Rep. Nygren has dismissed medical marijuana as tool for doctors and does not address harm reduction tactics under his HOPE Agenda. The Republican bill sponsors said Rep. Nyrgren would not fight their bill if they added additional requirements regarding Doctor/Patient tracking.
Holds office State Assembly District 89
- Born Marinette, Wisconsin, February 27, 1964; married; 3 children.
- Graduate Marinette High School, 1982; attended University of Wisconsin-Marinette.
- Insurance and financial representative. Former restaurant owner and operator.
- Member: Jaycees (lifetime member, former chapter, state, U.S. president); Marinette Elks Club; Marinette Moose Lodge; Marinette Kiwanis (former president); Marinette County Republican Party (former chair).
- City of Marinette Recreation and Planning Board, 2003–06.
- Elected to Assembly since 2006.
His October 2018 Q&A: I do not support legalizing marijuana under any conditions. Marijuana is a mind-altering substance which should be approached with caution and I believe we need to know more about the long-term effects of marijuana use before legalizing it.
In early 2019 Nygren was one of the two top Republicans that said they won’t consider Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and legalize it for medical use. “It will not be in the final budget passed,” said Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chairman of the state’s powerful Joint Finance Committee. Nygren said neither the medical nor decriminalization aspect of Evers’ proposal will make it into the budget that the Republicans pass and he held to that promise.