize medical marijuana and de-criminalize up to 25 grams of recreational pot.
“I think the discussion about medical marijuana should take place outside the budget,” Kerkman said. “That conversation was already started. Why not join the conversation?”
Rep. Kerkman expressed concerns about smoking marijuana and the health effects on lungs. This is something we have heard from other Republican lawmakers. Some Republican lawmakers cited concerns for smoked marijuana in the homes of medical patients as a concern to others living in the dwelling, including children.
I suggest we share stories and information with her office with an emphasis of them coming directly from her district. After all, as noted above, 74% of people in the district support marijuana reform.
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