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Upcoming Election
Wisconsin General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Race for President
A
Kamala Harris (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A-
Jo Jorgensen (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
B-
Joe Biden (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Joe Biden has a history of supporting anti-drug, tough on crime policies as well as those that imposed punitive penalties for drug offenses and facilitated discrimnation against drug users.

His current criminal justice reform plan includes provisions that would decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions. Read more at https://joebiden.com/justice/ 

D+
Donald Trump (R)

Following the passage of Congressional amendments limiting the Justice Department from taking prosecutorial actions against those in legal marijuana states, President Trump has consistently issued signing statements indicating that he believes that he has the power to disregard these amendments because he believes that they are unconstitutional. (Source)

Race for U.S. House District 1
C-
Bryan Steil (R)

Bryan Steil is not an advocate for recreational or medicinal marijuana legalization. 

Race for U.S. House District 2
ENDORSED
A+
Mark Pocan (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Mark Pocan is a vocal advocate for legalizing cannabis at a federal level. He has consistently voted in favor of progressive reform legislation, and calls for sensible marijuana laws. 

Race for U.S. House District 3
B-
Ron Kind (D) MEDICAL USE

Ron Kind does not hold a favorable view of marijuana or its legalization, but has made comments that he supports the rights of veterans to use the plant in lieu of prescription pills. 

Race for U.S. House District 4
A
Robert Raymond (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Robert Raymond completed the 2020 Candiate Questionnaire and we are happy to report that he supports ending federal marijuana prohibition.

B-
Gwen Moore (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 5
ENDORSED
B
Tom Palzewicz (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Tom Palzewicz speaks about marijuana reform at listening sessions, news and media events.  His campaign has hosted round table discussions on the issue.

F
Scott Fitzgerald (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Senator Fitzgerald is a NO to anything marijuana, even allowing public hearings on his watch.  If we could give him a worse grade, we would.

He announced he will not seek re-election and is running for the congressional seat Sensenbrenner is retiring from.

If you really want to know more about him, here is just some of our archives: https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Fitzgerald

 

Race for U.S. House District 6
ENDORSED
B
Jessica King (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

King is a former Oshkosh Common Council member and Deputy Mayor, as well as Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 18 from August 2011 to 2013.   She did not author, co-author, co-sponsor any legisaltion at the state level to reform marijuana laws in Wisconsin.

F
Glenn Grothman (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Glenn Grothman is a proponent for hemp and its ability to help agricultural areas of Wisconsin, but is against recreational marijuana.

Race for U.S. House District 7
ENDORSED
A+
Tricia Zunker (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Tricia Zunker is a great candidate to work with on the issue of marijuana reform.  She is open and honest about the topic and has included cannabis reform as one of her campaign platforms. 

Visit her website at https://triciaforwisconsin.com/ to find out more.

F
Tom Tiffany (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Early in 2019 he also seemed to know his Republican colleagues in the Assembly were working in their caucus to put a medical marijuana bill together.   

In December 2019, the Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750/SB683).   AB 750 lead author was Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) who is one of the three assembly districts in the 12th Senate District.  Senator Tiffany did not co-sponsor this legislation (SB683) in the Senate.   He Failed!

Senator Tiffany won his seat in Congress in the 7th District in a special election to replace Duffy early in 2020, but the seat is up for election again in November 2020.

Race for U.S. House District 8
A+
Amanda Stuck (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Stuck from Appleton has served three terms and been supportive of cannabis reform and this past session sponsored bills on adult use and medical marijuana.  She is in constant communication on the issue, returns phone calls and listens to voters on the issue.  Her "response" letters to constituents are not form letters and she offers next steps of action to help reform move through the legislative process.

As Rep. Stuck has announced she will not seek re-election in the assembly and is off to seek a congressional seat.  We are happy to say thank you for your work and give her an A+

D-
Mike Gallagher (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Mike Gallagher does not support marijuana reform.

Race for State Senate District 2
D+
Robert Cowles (R) MEDICAL USE

"Open to medical", "medical marijuana use regulated by a doctor", "supports medical marijuana" are all things we can find in the news archives and what we hear from him in district of Green Bay.  He has been around since the late 80s and we are sure he has heard from enough people over the years to form his opinion and muster courage to sponsor a bill.    This would have been the session, but the lead authors on the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program have two problems.

1) The bill SB 750  is stuck in the Senate Committee

2) The need one more Republican Senator to co-sponsor SB 750 and the Senate will have majority support for medical marijuana in the Senate.

For the above reasons and a few more we give him a grade of D+ and almost failing, but this Senate district could be a little higher should he co-sponsor SB 750.

Race for State Senate District 4
A+
Lena Taylor (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Sponsor of Adult Use, Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization. 

Race for State Senate District 6
ENDORSED
A
LaTonya Johnson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Senator Johnson sponsored both Adult Use / Recreational Marijuana and the medical marijuana bill that would allow home grows and smoking products for patients.   She did not sponsor the decriminalizatin measure.  She still gets an A for all she is doing.

A-
Alciro Deacon (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Due to how it is criminalized I believe that legalizing it is good for District 6 as it has highest black male incarceration rate. I also believe that people will continue to use it whether its legal or not. - source

Race for State Senate District 8
C-
Neal Plotkin (D) MEDICAL USE

The campaign for Neal Plotkin has not completed the 2020 NORML Candidate Questionnaire and has one public interview in which marijuana reform was addressed in which he did not specifically answer his stance on recreational cananbis, but did express support for medicinal marijuana.

F
Alberta Darling (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

She has held this Senate seat for nearly 30 years and held onto her prohibitionist position just as long.  

Race for State Senate District 12
ENDORSED
A+
Ed Vocke (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Ed Vocke has been supportive and public on the subject of ending the prohibiton of marijuana for responsible adults in Wisconin.

D
Mary Felzkowski (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This session Rep. Felzkowski deserves and A-.  She is fighting an uphill battle in the worse committee assignments ever for medical marijuana legislation.  She has sponsored a bill this session to create a program and understands a great deal about the topic of marijuana reform.  Her willingness to learn more and all the extra credit she is doing helps secure her A- Rating.

Read more about our work with Rep. Felzkowksi at https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Felzkowski

 

Race for State Senate District 10
B
Patty Schachtner (D) MEDICAL USE

She sponsored AB 570, medical marijuana with home grows.

C
Rob Stafsholt (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We spoke with Sharlene from his office on January 3rd, 2020 and she indicated that Rep. Stafsholt has not taken a "hard stance" on anything marijuana reform and will not be co-sponsoring any marijuana legislation this session.  His office would only say "he looks forward to hearing the issue during a public hearing".

Although past news articles have quoted Rep. Stafsholt as "supporting" medical marijuana and decriminalization, he has failed to sponsor any legislation on the issue and has given contradicting statements on medical marijuana according to news archives below.  We grade him a C

Rep. Stafsholt has announced he is running for Senate.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Stafsholt

Race for State Senate District 14
A+
Joni Anderson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Democrat Joni Anderson from Adams (Campaign Facebook) (Campaign Website) provided a complete statement on marijuana reform and has publicly supported the legalization of both Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis. The campaign website highlights marijuana reform as an important issue.

F
Joan Ballweg (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

A board member for NORML has been active with marijuana reform for over a decade in her district.  Both Senator Olsen and Rep. Ballweg seemed sympathetic back in 2009 while the Republicans were in the minority under a Dem controlled legislature. 2010 changed as Republicans took control and basically killed everything marijuana related, always. Since then, Rep. Ballweg has really failed on the issue.

During 2019, Assembly Republicans worked on the issue and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683) which Rep. Ballweg (R-Markesan) failed to co-sponsor. 

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which she did not co-sponsor.

NOTE: Advisory Referendums on Marijuana in 2018 passed 78% in Marquette County and 80% in Sauk County and Rep. Ballweg Constituent Surveys in 2019 had 73-83% support for marijuana reform.

Race for State Senate District 16
A
Scott Barker (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

His website highlights cannabis reform as a priority issue.

ENDORSED
A
Melissa Sargent (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Leading the way in the Assembly for legal marijuana in Wisconsin is Rep. Sargent.  She earned her A.

She has announced she will not seek re-election to the assembly in 2020 and will be seeking the Senate seat of Miller who is retiring.

Race for State Senate District 18
A+
Aaron Wojciechowski (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Aaron Wojciechowski, the youngest member on the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors and one of the youngest elected officials in Wisconsin. He was elected in April 2016 and re-elected in 2018. He is one of two people of color, and the only openly gay member on the County Board.

When it comes to cannabis reform Aaron has been one of the most vocal advocates for change at the local, state and federal level. His platform of course includes cannabis reform, but his understanding of the issue assures the voice of marijuana reform will not die as his website states his stance loud and proud:

F
Dan Feyen (R) NO MEDICAL USE

As Assistant Majority Leader in the 2019-20 Assembly, Feyen gave early signs of hope to medical marijuana patients in Wisconsin during a April 2019 interview saying "he’s open to the idea". 

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Senate Bill 683) which he failed to co-sponsor.  The support of Senator Feyen on this legislation would have been critical in the Senate.

Race for State Senate District 20
F
Duey Stroebel (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Most recent email from the Senator: "I’m opposed to the legalization of marijuana for any use. Many studies have shown that marijuana may lead to the use of other drugs and a destructive lifestyle. There are currently clinically approved pain therapy methods that do not have the same negative effects as marijuana."

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) have been assigned to the following committees:

2019 Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection

(Chair) Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville) (608) 266-7513 Email: Sen.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov  is blocking any cannabis reform from a public hearing and for his past actions we give him a failing grade of F

Here is the link to the Petition to push the Committee to hold public hearings: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

More information on this Senator can be found at https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Stroebel

Race for State Senate District 22
C+
Bob Wirch (D) MEDICAL USE

Assembly Rep. Wirch (D-Keosha) has been elected since 1992 and is a member of the Assembly Committee of State Affairs.

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Republican Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) are both in his committee.

Rep. Wirch was the only Democrat to co-sponsor the Republican medical marijuana legislation.  Senator Wirch was singled out back in October 2019 as not being a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan medical marijuana effort (SB507).  

Race for State Senate District 24
A-
Paul Piotrowski (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I am in favor of immediate legalization of medical marijuana. After we have accomplished that, we should take a look at how neighboring states and others have legalized recreational use and how to go about both expungement of criminal records and regulation of dispensaries. - source

B+
Patrick Testin (R) MEDICAL USE

SB507 Medical Marijuana is supported and co-sponsored in the Senate by Republican Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point).

This bill allows smoking and home grows. 

This is the first time Republicans have signed their name to a bill in nearly two decades.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/2019/10/18/bipartisan-medical-cannabis-bill-introduced/

https://www.northernwinorml.org/2019/10/19/sb507-ab570-medical-marijuana-legislation-for-2019-20/

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Patrick+Testin

Race for State Senate District 26
ENDORSED
A+
Kelda Roys (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 28
ENDORSED
A+
Adam Murphy (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Adam Murphy addressed marijuana reform in a video on his campaign facebook page which we have archived. He did a great job explaining his views of marijuana reform with facts and education.  He completed the 2020 Candidate Survey.

D-
Julian Bradley (R) MEDICAL USE

Bradley comes out against recreational marijuana, but understands people turn to marijuana for medicinal purposes, his concern is he wants to insure it goes through the same process that any drug would before it is legalized for medicinal purposes and sent out to people. Not in favor of over regulatory situation, but before people are taking a drug prescribed to them that drug has cleared all hurdles.  - source July 30, 2020 candidate interview.

Race for State Senate District 30
B-
Eric Wimberger (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Wimberger ran in 2014 for State Assembly (lost by 18% points) and who also ran for the Wisconsin State Senate for District 30 in 2016 and only lost by 3% points will try for State Senate again in 2020 as the incumbent retires. He joined the Political Radar crew to in 2016 to discuss several key issues that are emerging in Wisconsin. They discuss the viability of marijuana legalization in Wisconsin and its challenges.  And now it is 2020 and "It is just a plant" came from Wimbergers lips.  What does that tell us.  Over the years this candidate has made several public statements about marijuana reform in interviews.

D+
Jonathon Hansen (D) MEDICAL USE

In his campaign interview, Hansen states he is 100% support medical marijuana, but he states he is not in support of legalizing recreational marijuana right now, with his concerns being impaired driving and an increased minor use. He went onto to express concerns over an emerging big marijuana industry and advertising targeting minors like the tobacco industry. He went on to say we should “hold off” and called for more research and studies in the states that have legalized before we move forward here.

Race for State Senate District 32
D+
Brad Pfaff (D) MEDICAL USE

I believe that when it comes to medical purposes, we in Wisconsin need to move forward in terms of medical purposes. I will work with law enforcement as well as community social groups, as well as educators as far as legalizing recreational marijuana. New 19 La Crosse WXOW Interview.

F
Dan Kapanke (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Research tells us Kapanke held the seat in the past, lost in a recall election and then again in 2016 Kapanke lost to now out going Senator Schilling by 56 votes

Race for State Assembly District 1
A+
Kim Jensen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Kim believes marijuana should be legalized for medical AND recreational use. She feels it’s been used to unfairly incarcerate people of color, particularly black Americans. Also, with the state facing budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, the additional tax revenues are badly needed.  - source

A-
Joel Kitchens (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The Sturgeon Bay area is where Rep. Kitchens calls home and thanks to the work for field activists in the area, cannabis possession in your own home in Sturgeon Bay no longer as any penalty, civil or criminal!   This comes after a great deal of work and a coalition of groups in the area pushing marijuana reform.      Right after the elections in 2018, Door County was on of the first counties to declare a supporting resolution supporting medical marijuana.  The following spring 2019, Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor asked residents in the district about medical and recreational marijuana on a local referendum, all four referendums passed.      For being a leader in 2017 on decriminalization and sponsoring both versions of medical marijuana bills, along with the high support he is showing to constituents, Rep. Kitchens receives a grade of A- (thanks to the district for all the extra credit work they did for this rep).

The bad news is both medical marijuana bills are stuck in committee and Rep. Joel Kitchens is not a committee member.

Race for State Assembly District 2
A-
Shae Sortwell (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

He ran for office as a Republican and spoke about marijuana reform on the campaign trail in 2018.  He sponsored legislation his first session as a freshman Assembly Representative.  He is leading the way to common sense reform within the GOP and for that, Rep. Sortwell has earned his A-

Read more about Shae and his work: https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Shae+Sortwell

Race for State Assembly District 3
ENDORSED
A+
Emily Voight (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The campaign of Emily Voight provided for an early statement on marijuana reform: "I’m for full legalization of marijuana, adding I think we need to follow the model of Colorado for taxation and regulation." She did indicate support for home grows if for personal use and not for sale. She closed out the conversation "Especially with everything going on, if marijuana were fully legal that would cut down on the number of arrests and people in prison."

C
Ron Tusler (R) MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2018, Tusler a Republican from Harrison did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

But he earned some extra credit points in 2019 by actually calling a voter in his district back after they sent an email to them regarding AB 570, the medical marijuana bill with home grows and smoking allowed, adding onto the potential "YES" votes to this piece of legislation.

His ability to gain extra credits would be to help move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana through committee.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

Race for State Assembly District 4
ENDORSED
A+
Kathy Hinkfuss (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

My life experiences have led me to my purposeful decision to run for State Representative in District 4. I have a passion for helping our community solve problems through professional and volunteer-based work, and strive to create a lasting benefit to District 4 and be a voice for all in Madison. I ask for your vote on or before November 3, 2020.

C
David Steffen (R) MEDICAL USE

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not co-sponsor but "may" support. Click link to send a message to support medical marijuana legalization.

Race for State Assembly District 5
F
Jim Steineke (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Failure is on the report card of Repubulican Assembly Leader Jim Steinke.   In past news articles over the past decade he has stated he would not sponsor legislation on the issue and holds up to that promise.  He gives false hopes to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin by saying he is "open to the idea of medical marijuana".  Rep. Steineke has offered little more than stall tactics in even the basic steps of medical marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) for co-spsonsorship which Steineke did not sponsor. 

His inability as the Republican Majority Leader to help move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana legislation through committee is clear that he has failed and deserves his F

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

Race for State Assembly District 6
A
Richard Sarnwick (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Back in 2018 when he ran, Dr. Sarnwick said "I feel the state should just legalize marijuana. People who use it get it anyway. Take the sale of marijuana away from people who are selling it illegally, and tax the heck out of it.  Use the tax money to fund drug treatment programs, and mental health programs. We should be willing to pay mental health caregivers a great salary, attract them to our state and we will all see dividends from a program like this. I see opportunity to improve our drug treatment and mental health programs using this model. - 2018 Campaign Statement

D+
Gary Tauchen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Rep. Gary Tauchen received a D+ at this time.   His opposition statement is weak, his own survey yeilded 63% support for medical, he did not co-sponsor the Republican medical marijuana bill and he is Vice Chair on the Assembly Committee of State Affiars which has not scheduled any marijuana legislation for a public hearing.

Race for State Assembly District 7
F
Daniel Riemer (D)

This Democrat Assembly Representative from Milwaukee has not co-sponsored any marijuana legislation.

Race for State Assembly District 8
ENDORSED
A+
Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

When we research candidates for office and a simple google search turns up multiple results with that candidates name and marijuana reform, it makes the job a little easier. When the candidate also has marijuana reform as a platform campaign issue, that makes the public finding that information easier.

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is the current 12 District Milwaukee County Supervisor and also a Democratic Candidate for Assembly District 8 in Milwaukee. She is fondly known as the queen of hemp in Milwaukee County. Past news articles have highlighted her reform efforts:

  1. 2018 supported placing marijuana related referendum on the ballot for November 2018
  2. Passed a resolution to proprogate hemp clones at the mitchell park domes greenhouses
  3. Passed a resolution to use agricultural land owned by the Milwaukee County for lease to others for hemp production
A
Angel Sanchez (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Angel Sanchez is a Republican Candidate for State Assembly District 8. He was a Milwaukee City Alderman from 2000 through 2004. His campaign immediately caught our attention because of his vocal support of legalizing marijuana for use by responsible adults. His campaign signs are themed with marijuana reform and are adorned by a bright green cannabis leaf.

Race for State Assembly District 9
F
Marisabel Cabrera (D)

This freshman assembly representative from Milwaukee has not co-sponsored any marijuana legislation her first term in office.  Elected in 2018, she does sit on the Assembly Committee on State Affairs assigned the medical marijuana bills.

Race for State Assembly District 10
ENDORSED
A-
David Bowen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Bowen sponsored adult use and medical marijuana legislatoin.

Race for State Assembly District 11
A
Orlando Owens (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Orlando Owes talks about why he supports medical marijuana 100% and since he is a jobs guy, the opportunity recreational marijuana brings seems to make sense to him.

A
Dora Drake (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Dora Drake said her stance is that she supports legalizing adult use of marijuana because of revenue and a moral stand point and address social justice issues. - source

Race for State Assembly District 12
B
LaKeshia Myers (D) DECRIMINALIZE

As a candidate she did not support recreational marijuana measures and leaned towards decriminalization.  The newly elected Rep. Myers from Milwaukee did not author, sponsor or co-sponsor legislation on marijuana reform her first session as an Assembly Representative.

Race for State Assembly District 13
A
Sara Rodriguez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

She said follow the science and data and it leads you to legalized marijuana does not increase the bad effects in your community.

F
Rob Hutton (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Brookfield has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2012.

In 2018 his candidate interview said he is against recreational marijuana, he said marijuana is a gateway drug and is even hesitant on medical marijuana.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.  He did not co-sponsor the bi-partisan AB 1004 (2019-Decriminalization) nor the bi-partisan 2017 bill to decriminalize 10 grams of cannabis.

Race for State Assembly District 14
F
Bonnie Lee (R)

Bonnie Lee (R-Wauwatosa) seemed to indicate in her candidate interview that the FDA pipeline allows Wisconsin to have medical marijuana and it is available.  She failed to respond to our request for clarification and she failed to complete the 2020 Candidate Questionniare.  She also failed to support ending the prohibition of adult use cannabis in Wisconsin.

F
Robyn Vining (D)

Elected in 2018, former pastor and first year assembly representative from Wauwatosa did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

Race for State Assembly District 15
ENDORSED
A+
Jessica Katzenmeyer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I am 100% in favor of marijuana legalization and decriminalization. Recently we released my healthcare plan. As one of the 4 pillars of my healthcare plan includes legalizing marijuana for medical use which has shown more and more positive benefits for people who use it.  Source

F
Joe Sanfelippo (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

In past sessions medical marijuana bills died under the watch of Rep. Sanfelippo from New Berlin.  As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, medical marijuana was not even allowed a public hearing under his watch.  In the 2019-20 session, medical marijuana advocates had high hopes as medical marijuana reform was not directed to his committee.    He obviously did not co-sponsor the Republican GOP medical marijuana bill (AB 683) and he continues to give public statements oppossing any marijuana reform.

Race for State Assembly District 16
ENDORSED
C
Kalan Haywood (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This first year assembly representative from Milwaukee did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.  We are giving him a C for his candidate statements addressing marijuana reform, his continued public support in the news, but a Board Member for SE WI NORML indicated she was not happy with his communication on the issue.

We do congratulation him on becoming the youngest person ever elected to state office.  At 19 years old, we have high hopes for his future as a marijuana reformer and would like to see him co-sponsor legislation on the issue.

C
Dennis Walton (I) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I believe in the medical aspects of marijuana, I believe in the decriminalization of marijuana, but I don’t believe that we should be actively promoting the recreational use of marijuana.- source

Race for State Assembly District 17
A+
Supreme Moore-Omokunde (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Supreme Moore Omokunde said he does support both medical and recreational. He speaks in depth about his stance on marijuana reform, including decriminalization and expunging. Please take a moment and listen to his marijuana question response in the video as it is cued to start at the cannabis conversation.

A-
Abie Eisenbach (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

In his campaign interview, he answers the ‘marijuana question by saying “they are buying it already anyways, it is another was to raise revenue in the state….. watch and listen to the candidate on the blog.

Race for State Assembly District 18
B+
Evan Goyke (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

A strong supporter of decriminalization in past sessions and is working hard to unite both parties to support decriminalization of marijuana.  A strong champion in changing how the criminal justice system treats marijuana possession.  This Milwaukee area Democrat earns a solid B+.

Race for State Assembly District 19
A+
Jonathan Brostoff (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Brostoff sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Brostoff for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

ENDORSED
A+
Helmut Fritz (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Assembly District 20
A+
Christine Sinicki (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Milwaukee Assembly Rep Sinicki sponsors marijuana on Adult Use, Medical and Decriminalization.  A leader on the issue deserves an A+

Race for State Assembly District 21
D-
Erik Brooks (D) MEDICAL USE

Erik Brooks is the Mayor of South Milwaukee. In his candidate interview he manages to smirk about the issue, says he is sometimes proud to go against the democrats and on the issue and on marijuana reform, he gives an “OK with medical” but sites concerns as a parent of a 7th grader and sophomore to them having easier access and as an elected official his public health concerns about addiction lead him to believe it is a gateway drug. 

F
Jessie Rodriguez (R) MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Oak Creek has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which she failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which she failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 22
F
Janel Brandtjen (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Menomonee Falls has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which she failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 23
A
Deb Andraca (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Deb Andraca has devloped a strong position on cannabis reform and was happy to complete the NORML 2020 Candidate Questionnaire.

F
Jim Ott (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Mequon has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2006.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 24
ENDORSED
A+
Emily Siegrist (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Emily Siegrist was award an A+ grade from NORML after completing the 2020 Candidate Survey.

F
Dan Knodl (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Rep. Knodl has not sponsored many marijuana reform legislation and we cannot find a tremendous amount of information on his stance and what he is willing to support.   Since the Republicans are looking for an additional sponsor in the Senate for the bill to create a medical marijuana program, since the only public information we could find did not make it sound like Knodl supported reform and since he is a member on the committee in the assembly that is blocking the Republican bill (AB683) from a public hearing, we feel Rep. Knodl deserves a F.

Race for State Assembly District 25
C-
Paul Tittl (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Tittl was a sponsor of the 2017 decriminalization measure and is a sponsor of the 2019-20 Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program for Wisconsin.    Rep. Tittl was one of the first Republicans to publicly ask for a public hearing on medical marijuana in past sessions.   His continued efforts and willingness to work within his caucus to reform the marijuana laws earned Rep. Tittl a solid A-.

Unfortunately, he is not on the committee for medical marijuana legislation for this current session, if he was, maybe the legislation would not be stuck in committee, awiting a public hearing..........

C-
Kerry Trask (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Assembly District 26
ENDORSED
A+
Mary Donohue (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

She gave an early campaign statement about marijuana reform and completed the 2020 Candidate Survey, along with supporting Assembly Bill 220 as written.

F
Terry Katsma (R)

Unfortunately Republican Terry Katsma from Oostburg has not sponsored any marijuana reform legislation since being elected to the State Assembly in 2014 and has not been very public about the issue of marijuana reform. 

During 2019 the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Assembly Rep. Katsma did not sponsor.  

Race for State Assembly District 27
D-
Tyler Vorpagel (R)

Republican assembly representative from Plymouth has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2015.  He has not made any public news statements about the issue, despite having marijuana supporters attend his listening sessions and petitioning directly in his district.

Vorpagel sits on the powerful Assembly Committee on State Affiars that has been assigned both medical marijuana bills this session.

During 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 28
ENDORSED
A
Kim Butler (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
C-
Gae Magnafici (R)

As a candidate for office this elected official had made positives statements about supporting medical marijuana and decriminalization.   Early in the legislation session she signed onto a bill to protect the privacy of firearms owners should Wisconsin ever go medical.  We had high hopes, as she is one of the limited number of elected officials a medical background.    Her Spring 2019 GOP Survey showed over 68% supported medical marijuana and patients had high hopes she would sponsor legislation her first session.  Patients were disappointed she did not sign onto either version of the medical marijuana bills this session.  Without sponsoring more legislation or co-sponsoring the current decriminalization bill, this elected official is holding a C- rating.

Race for State Assembly District 29
ENDORSED
A+
Clint Moses (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Clint Moses is a Chiropractor, in the video he says he used to be against marijuana in any form…but he does support medical now, because of his practice he witnessed patients use cannabis with great success, especially chronic pain. He goes onto state that any drug could be misused, like tobacco or alcohol. Recreational marijuana is a little grey for him, saying it is not an area he can jump 100% on board with. - July 2, 2020 Candidate Interview.

A
John Calabrese (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

“I firmly believe marijuana should be legalized for medical and recreational use. It should be taxed and regulated and there should be mechanisms in place to allow residents to grow their own up to a certain amount. We should also expunge the records of anyone in prison or on probation for non violent marijuana related infractions.“  source

Race for State Assembly District 30
ENDORSED
A+
Sarah Yacoub (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Opioid addiction is ripping apart our communities. Doctors continue prescribing severely addictive medication like Vicodin and Oxycontin, while states that allow medical marijuana have witnessed a 25% reduction in opioid overdoses. 

Veterans suffering with PTSD, cancer and chronic pain patients, kids with epilepsy or autism – these people are suffering needlessly. They should have access to doctor sanctioned medical marijuana without fear of becoming felons.

As a deputy district attorney, I’ve seen how marijuana is an effective gateway out of harder, more deadly and destructive addictions. We as tax payers spend so much money on marijuana prohibition and the costs simply aren’t justified by the infringements on personal liberty. 

I stand with the majority of Wisconsinites that believe marijuana should be legal. I believe in strengthening law and policy that educate and distance children from exposure. Drug dealers don’t care about the age of the customer and don’t just sell pot. Licensed stores, like a liquor store, have a vested interest in checking IDs and keeping marijuana out of the hands of anyone under the age of 21. - source

D-
Shannon Zimmerman (R) MEDICAL USE

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.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

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.

Race for State Assembly District 31
B+
Elizabeth Lochner-Abel (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rock County in her district sent a clear message when 69% of voters supported legalizing adult use marijuana, taxing and regulating cannabis like alcohol.  She provided an early campagin statement and we have archived her candidate interview on the issue which you can watch and listen to her answer the 'marijuana question', but she did not send a clear message to NORML by completing the candidate survey.

B
Amy Loudenbeck (R) MEDICAL USE

Loudenbeck is from Clinton and lives down there next to the state on our Southern border that now has legalized marijuana.   At least this Rep was not so quick to dismiss recreational marijuana and just say NO after the 2018 referendums.  Rock County in her district sent a clear message when 69% of voters supported legalizing adult use marijuana, taxing and regulating cannabis like alcohol.  Rep. Loudenbeck did co-sponsor the Republican bill to start a medical marijuana program and look for her to take the lead on next session on discussing decriminalization and legalization.

Race for State Assembly District 32
ENDORSED
A+
Katherine Gaulke (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We did not have to even ask her about her stance on marijuana reform as it was clearly on her website as an important issue.  She completed the candidate questionnaire and supports AB 220.

F
Tyler August (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

As the right hand man of Robin Vos, Rep. August could have helped moved the bipartisan medical marijuana to a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on State Affairs.  In fact, in January 2019 he seemed open to supporting a push for a public hearing on the issue among the assembly by saying, "It’s a conversation (re medical marijuana) that I’m not opposed to having, but we need to have that separate of the state budget."

During  the following 12 months of 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans worked on the issue and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.   

Race for State Assembly District 33
A+
Mason Becker (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The current Fort Atkinson City Council President running to represent the WI 33rd State Assembly District. His campaign website clearly indicates he supports the reform of cannabis laws in Wisconsin.

Legalize It. Regulate It. Tax It.

F
Cody Horlacher (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Mukwonago has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 34
A
Kirk Bangstad (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We have a field activist in the district and the Incumbent was a target district, so we know there is some high activity in the area and hoped a viable challenger would emerge and embrace the issue. Mr. Bangstad not only took the time to chat with us, he personally addressed his campaign via Facebook. He followed up with his answers to our 2020 Candidate Questionnaire

F
Rob Swearingen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican Rob Swearingen Chairs of the Assembly Committee of State Affairs, which is/was "in charge" of medical marijuana for the 2019-20 legislative session. He was one the Republicans that gutted everything marijuana reform related from the budget, calling for the issue(s) to be addressed outside the budget. The next step in the process was to hold a public hearing on the issue. Rep Swearingen in February 2020 saidI’d be willing to look at a proposal for medical marijuana as long as it was prescribed by a doctor and filled by a licensed pharmacy.”

Rep Swearingen held his very own Spring 2019 GOP Survey and results yielded 63% support medical marijuana.

Well, he lied, again. The past medical marijuana legislation fit that bill by definition came, Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and then the Republican Caucus bill vetted to get a public hearing arrived Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program). Both are stuck in the committee he is the leader of. Most likely medical marijuana legislation will die in committee under the watchful eye of Committee Chair Rob Swearingen.

Rep. Swearingen maybe pushing "pill only form" of legislation, but he is still denying any cannabis reform from public hearings in his committee and for that reason we grade him a F.

Race for State Assembly District 35
A-
Tyler Ruprecht (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Assembly District 36
F
Jeffrey Mursau (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Crivitz has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2004.

During the 2018 referendums in the counties he represents had 79% and 77% support for medical marijuana.    Rep. Mursau conducted his own 2019 GOP Spring Survey of his constituents in which 64% voted to support medical marijuana.    So instead of co-sponsor the Republican Caucus approved medical marijuana bill, Rep. Mursau teams up with Rep. Rob Swearingen to go visit an unregulated adult use social club in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with police to make a video against medical marijuana.    In later interviews Mursau blames the whole day on  Swearingen (who is the Chair of the Committee that is holding medical marijuana from even a public hearing).

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Rep. Mursau has failed now for 16 years to support any marijuana reform.

Race for State Assembly District 37
A
Abigail Lowery (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Early in the campaign season, Abigail Lowery took a stance on marijuana reform saying "I support regulating marijuana in the same way we regulate alcohol. Transitioning to this approach with marijuana would have many positive effects on social justice, criminal justice, and the economy."

B-
John Jagler (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Jagler has been "swayed" to support medical marijuana and now sits on the committee for the 2019-20 that medical marijuana bills.   As a Republican he did not officially co-sponsor any medical marijuana legislation, but he did express the need for a public hearing on adult use / recreational marijuana and with a little work he could easily be an A+ legisaltor on medical marijuana and lead the conversation on cannabis reform within the Republican Party.

Race for State Assembly District 38
ENDORSED
A+
Melissa Winker (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Early in her campaign she stated "I support medical marijuana, like 83% of my fellow Wisconsin voters. Many patients finding relief from chronic medical conditions would benefit from this legislation."

Melissa Winker also completed the NORML 2020 Candidate Survey and supports all the fundamental key issues about marijuana reform and has also indicated her support for Assembly Bill 220 from the previous legislative session. 

F
Barbara Dittrich (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Oconomowoc was just elected in 2018 and in her candidate interview stated she is "vehemently opposed to THC in any form"  has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform at all during her first two years in office.    Despite her opposition, her office conducted a 2019 Spring GOP Survey which she asked her voting base which responded with support of marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which she failed to co-sponsor despite public and district support.  Now late into the 2020 session, Rep. Dittrich is flip-flopping on her social media policy and maybe giving public statements asking for a public hearing on the issue, it is unclear as her office does not return our phone calls or messages.

 

Race for State Assembly District 39
ENDORSED
A+
Izzy Nevarez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Izzy Hassey Nevarez clearly believes in legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational use, his website says so!

C-
Mark Born (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Born has been somewhat quiet regarding his support for medical marijuana reform and comes in as a late co-sponsor to the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program.

Mark Born is an American law enforcement officer and politician. Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Born graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. He then worked in the Dodge County, Wisconsin sheriff department. Born also served on the Beaver Dam Common Council.

Race for State Assembly District 40
ENDORSED
A+
Deb Silvers (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We did not need to educate her on marijuana reform as she completed the 2020 NORML Candidate Questionnaire.

F
Kevin Petersen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Waupaca has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2006.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 41
A+
Nate Zimdars (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
A+
Jean Bartz (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Jean Bartz from Wisconsin Dells: With 83% of Wisconsinites supporting the legalization of medical marijuana and 59% supporting full legalization, we need to move forward with the legalization process.  As recent as December 2019, our representatives voiced support for this process, but refused to move forward due to the politics.  I believe we can work together, across the aisles, to bring Wisconsin forward in our marijuana policies.  I also believe that taxing the sale of recreational marijuana would provide additional income to our state that could be used for things like infrastructure and schools as well as reducing money spent on policing enforcement and imprisonment of those convicted of marijuana-related offense.  (Campaign Facebook) (Campaign Website)

D
Alex Dallman (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State Assembly District 42
ENDORSED
A+
Melisa Arndt (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

She addressed in her campaign interview she is a nurse and she is actually supports both medical and recreational. She says marijuana is already here in Wisconsin and we are so behind in the this state, the tax revenue off sales also is a reason to talk about it. She uses the term ‘ridiculous’ that the issue has not been brought up in the legislature

C-
Jon Plumer (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Plumer is a sponsor of the Republican Assembly Bill 750 Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program. 

As a freshman Republican, his 2019 GOP Spring Survey showed over 70% support for medical marijuana.

He could have received a higher grade, but as Chair of Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention he failed to recognize that medical marijuana could help and prevent substance abuse, a term we all know as harm reduction.  

Race for State Assembly District 43
B+
Don Vruwink (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Vruwink from Milton sponsors decriminalizatoin and medical marijuana measures this session.

B
Beth Drew (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Current Town Supervisor in Dane County.

Race for State Assembly District 44
ENDORSED
A+
Sue Conley (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Sue Conley completed the 2020 NORML Candidate Survey indicating support the reform of marijuana laws and AB 220.

F
DuWayne Severson (R) MEDICAL USE

2020 Candidate Interview he expressed "open to medical" and "against recreational marijuana".  His campaign did not respond to the NORML Candidate Survey.

Race for State Assembly District 45
A+
Mark Spreitzer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Spreitzer co-sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask.  Thank you Rep.  Spreitzer for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Spreitzer

D+
Tawny Gustina (R) MEDICAL USE

Her campaign has not completed the NORML Canddiate Survey.

Race for State Assembly District 46
A-
Gary Hebl (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Gary Hebl from the Sun Prairie he sponsored all two bills this session:

1) Adult Use / Recreational-Medical Combo Bill

2) Grow Your Own/Smoking Products Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill and

Thank you Rep.  Hebl for your past, continued and future support on marijuana reform, you earned your A- rating.

A-
Terry Lyon (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Terry Lyon begins to address the multiple reasons why he supports ending prohibition of cannabis for use by responsible adults in his campaign interview.

Highlights in the interview are:

He would like to see “no taxes” as the constitution does not allow the governement to own a plant.

He talks about the racial disparity for prosecution of a plant.

“It is just a plant” and he closes out touching on some civil liberties issues surrounding the cannabis plant.

Race for State Assembly District 47
ENDORSED
A+
Jimmy Anderson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Anderson sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Anderson for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

A
Phil Anderson (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Phil Anderson is a Libertarian running under the Republican party, as he addresses in his WI EYE Interview. He pledges not to change his libertarian views and goals. His campaign has included cannabis reform as a priority and part of of his criminal justice reform.

Race for State Assembly District 48
A
Samuel Anderson (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Platform on official campaign website:

Criminal Justice Reform

I believe that it is past time to reform our criminal justice system in Wisconsin. We need to ensure that our law enforcement and minority communities are not put in a position to fail. I will do everything I can to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Wisconsin and pardon non-violent drug offenders to get them out of prisons and back into the economy and their families. I believe that the first big step in reforming this system is eliminating the largest cause of incarceration in the US and Wisconsin.

ENDORSED
A
Samba Baldeh (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

On June 30, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Samba Baldeh (D-Madison) who is running for the 48th Assembly District District in the upcoming partisan primary election. Marijuana Q & A starts at 9:20 and talks about his support of medical and recreational law changes. - source

Race for State Assembly District 49
A+
Shaun Murphy-Lopez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I am in support of legalizing medical and recreational use of marijuana. - source

F
Travis Tranel (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

After nearly a decade in office this Republican dairy farmer from Cuba City did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform since elected.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 50
A+
Mark Waldon (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

He was one of the first campaigns to make contact with a chapter to make sure we are aware he is running and cannabis reform is a priority.  In fact, when we first visited his Facebook Campaign Page he was discussing how cannabis legalization would help small farmers.  He closed out our conversation by saying "Besides the long list of benefits that come with legalization, it’s what the people want."

F
Tony Kurtz (R)

As a candidate on the campaign trail we know Rep. Kurtz heard from people who support marijuana reform. 

The Freshman Republican assembly representative from Wonewoc has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 51
ENDORSED
A+
Kriss Marion (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We are familiar with Kriss Marion from her 2018 Senate campaign in which she was a full supporter legalizing marijuana. - source

B+
Todd Novak (R) MEDICAL USE

Wisconsin saw two versions of medical marijuana legislation for the 2019-2020 session and Rep. Novak sponsored both of them.  With 84% of his district supporting medical marijuana reform and citizen lobbyists in the district reporting this rep supported medical cannabis, we expected Rep. Novak to make a move and award him a B+ for being one of the first Republicans in way too long to sponsor medical marijuana legislation.

Race for State Assembly District 52
A
Julie Schroeder (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

While I don’t have a full plan for reform, I do support it.

Some of the reasons I am in support are:
1. Marijuana related crimes are unjustly targeting the African American population.
2. Potential for more taxable Income the state can use to fully fund our schools.
3. Reduce incarceration which reduces prison costs. Again this frees up money for other areas that are hurting. - source

 

F
Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Elected first in 2010, this Republican is only known for authoring legislation to negatively impact marijuana consumers early in his career.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor and really has only offered lip service on medical marijuana reform, saying he supports "FDA Approved Medical Marijuana."

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

Rep. Thiesfeldt continues to fail.

Race for State Assembly District 53
A-
Michael Schraa (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Hard to read at times, but proof is in the pudding.  Rep. Schraa was a 2017 sponsor of decriminalization  and a first Republican on the marijuana reform scene in many many years........ and now in 2020 sponsored a Republican version of medical marijuana to create a program here in our state.  The legislation he sponsored was designed to get the issue a public hearing.    The bill he sponsored is stuck in committee he is a member of, so who knows what the future holds for this Assembly Rep from the Oshkosh area.  He has come a long way since 2013 and for his continuing efforts on the issue we does deserve at A- for this session.

Race for State Assembly District 54
A
Donny Herman (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Since I’ve never actually smoked marijuana I don’t have a lot of knowledge of it what it does to the body but I don’t see any reason why can’t be legalized as long as its controlled like alcohol with restrictions of smoking it with age and have health inspectors set up a system so it regulated so nobody sells tainted product. - source

D+
Gordon Hintz (D) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Gordon Hintz has kind of seemed supportive of decriminalization and legalization in the past.  Elected in 2006, it was not until 2017 before Hintz signed his name to a piece of marijuana reform legislation.  In 2016 and 2017 Oshkosh area supporters collected thousands of signatures to force a decrimalization measure in the city of Oshkosh.  In 2017 Rep. Hintz took the role as Assembly Minority Leader for the Democrats.  He ran unopposed in 2018.   In 2019 Hintz co-sponsored a medical marijuana bill (AB 570).

If Hintz co-sponsored AB 220 (Legalization) or SB 577 (Decriminalization) as Democrat Minority Leader, it would send a clear message two both parties that marijuana reform is a top agenda.  If he is serious about reform and authored a legalization bill next session if re-elected, we all would feel more comfortable about his stance on marijuana reform.

Race for State Assembly District 55
A-
Dan Schierl (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Schierl has been vocal about reform in his past election campaigns and cannabis reform is on his official campaign website as a platform inssue:
I support a statewide referendum regarding the full legalization for both medical and recreational use (Assembly Bill 220 is what he is referencing).   
I also support releasing those incarcerated for possession or selling, as non violent crimes.
A-
Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

She says is open to any innovative to bring in revenues, other states have legalized adult use and we know the pros and cons, many constituents have contacted her support for adult use. For medial marijuana, she knows patients who have been prescribed marijuana and it benefits them, in a time that we are missing 2 million in revenue is it something to look at possibly. - source

Race for State Assembly District 56
A
Diana Lawrence (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Diana Lawrence has expressed support for marijuana reform as a candidate in past election cycles. 

D-
Dave Murphy (R) MEDICAL USE

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. 

Rep. Murphy could save his failing grade by helping the medical marijuana bills "stuck" in committee and being denied a public hearing.   Although Rep. Murphy is not a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, we would ask constituents in his district to call Murphy and ask him to support AB 750 and call on the committee members to hold a public hearing.

Race for State Assembly District 57
ENDORSED
A+
Lee Snodgrass (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

When I ran in 2018, I made sure to include my pro-cannabis stance on my website http://votesnodgrass.com/. It was important for me to let constituents know that from pain management, to criminal justice, to economic recovery, legalizing just makes sense.

A
Eric Beach (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

NORML was first introduced to Eric Beach when he spoke to a chapter about his campaign at a meeting in the Appleton Public Library early in the spring of 2020.  We have had some great conversations with him and he completed a 2020 Candidate Questionnaire.

Race for State Assembly District 58
F
Rick Gundrum (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Governor Evers’ budget proposal would also establish an expungement procedure for people convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 26 grams of marijuana and have completed their sentences.

Republicans who control the legislature would have to approve the budget items. State Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) says he’ll vote against the measure.

“Unless it’s proven otherwise, I think it opens up the door to legalize it for recreational marijuana and I am definitely opposed to that,” Gundrum says.

During 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 59
D-
Timothy Ramthun (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Tim Ramthum statements about marijuana reform come in August after his primary victory and with confidence that he will be elected in November, as he faced no democratic challenger.   The report broke as Fond du Lac county discussed placing marijuana referendums on the ballot.  Ramthun (from Campbellsport) said action needs to be taken at the state level, adding “We can’t say let’s all do it and it will be OK. We need structure and control."

During 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.  Rep. Ramthun failed to take any action at providing the structure and control of marijuana reform at the state level this session.

Race for State Assembly District 60
F
Rob Brooks (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Saukville has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 61
D-
Samantha Kerkman (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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.

Race for State Assembly District 62
ENDORSED
A+
August Schutz (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I think that Recreational Marijuana should be legalized in the State of Wisconsin, rather than being considered a controlled substance.  source

F
Robert Wittke (R)

Elected in 2018, this Republican freshman assembly representative from Racine did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 63
ENDORSED
A+
Joel Jacobsen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
D-
Robin Vos (R) MEDICAL USE MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

One step above failure is Speaker Robin Vos.   In past news articles he has stated he would not sponsor legislation on the issue and holds up to that promise.  He gives false hopes to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin by saying he "supports medical marijuana".  Rep. Vos has offered little more than stall tactics in even the basic steps of medical marijuana reform.

His inability to move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana through committee is clear that he is close to failure on the issue.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

 

Race for State Assembly District 64
D+
Tip McGuire (D)

Rep. McGuire did not co-sponsor the “Erpenbach/Testin/Taylor Medical Marijuana Bill AB570.

Rep. McGuire does hold a seat on the Assembly Committee of State Affairs which will be the committee to handle medical marijuana for 2019-2020 legislative session.

We must mention the Republican legislative attempt to create a medical marijuana program (AB750). We found that Rep. Tip McGuire did not join his Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) in co-sponsoring AB750. If Rep. McGuire sponsored either of these pieces of legislation the committee would tip from opposed to supportive, in theory.  For being one of only Democrats on the Committee to NOT sponsor a bill this session, we grade Rep. Tip McGuire a D+ but with an extra credit assignment due yet this session, Rep. McGuire could tip the scales and get and A for effort by achieving a public hearing on medical marijuana in the committee he is a member of.

November 2018, 88% of Kenosha County voters supported an advisory referendum to legalize medical marijuana.

 

D
Ed Hibsch (R) MEDICAL USE
Race for State Assembly District 65
A+
Tod Ohnstad (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Ohnstad sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Ohnstad for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Ohnstad

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) have been assigned to the Assembly Committee on State Affiairs which Rep. Ohnstad is a member of.  Currently, both pieces of legisalatin ares stuck in that committee and cannot receive the public hearing they need to advance.

Please sign the petition to the committees holding up medical marijuana legislation.

F
Crystal Miller (R)

In her WI EYE interview she takes a minute to tell us she wanted to learn more and is not taking a hard stance… good or bad? Listen and watch for yourself, video all cued up at 9:53 to start and is archived on our blog.

Race for State Assembly District 66
ENDORSED
A+
Will Leverson (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Republican Will Leverson from Racine has some strong personal views about marijuana reform. His experiences both in and out of politics is what he attributes his favorable view of marijuana reform.

Leverson responded via the 2020 NORML Candidate Questionnaire that he supports ending federal marijuana prohibition, as well as decriminalization, medicalization and legalization of cannabis in Wisconsin. He added that he supports the comprehensive bill AB 220 that was introduced in 2019.

This information and his conversations with NORML representatives have lead to an A+ grade from NORML as a candidate during the Smoke the Vote Project.

C-
Greta Neubauer (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This freshman assembly rep from Racine did not co-sponsor any marijuana legislation her first session.  Although she made public statement about the marijuana reform in the budget, her statements did not touch on adult use/recreational marijuana.  With her district showing 85% support for medical and 59% for recreational marijuana in the 2018 referendums, we had high hopes this representative would have co-sponsored all marijuana reform bills in the 2019-2020.   Should she be re-elected in 2020, she can raise her grade by working on the issue.

Race for State Assembly District 67
A+
Chris Kapsner (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Chris Kapsner is a leading member of a group of doctors who provide emergency services to hospitals in Western Wisconsin, Minnesota and Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The organization serves numerous hospitals and employs hundreds in the region. Chris works as a medical director for a major hospital.

His campaign has addressed marijuana reform and added “Our campaign is about giving people the tools to live their best future. Government should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

B-
Rob Summerfield (R) MEDICAL USE

We do not know much about Rep. Summerfield and his stance on marijuana reform.  Elected in 2016, he took an early lead on hinting that he would support marijuana reform in the future and this young man from Bloomer has sponsored the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program and he also is a member of the committee in which the medical marijuana bills are stuck and have not been scheduled for a public hearing.

Race for State Assembly District 68
ENDORSED
A+
Emily Berge (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Not new to marijuana reform, Emily Berge is currently serving on the Eau Claire City County and she voted in favor of lowering the marijuana fine to $1 which ended up passing council.

Considering that in 2018, 67% of Clark County voters voted in favor of medical marijuana and 54% of voters in Eau Claire County voted in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana (and another 31% voted for medical marijuana ), I think it is essential to work towards marijuana reform.  Since the 68th Assembly District includes these counties with Eau Claire County being the largest county in the district, it is clear where most of my district stands on marijuana reform. - source

B-
Jesse James (R) MEDICAL USE

We watched this district election and during the campaign saw the Democrat (Johnson) and Republican (James) oppose legalizing recreational marijuana. But having Law Enforcement (Republican James) on our side for medical marijuana cannot hurt, as the then candidate James expressed support for medical cannabis.   Sticking to a campaign promise and having sponsored medical marijuana legislation his first term as a freshman Republican earned this legislator a B- rating.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Jesse+James

Race for State Assembly District 69
ENDORSED
A+
Brian Giles (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
D-
Donna Rozar (R) MEDICAL USE

Candidate Rozar stance on marijuana reform May 2020I support the use of marijuana for medical purposes. I am ambivalent and not convinced that recreational use is a good idea. From a public health and law enforcement perspective it appears to be a horrible idea. Others support it and encourage taxing it but I wonder about supporting government programs with “sin taxes”? Just doesn’t seem very prudent.

Race for State Assembly District 70
ENDORSED
A+
John Baldus (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Candidate Questionnaire on file, candidate supports 2019-20 Assembly Bill AB 220 to legalize marijuana.

F
Nancy VanderMeer (R)

Elected since 2014, this Tomah area representative has never co-sponsored legislation to reform marijuana laws.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which VanderMeer did not sponsor. 

Race for State Assembly District 71
ENDORSED
A-
Katrina Shankland (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

A late addition as a co-sponsor of the recreational marijuana legislation at the end of 2019, along with original sponsorships of medical marijuana with home grows and decriminalization measures brings Rep. Shankland from Stevens Point to a A-

Race for State Assembly District 72
A+
Criste Greening (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Candidate survey on file, candidate supports the 2019-20 Assembly Bill AB 220

C-
Scott Krug (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Krug could do a much better job communicating with constituents in the district about the issue.    We have mixed reports from people in his district on what Krug is willing to support.   What we do know for sure is that shortly after being re-elected in 2018 he announced to expect Republican bill(s) this session on medical marijuana but as the session lingered on and constituents contacted him, he seemed to be silent.   

His Senate District is that of fellow Republican Testin, who did sponsor the Bi-partisan Medical Marijuana Bill that allows home grow and smoking products.  He was also a late comer to the game on the Republican bill it seems and was not an author or original sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 73
B
Nick Milroy (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

In 2018 the City of Superior decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and the City of Ashland approved measures about declaring a resolution to support both medical and recreational cannabis.     Rep. Milroy has served a dozen years in the Assembly and has sponsored medical marijuana legislation this session, but has not sponsored recreational marijuana and although shows signs of support decriminaliztion measures, he has yet to author or co-sponsor legislation on decriminalization of marijuana.

Race for State Assembly District 74
F
Beth Meyers (D)

In 2018 the City of Superior decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and the City of Ashland approved measures about declaring a resolution to support both medical and recreational cannabis.  The Democrat from Bayfield did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020. 

 

Race for State Assembly District 75
F
David Armstrong (R)

In his candidate interview he stated he has 33 years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol and does not think we need something else to get high from in Wisconsin and is definitely not in favor of recreational marijuana. On medicinal, he would “listen” as this is something he has not been real involved in.

Race for State Assembly District 76
A
Patrick Hull (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The legalization of marijuana is at the top of my list. Not only would legalizing marijuana provide assistance to people who need it medically, such as veterans with PTSD and those with chronic health problems, but it would also be a step toward ending the blatantly racist war on drugs.

ENDORSED
A
Francesca Hong (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Assembly District 77
ENDORSED
A+
Shelia Stubbs (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Freshman Democrat Assembly Rep Shelia Stubbs is incredible when it comes to knowledge of marijuana reform.    The Madison rep has really worked hard for cannabis consumers, patients and those convicted of past cannabis crimes.   We look forward to working with her in the future and are happy to award her an A+.   Priorities you want, she has them right here:

1) Adult Use / Recreational

2) Grow Your Own/Smoking Products Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill and

3) Decriminalization.

Race for State Assembly District 78
ENDORSED
B+
Lisa Subeck (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Receiving a high grade last session by co-sponsoring a varitey of billls, we hope to see her name on adult use/recreational marijuana reform if re-elected. This Madison area Democrat ran unopposed as an incumbent in  2018 and ended up co-sponsoring medical marijuana with home grows and smoking products, along with both versions for decriminalization for the 2019-2020 session.

Race for State Assembly District 79
A-
Victoria Fueger (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

In her campaign interview, Victoria begins to answer her own question, “Why is marijuana illegal anyways” and adds “it is just a plant” along the way. Watch for your self and her in her own voice, but it seems pretty evident about her stance on marijuana reform.” No one should go to jail for a plant.

B
Dianne Hesselbein (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2012, last session she only co-sponsored Industrial Hemp and CBD.  This Middleton area Democrat ran unopposed as an incumbent in  2018 and ended up co-sponsoring medical marijuana with home grows and smoking products, along with decriminalization for the 2019-2020 session to earn her B rating.

Race for State Assembly District 80
A+
Sondy Pope (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Mt. Horeb Assembly Represenative has been elected since 2002 and we can count her support for all forms of marijuana reform as she sponsors all bills covering adult use, medical and decriminalization.   Thank you Sondy, you are an A+ in our book!

ENDORSED
A
Chase Binnie (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I support legalization, but also have concerns over government control and tax motivations.  I would prefer to have no tax on the sale.  - Candidate Questionnaire on file.

Race for State Assembly District 81
ENDORSED
B+
Dave Considine (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Receiving a high grade last session by co-sponsoring a varitey of billls and leading the way on Industrial Hemp is Baraboo Rep. Dave Considine.  He was critical in drafting our Industrial Hemp bill that was first passed into law.  We hope to see his name on adult use/recreational marijuana reform if re-elected. The Democrat ran unopposed as an incumbent in  2018 and ended up co-sponsoring medical marijuana with home grows and smoking products, along with both versions for decriminalization for the 2019-2020 session.

C-
David Dahlke (R) MEDICAL USE

Dahlke wants to see the federal vs states issue resolved and weigh pros and cons on recreational.

Race for State Assembly District 82
ENDORSED
A+
Jacob Malinowski (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

In his candidate interview declares his support for medical cannabis and responsible use of marijuana by adults

F
Ken Skowronski (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Franklin has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.  In 2018 candidate interviews he said he was opposed to medical marijuana, but is becoming more educated on the subject.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 83
ENDORSED
A+
Alan DeYoung (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

A supporter in this area brought the campaign of Alan DeYoung to our attention. Mr. DeYoung told us “I support the legislation of marijuana and have been an advocate for it. I believe Wisconsin is far behind the rest of the country. - source

F
Chuck Wichgers (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Medical sales offering conservative options for pain management was a former career before being elected in 2016, but Rep. Wichgers from Muskego offers no hope or signs of relief to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin that could benefit from medical marijuana.  Early in the beginning of the 2019 session, Rep. Wichgers made a hard stance against marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not support.

Race for State Assembly District 84
F
Mike Kuglitsch (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

All we know at this point about this Assembly Representative is that he is Republican, served a few terms, never co-authored any marijuana reform since elected and is a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs that is in charge of medical marijuana this session.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

Both medical marijuana bills (AB 683-no home grows and AB570 home grows) this session landed in his committee. 

We need a public hearing scheduled from this committee.

Rep. Kuglitsch is running for re-election and is unopposed.  No Democrat filed to run against him and the Republican challenger did not qualilfy for the ballot.

 

Race for State Assembly District 85
A+
Jeff Johnson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Jeff Johnson cuts to the chase and within the first two minutes of the interview says marijuana is safer then alcohol. He mentions referendum in his county and goes onto explain why he thinks Wisconsin is stupid for not legalizing medical and recreational marijuana. Link following to watch, the portion is cued up and ready to go! - source

B-
Patrick Snyder (R) MEDICAL USE

He has only served two terms and growing on issue of medical marijuana.  His district shows high support for cannabis reform and Rep. Snyder responded by at least co-sponsoring the bill to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin.

Race for State Assembly District 86
F
John Spiros (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Rep John Spiros (R-Marshfield) representing Wisconsin’s 86th Assembly District and Chair of the 2019 Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety which is holding up the Legalize Opportunity – Legalize Marijuana Bill (AB 220). In an interview before being re-elected in 2018, he seemed to think CBD Oil was the miracle cure and medical marijuana was not needed, while dismissing the opportunity marijuana reform presents. 

Early in 2019 he also seemed to know his Republican colleagues were working on their caucus to put a medical marijuana bill together.   Spring of 2019 GOP Survey shows 68% support for medical marijuana reform. In December 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not co-sponsor.   He Failed!

Race for State Assembly District 87
A-
James Edming (R) MEDICAL USE

We did not hear much publicly from this Assembly Representative.   Although supporters in the district have said in conversations with the Edming, they felt good about his support for medical marijuana, we are never sure until they sponsor something in writing.    The Spring GOP Survey in the district yielded 67% support for medical marijuana.  The good news is that Rep Edming sponsored both versions of medical marijuana bills this session, along with a companion bill to protect privacy of firearms owners who are also medical marijuana patients earned him a A-.  The bad news is all bills are stuck in committee.

B
Richard Pulcher (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Candidate Questionnairre on file, neutral on recreational marijuana.

Race for State Assembly District 88
ENDORSED
A+
Kristina Lyerly (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

It should be legal, no question. That said, as a physician, I also want to be sure that vulnerable populations, especially pregnant women (my area of expertise) have access to the educational materials they need to make healthy choices and avoid marijuana in pregnancy, same as we recommend that they avoid alcohol.”

Dr. Lyerly has completed out 2020 Candidate Questionnaire:

B+
John Macco (R) MEDICAL USE

For Republican Representative John Macco, the push to legalize marijuana is personal.

“I think Sen. Fitgerald was a little bit quick in his critique and I would have liked him to have a little bit more open-mindedness,” expressed Macco.

Macco said his wife has been traveling to Mexico for alternative health options not available in Wisconsin, so he understands what medical marijuana patients experience when they have to look outside Wisconsin for options.

“For us to have access to that is a real blessing, add I’m frustrated because not everyone has that same access and I wish they would,” he said. “I think there needs to be the tools available for all individuals to have the same access to healthcare that we do.”

Macco hopes the medical marijuana legislation is brought up for debate, but at this time no such debate is planned.

For calling out prohibitionist Senator Scott Fitzgerald alone he deserves a good grade, but also because people in his district say he supports marijuana reform.  Although Rep. Macco did not officially sponsor any legisaltion on the issues this session, we consider him a supporter of medical marijuana and give him a B+

 

Race for State Assembly District 89
ENDORSED
A+
Karl Jaeger (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

“It’s definitely a conversation that needs to happen. My house is just a couple of miles from the Michigan border and it seems a touch ridiculous to me that something can be legal there and a felony just across the bridge.” He added, “everyone knows that Big Business has great representation in Madison–it’s the everyday people of Wisconsin who need it. I will put people first and represent the citizens of Wisconsin. I will work to make Wisconsin a place where our children want to stay and raise their own families.- source

D
John Nygren (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

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.

 

Race for State Assembly District 90
A+
Kristina Shelton (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

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.

B-
Drew Kirsteatter (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Drew has not completed the 2020 Candidate Questionnaire but did have a conversation about marijuana reform in public and has discussed reform with NORML.

Race for State Assembly District 91
A
Jodi Emerson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

As a freshman Democrat in the Assembly, Rep. Emerson stood out as a sponsor of the Adult Use/Medical combination bill we know as "Legalize Marijuana - Legalize Opportunity".  She also sponsored the Decriminalization bill that entered the legislation session late this year.   We thank her for her support on the issue and are happy to issue a solid A grade for this Eau Claire area representative.

D
Charlie Walker (R) MEDICAL USE

For being a jobs and tourism guy, Charlie Walker does not mention or associate marijuana reform with this items, instead... he associates marijuana with huffing and meth? He "thinks" he could support medical marijuana, but the devil is in the details. - source

Race for State Assembly District 92
F
Treig Pronschinske (R)

Elected in 2016, this assembly representative from Mondovi has not supported any legislation on marijuana reform since elected.  Rep. Pronschinske represents the home district of life long medical cannabis advocate Jacki Rickert, who passed away in 2017 before her medicine was legal or her elected official championed the issue for her.

Race for State Assembly District 93
A+
Charlene Warner (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Cannabis has been in use to ease pain and illness since approximately 3000 BC. and was readily accepted across the world and in our country for centuries. I have worked to legalize and/or decriminalize it’s use since it was listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance back in 1970. An act that needs to be repealed in its absurdity. This is NOT a gateway drug. I know many chronically ill individuals who are able to tolerate their pain because they are fortunate to live in states that have at the very least legalized Medical cannabis. Frankly, I want the tax income and the social and economic windfall that would be generated when we stop policing, charging and imprisoning recreational users of cannabis in Wisconsin. - source

F
Warren Petryk (R)

Holding this office for a decade now,  Republican assembly representative from The Town of Washington has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2010.  Part of this district is in Eau Claire County which in 2018 passed an adult use advisory referendum by 54% and medical 84% support.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

 

Race for State Assembly District 94
A
Leroy Brown (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

In his candiate interview he expressed the importance of marijuana reform to him and his campaign.

C-
Steve Doyle (D)

So in researching this we wondered why Rep. Doyle did not sponsor anything and found a few news article about Rep. Doyle and marijuana reform in his area.

In all fairness and to close out, we do believe he supports medical marijuana, as Rep. Doyle was a past co-sponsor of the medical marijuana bill in 2017. We do not know if he supports recreational marijuana, but 63% of La Crosse County supported adult use in the 2018 referendum.

More info: https://www.northernwinorml.org/2020/01/27/did-democrat-rep-doyle-dump-cannabis-reform/

F
Kevin Hoyer (R)

We know in June of 2018 Kevin Hoyer as a county board supervisor voted against the La Crosse County marijuana referendum. We also know that Kevin Hoyer did not respond to the most recent candidate questionnaire.

Race for State Assembly District 95
C-
Jill Billings (D) DECRIMINALIZE

During 2017 Rep. Billings supported CBD legislation and an Assembly Joint Resolution to place a medical marijuana on a state wide non binding referendum.

In 2018 she ran unopposed and in October 2018 had somewhat disappointing news comments, including invoking the "slippery slope theory" by saying "A common path for other states is to open the door with CBD oil and then medical marijuana and then recreational marijuana," and goes onto questioning the validity of medical marijuana.

The 2019-2020 she was not vocal on adult use marijuana reform.  Medical marijuana saw two different bipartisan versions this session, which both came up empty with her name.  She only co-sponsored a decriminalization measure, AB 980 to barely earn her C- this session.

 

Race for State Assembly District 96
A
Josefine Jaynes (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Josefine Jaynes stated in her candidate interview she supports medical marijuana and regulation/taxation of responsible adult use.

F
Loren Oldenburg (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2018, this freshman Republican assembly representative and dairy farmer from Viroqua has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Oldenburg did not sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 97
A+
Aaron Perry (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

You could say medical marijuana seemed high on the list of issues for Waukesha alderman Aaron Perry back in Feb 2018 and now as a candidate adult personal use marijuana makes that list.

As an alderman he lead the effort for the City of Waukesha Marijuana Advisory Referendum which yielded huge support. By a more than 3-to-1 margin, 77 to 23 percent voters approved of medical marijuana. - source

D+
Scott Allen (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Waukesha has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.  He did call for more "research" and took the time to circulate a letter among his co-workers, so that counts for the + in the D.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750).  Despite 77% support for 2018 City of Waukesha Medcial Marijuana Advisory Referendum he failed to co-sponsor a bill crafted by the Republican Caucus.

In March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 98
F
Adam Neylon (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Pewaukee has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Race for State Assembly District 99
C-
Cindi Duchow (R) MEDICAL USE

A new name to marijuana reform is Rep. Cindi Duchow from the Town of Delafield.  This Republican legislator looked like she was going to sign onto medical marijuana reform this session.  She came out of the gates early and helped author a bill to protect firearms owners who are also medical marijuana patients .   Rep. Duchow has not co-sponsored any additional legislation at this point and although labeled potential, she hoovers at  C- grade as we take a wait and see approach with this office.

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B+
Tony Evers (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

As you may remember Governor Tony Evers was for medical marijuana and decriminalization in his 2018 election campaign. He included it in his biennial budget. Somewhere after that things got stuck. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held public hearings to help shape the budget. After the hearings the JFC decided to remove medical marijuana from the budget.

Evers himself is a cancer survivor and sees value in marijuana’s medicinal uses. He agrees with patients having marijuana as a treatment option. We cannot fully understand marijuana’s medicinal potential until it becomes legalized.

Governor Evers recently spoke on this topic in his State of The State Address. He reminds legislators they should represent the people. Currently medical marijuana has about 80% public support. In his address he encouraged bipartisan support for these and other bills.

In 2018, 16 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties had an advisory referendum about marijuana on their November ballots. Some of the questions were different in each county. None of these counties voted for marijuana with less than 50%.

Wisconsin has many bills in the current session. Adult usemedical marijuanadecriminalization, gun rights of medical marijuana patients and drug testing workers for THC are in the legislature.

Lieutenant Governor
A-
Mandela Barnes (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. Senate
A+
Tammy Baldwin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Baldwin has been a long time advocate for cannabis consumers.

U.S. Senate
C
Ron Johnson (R)

Senator Johnson has come out against recreational marijuana legalization, but comments that he is open to seeing data produced by states that are moving forward with recreational cannabis in order to make a further decision. 

U.S. House District 1
C-
Bryan Steil (R)

Bryan Steil is not an advocate for recreational or medicinal marijuana legalization. 

U.S. House District 2
A+
Mark Pocan (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Mark Pocan is a vocal advocate for legalizing cannabis at a federal level. He has consistently voted in favor of progressive reform legislation, and calls for sensible marijuana laws. 

U.S. House District 3
B-
Ron Kind (D) MEDICAL USE

Ron Kind does not hold a favorable view of marijuana or its legalization, but has made comments that he supports the rights of veterans to use the plant in lieu of prescription pills. 

U.S. House District 4
B-
Gwen Moore (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 5
D-
Jim Sensenbrenner (R)

Jim Sensenbrenner has voted against pro-marijuana reform legislation, and opted to not vote when given the opportunity to on the MORE Act 

U.S. House District 6
F
Glenn Grothman (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Glenn Grothman is a proponent for hemp and its ability to help agricultural areas of Wisconsin, but is against recreational marijuana.

U.S. House District 7
F
Tom Tiffany (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Early in 2019 he also seemed to know his Republican colleagues in the Assembly were working in their caucus to put a medical marijuana bill together.   

In December 2019, the Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750/SB683).   AB 750 lead author was Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) who is one of the three assembly districts in the 12th Senate District.  Senator Tiffany did not co-sponsor this legislation (SB683) in the Senate.   He Failed!

Senator Tiffany won his seat in Congress in the 7th District in a special election to replace Duffy early in 2020, but the seat is up for election again in November 2020.

U.S. House District 8
D-
Mike Gallagher (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Mike Gallagher does not support marijuana reform.

State Senate District 1
F
Andre Jacque (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

As an Assembly Representative he ignored constituents on the issue starting back in 2010.  As a Senator he repeats his past performance and earns a solid F.

State Senate District 2
D+
Robert Cowles (R) MEDICAL USE

"Open to medical", "medical marijuana use regulated by a doctor", "supports medical marijuana" are all things we can find in the news archives and what we hear from him in district of Green Bay.  He has been around since the late 80s and we are sure he has heard from enough people over the years to form his opinion and muster courage to sponsor a bill.    This would have been the session, but the lead authors on the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program have two problems.

1) The bill SB 750  is stuck in the Senate Committee

2) The need one more Republican Senator to co-sponsor SB 750 and the Senate will have majority support for medical marijuana in the Senate.

For the above reasons and a few more we give him a grade of D+ and almost failing, but this Senate district could be a little higher should he co-sponsor SB 750.

State Senate District 3
B-
Timothy Carpenter (D) MEDICAL USE

We have Senator Carpenter labeled as a cannaibs supporter.  We are not aware that we sponsored adult use or decriminaliztion measures.  In the past he was against medical marijuana patients growing their own medicine and it appears he has a change of heart as he did sponsr AB 570 this session, which was medical marijuana legislation with home grows.  We grade him a B- but could easy advance up or drop a grade based off his future actions.

State Senate District 4
A+
Lena Taylor (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Sponsor of Adult Use, Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization. 

State Senate District 5
D+
Dale Kooyenga (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Wisconsin’s historic bipartisan cannabis decriminalization bill back in 2017 included a number of sponsors of cannabis law reform legislation not seen before the decades and then Republican Assembly Representative Dale Kooyenga was an author of.    On the campaign trail in 2018 he expressed support for medical cannabis and was highly expected to join other Republican Senators in supporting the issue in the 2019-2020 legislation session.  

Unfortunately, Senator Kooyenga received a D+ for his cold feet in not signing on as a co-sponsor to either version of the medical marijuana bills during the 2019-2020 sessions.  If Senator Kooyenga had signed on, it would have assured majority support in the Senate on the issue and made advancing bills through committee an easier process.

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) have been assigned to harsh committee assignments and Senator Kooyenga support on the bills would have helped tremendously.

State Senate District 6
A
LaTonya Johnson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Senator Johnson sponsored both Adult Use / Recreational Marijuana and the medical marijuana bill that would allow home grows and smoking products for patients.   She did not sponsor the decriminalizatin measure.  She still gets an A for all she is doing.

State Senate District 7
A+
Christopher Larson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Larson sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask.  Thank you Senator Larson for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

Larson was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate for a third term in November 2018. In November 2019, Larson announced that he was running for Milwaukee County Executive, after incumbent county executive Chris Abele announced that he was not seeking re-electon.

State Senate District 8
F
Alberta Darling (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

She has held this Senate seat for nearly 30 years and held onto her prohibitionist position just as long.  

State Senate District 9
F
Devin LeMahieu (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Senator LeMahieu failed, it is just that simple.  F

Out of the 25 attendees in a 2017 listening session, nine people voiced their support of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. Many cited mental health issues they believed would be better treated with cannabis oil than with pharmaceuticals.    “There is a lot of interest on both sides of the issue,” LeMahieu said. “… It is great to have these listening sessions and hear people’s opinions.

His office has continued to ignore the issue and has chosen to remain uneducated while sticking to prohibition as the ideal model set forth by the federal government.

With 1 out of every 722 people in Sheboygan County being arrested for marijuana, you would think decriminalization of marijuana would be something this Senator would be willing to consider...........

 

State Senate District 10
B
Patty Schachtner (D) MEDICAL USE

She sponsored AB 570, medical marijuana with home grows.

State Senate District 11
F
Stephen Nass (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Voting NO to hemp along side Sentor Stroebel gives a clue into the mind of the legislator.  Dismissing public polling and district support seals the deal on Senator Nass failing grade for consecutive sessions.   

State Senate District 13
F
Scott Fitzgerald (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Senator Fitzgerald is a NO to anything marijuana, even allowing public hearings on his watch.  If we could give him a worse grade, we would.

He announced he will not seek re-election and is running for the congressional seat Sensenbrenner is retiring from.

If you really want to know more about him, here is just some of our archives: https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Fitzgerald

 

State Senate District 14
F
Luther Olsen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

With one (1) out of every 120 residents in Waushara County being arrested for marijuana reform you would think the Senator would consider reform options, like decriminalization.   NO

The largest city in Waushara County is approximately only 2,000 people.  This rural county has created more marijuana criminals over the past ten years the number surpasses the population of the largest city.  Other counties in the Senate District 14 are just as bad.  You would think the Senator would want to find out more, after all, he is our "education leader".    NO

Over the past 10 years one of the NORML Board Members in Wisconsin has lived in this district and he sadly reports the Senator has failed his district on the issue and deserves a F.

 

State Senate District 15
B-
Janis Ringhand (D) MEDICAL USE

Senator Ringhand (D-Evansville) has co-sponsored the Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana Bipartisan bill, but has remained "undecided" about recreational marijuana and has not co-sponsor any decriminalization measures this session. As Minority Caucus Vice Chair in the Senate, her lack of support for recreational marijuana hurts the already conservative Senate and does not set the best tone for the Democratic Caucus in general.

State Senate District 16
A+
Mark Miller (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Miller sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask.  Thank you Senator Miller for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

It was sad to hear that he will be retiring and not seeking re-election in 2020.

 

State Senate District 17
F
Howard Marklein (R) NO MEDICAL USE

After serving 10 years in the legislature, Republican Senator Marklein has not really moved on his stance.  He must not have been entertained enough because he did not even co-sponsor the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program for Wisconsin.  Senate Bill 683 does not allow home growing of marijuana or marijuana smoking products.  Vetted and supported by the Caucus, if Senator Marklein was a leader he would have supported this measure.  If Senator Marklein cared about the sick, dying and disabled of his district that benefit from medical marijuana, he would have done more.

State Senate District 18
F
Dan Feyen (R) NO MEDICAL USE

As Assistant Majority Leader in the 2019-20 Assembly, Feyen gave early signs of hope to medical marijuana patients in Wisconsin during a April 2019 interview saying "he’s open to the idea". 

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Senate Bill 683) which he failed to co-sponsor.  The support of Senator Feyen on this legislation would have been critical in the Senate.

State Senate District 19
F
Roger Roth (R) NO MEDICAL USE

The youngest Senate President ever in Wisconsin and a veteran.   Marijuana reform is not always generational as this young man does not even want to talk about it.   Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton) has ignored veterans, patients, doctors, activists, voters, colleagues and even friends on the issue to deserve his F grade.  

He is poised to replace Senator Fitzgerald and watch over the just say no campaign to marijuana reform in the Wisconsin Republican Senate.

 

State Senate District 20
F
Duey Stroebel (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Most recent email from the Senator: "I’m opposed to the legalization of marijuana for any use. Many studies have shown that marijuana may lead to the use of other drugs and a destructive lifestyle. There are currently clinically approved pain therapy methods that do not have the same negative effects as marijuana."

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) have been assigned to the following committees:

2019 Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection

(Chair) Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville) (608) 266-7513 Email: Sen.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov  is blocking any cannabis reform from a public hearing and for his past actions we give him a failing grade of F

Here is the link to the Petition to push the Committee to hold public hearings: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

More information on this Senator can be found at https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Stroebel

State Senate District 21
F
Van Wanggaard (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican Senator from Racine has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2010 and most likely will not move is stance of "just say no".   After coming off a nearly 30 year career with the Racine police force, he now serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.  In April 2019 he wrote an entire op ed piece entitled Is it high time to legalize in Wisconsin? No ... The harmful effects on health and society outweigh any potential benefits

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Senate Bill 683) which he failed to co-sponsor.  Previous legislative sessions adult use and decriminalization bills have failed to advance to even a public hearing under his watch and he is poised to do the same in the 2019-2020 session for Adult Use SB 377 and Decriminalization SB 577.

State Senate District 22
C+
Bob Wirch (D) MEDICAL USE

Assembly Rep. Wirch (D-Keosha) has been elected since 1992 and is a member of the Assembly Committee of State Affairs.

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Republican Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) are both in his committee.

Rep. Wirch was the only Democrat to co-sponsor the Republican medical marijuana legislation.  Senator Wirch was singled out back in October 2019 as not being a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan medical marijuana effort (SB507).  

State Senate District 23
A
Kathy Bernier (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Her goal is to get a public hearing on the issue of medical marijuana for the 2019-2020 session.  That is the first step in Wisconsin.  Senator Bernier has taken more than first steps supporting marijuana reform.  In 2017 she was an Assembly Representative and one of the first Republicans in a long time to support marijuana reform by sponsoring a decriminalization bill.    Now in 2020, she is the lead in the Republican controlled Senate trying to navigate a bill through committee.  She deserves and A for effort alone!

State Senate District 24
B+
Patrick Testin (R) MEDICAL USE

SB507 Medical Marijuana is supported and co-sponsored in the Senate by Republican Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point).

This bill allows smoking and home grows. 

This is the first time Republicans have signed their name to a bill in nearly two decades.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/2019/10/18/bipartisan-medical-cannabis-bill-introduced/

https://www.northernwinorml.org/2019/10/19/sb507-ab570-medical-marijuana-legislation-for-2019-20/

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Patrick+Testin

State Senate District 25
D-
Janet Bewley (D) DECRIMINALIZE NO MEDICAL USE

In 2018 the City of Superior decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and the City of Ashland approved measures about declaring a resolution to support both medical and recreational cannabis.  The Democrat Assitant Senate Minority Leader did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.  Senator Janet Bewley was close to failing this session.

State Senate District 26
B+
Fred Risser (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Risser has been around the block and few times and as the legislator with the longest running history of being elected, he shows us marijuana reform is not always a generational divide.  Senator Risser sponsored medical marijuana and decriminalization this session to earn his B+ rating.

State Senate District 27
B
Jon Erpenbach (D) MEDICAL USE

Long time medical marijuana legislative lead in the Democratic Senate.

State Senate District 28
D-
David Craig (R) NO MEDICAL USE

He received a low grade last session and does again this session.  This Republican Senator is a member of the Senate Committee handling medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) are both stuck in committee and have not been scheduled for a public hearing.

State Senate District 29
F
Jerry Petrowski (R)

Long time Republican Senator from Marathon did not co-sponsor the Republican legislation to create a medical marijuana program SB 683.

Referendums in 2018 in his distract supported medical marijuana.

 

State Senate District 30
A-
Dave Hansen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Although Senator Hansen only sponsored SB 507 Medical Marijuana allowing home grows and smoking products, he has always supported total cannabis reform including legalizaton and decriminalization and that is why we give this Seantor an A-

Senator has annoucned his retirement and will not seek re-election in 2020.

 

 

 

State Senate District 31
A
Jeffrey Smith (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Senator Smith sponsored both Adult Use / Recreational Marijuana and the medical marijuana bill that would allow home grows and smoking products for patients.   He did not sponsor the decriminalizatin measure.  He still gets an A for all he is doing.

State Senate District 32
B
Jennifer Shilling (D) MEDICAL USE

She sponsored the medical cannabis bill allowing home grows.

State Senate District 33
F
Chris Kapenga (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Senator Chris Kapenga is a Republican from Delafield and holds the Vice-Chair position on the Senate Committee that is currently blocking even the Republican version of a medical marijuana bill (SB 750) from a public hearing.   Senator Kapenga has consisting failed his constituency on cannabis reform and earns him another sesssion with a F rating.

2019 Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection

(Chair) Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville) (608) 266-7513 Email: Sen.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov

(Vice Chair) Senator Chris Kapenga (R – Delafield) (608) 266-9174 Email: Sen.Kapenga@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

State Assembly District 1
A-
Joel Kitchens (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The Sturgeon Bay area is where Rep. Kitchens calls home and thanks to the work for field activists in the area, cannabis possession in your own home in Sturgeon Bay no longer as any penalty, civil or criminal!   This comes after a great deal of work and a coalition of groups in the area pushing marijuana reform.      Right after the elections in 2018, Door County was on of the first counties to declare a supporting resolution supporting medical marijuana.  The following spring 2019, Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor asked residents in the district about medical and recreational marijuana on a local referendum, all four referendums passed.      For being a leader in 2017 on decriminalization and sponsoring both versions of medical marijuana bills, along with the high support he is showing to constituents, Rep. Kitchens receives a grade of A- (thanks to the district for all the extra credit work they did for this rep).

The bad news is both medical marijuana bills are stuck in committee and Rep. Joel Kitchens is not a committee member.

State Assembly District 2
A-
Shae Sortwell (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

He ran for office as a Republican and spoke about marijuana reform on the campaign trail in 2018.  He sponsored legislation his first session as a freshman Assembly Representative.  He is leading the way to common sense reform within the GOP and for that, Rep. Sortwell has earned his A-

Read more about Shae and his work: https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Shae+Sortwell

State Assembly District 3
C
Ron Tusler (R) MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2018, Tusler a Republican from Harrison did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

But he earned some extra credit points in 2019 by actually calling a voter in his district back after they sent an email to them regarding AB 570, the medical marijuana bill with home grows and smoking allowed, adding onto the potential "YES" votes to this piece of legislation.

His ability to gain extra credits would be to help move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana through committee.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

State Assembly District 4
C
David Steffen (R) MEDICAL USE

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not co-sponsor but "may" support. Click link to send a message to support medical marijuana legalization.

State Assembly District 5
F
Jim Steineke (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Failure is on the report card of Repubulican Assembly Leader Jim Steinke.   In past news articles over the past decade he has stated he would not sponsor legislation on the issue and holds up to that promise.  He gives false hopes to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin by saying he is "open to the idea of medical marijuana".  Rep. Steineke has offered little more than stall tactics in even the basic steps of medical marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) for co-spsonsorship which Steineke did not sponsor. 

His inability as the Republican Majority Leader to help move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana legislation through committee is clear that he has failed and deserves his F

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

State Assembly District 6
D+
Gary Tauchen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Rep. Gary Tauchen received a D+ at this time.   His opposition statement is weak, his own survey yeilded 63% support for medical, he did not co-sponsor the Republican medical marijuana bill and he is Vice Chair on the Assembly Committee of State Affiars which has not scheduled any marijuana legislation for a public hearing.

State Assembly District 7
F
Daniel Riemer (D)

This Democrat Assembly Representative from Milwaukee has not co-sponsored any marijuana legislation.

State Assembly District 8
A+
JoCasta Zamarripa (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Milwaukee Assembly Rep Zamarripa sponsors marijuana on Adult Use, Medical and Decriminalization.  A leader on the issue deserves an A+

State Assembly District 9
F
Marisabel Cabrera (D)

This freshman assembly representative from Milwaukee has not co-sponsored any marijuana legislation her first term in office.  Elected in 2018, she does sit on the Assembly Committee on State Affairs assigned the medical marijuana bills.

State Assembly District 10
A-
David Bowen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Bowen sponsored adult use and medical marijuana legislatoin.

State Assembly District 11
A-
Jason Fields (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Fields sponsored both Adult use and medical marijuana this legisaltion session to earn his A-

State Assembly District 12
B
LaKeshia Myers (D) DECRIMINALIZE

As a candidate she did not support recreational marijuana measures and leaned towards decriminalization.  The newly elected Rep. Myers from Milwaukee did not author, sponsor or co-sponsor legislation on marijuana reform her first session as an Assembly Representative.

State Assembly District 13
F
Rob Hutton (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Brookfield has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2012.

In 2018 his candidate interview said he is against recreational marijuana, he said marijuana is a gateway drug and is even hesitant on medical marijuana.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.  He did not co-sponsor the bi-partisan AB 1004 (2019-Decriminalization) nor the bi-partisan 2017 bill to decriminalize 10 grams of cannabis.

State Assembly District 14
F
Robyn Vining (D)

Elected in 2018, former pastor and first year assembly representative from Wauwatosa did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

State Assembly District 15
F
Joe Sanfelippo (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

In past sessions medical marijuana bills died under the watch of Rep. Sanfelippo from New Berlin.  As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, medical marijuana was not even allowed a public hearing under his watch.  In the 2019-20 session, medical marijuana advocates had high hopes as medical marijuana reform was not directed to his committee.    He obviously did not co-sponsor the Republican GOP medical marijuana bill (AB 683) and he continues to give public statements oppossing any marijuana reform.

State Assembly District 16
C
Kalan Haywood (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This first year assembly representative from Milwaukee did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.  We are giving him a C for his candidate statements addressing marijuana reform, his continued public support in the news, but a Board Member for SE WI NORML indicated she was not happy with his communication on the issue.

We do congratulation him on becoming the youngest person ever elected to state office.  At 19 years old, we have high hopes for his future as a marijuana reformer and would like to see him co-sponsor legislation on the issue.

State Assembly District 17
A+
David Crowley (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Crowley sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Crowley for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

State Assembly District 18
B+
Evan Goyke (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

A strong supporter of decriminalization in past sessions and is working hard to unite both parties to support decriminalization of marijuana.  A strong champion in changing how the criminal justice system treats marijuana possession.  This Milwaukee area Democrat earns a solid B+.

State Assembly District 19
A+
Jonathan Brostoff (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Brostoff sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Brostoff for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

State Assembly District 20
A+
Christine Sinicki (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Milwaukee Assembly Rep Sinicki sponsors marijuana on Adult Use, Medical and Decriminalization.  A leader on the issue deserves an A+

State Assembly District 21
F
Jessie Rodriguez (R) MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Oak Creek has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which she failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which she failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 22
F
Janel Brandtjen (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Menomonee Falls has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which she failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 23
F
Jim Ott (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Mequon has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2006.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 24
F
Dan Knodl (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Rep. Knodl has not sponsored many marijuana reform legislation and we cannot find a tremendous amount of information on his stance and what he is willing to support.   Since the Republicans are looking for an additional sponsor in the Senate for the bill to create a medical marijuana program, since the only public information we could find did not make it sound like Knodl supported reform and since he is a member on the committee in the assembly that is blocking the Republican bill (AB683) from a public hearing, we feel Rep. Knodl deserves a F.

State Assembly District 25
C-
Paul Tittl (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Tittl was a sponsor of the 2017 decriminalization measure and is a sponsor of the 2019-20 Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program for Wisconsin.    Rep. Tittl was one of the first Republicans to publicly ask for a public hearing on medical marijuana in past sessions.   His continued efforts and willingness to work within his caucus to reform the marijuana laws earned Rep. Tittl a solid A-.

Unfortunately, he is not on the committee for medical marijuana legislation for this current session, if he was, maybe the legislation would not be stuck in committee, awiting a public hearing..........

State Assembly District 26
F
Terry Katsma (R)

Unfortunately Republican Terry Katsma from Oostburg has not sponsored any marijuana reform legislation since being elected to the State Assembly in 2014 and has not been very public about the issue of marijuana reform. 

During 2019 the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Assembly Rep. Katsma did not sponsor.  

State Assembly District 27
D-
Tyler Vorpagel (R)

Republican assembly representative from Plymouth has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2015.  He has not made any public news statements about the issue, despite having marijuana supporters attend his listening sessions and petitioning directly in his district.

Vorpagel sits on the powerful Assembly Committee on State Affiars that has been assigned both medical marijuana bills this session.

During 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 28
C-
Gae Magnafici (R)

As a candidate for office this elected official had made positives statements about supporting medical marijuana and decriminalization.   Early in the legislation session she signed onto a bill to protect the privacy of firearms owners should Wisconsin ever go medical.  We had high hopes, as she is one of the limited number of elected officials a medical background.    Her Spring 2019 GOP Survey showed over 68% supported medical marijuana and patients had high hopes she would sponsor legislation her first session.  Patients were disappointed she did not sign onto either version of the medical marijuana bills this session.  Without sponsoring more legislation or co-sponsoring the current decriminalization bill, this elected official is holding a C- rating.

State Assembly District 29
C
Rob Stafsholt (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We spoke with Sharlene from his office on January 3rd, 2020 and she indicated that Rep. Stafsholt has not taken a "hard stance" on anything marijuana reform and will not be co-sponsoring any marijuana legislation this session.  His office would only say "he looks forward to hearing the issue during a public hearing".

Although past news articles have quoted Rep. Stafsholt as "supporting" medical marijuana and decriminalization, he has failed to sponsor any legislation on the issue and has given contradicting statements on medical marijuana according to news archives below.  We grade him a C

Rep. Stafsholt has announced he is running for Senate.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Stafsholt

State Assembly District 30
D-
Shannon Zimmerman (R) MEDICAL USE

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.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

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.

State Assembly District 31
B
Amy Loudenbeck (R) MEDICAL USE

Loudenbeck is from Clinton and lives down there next to the state on our Southern border that now has legalized marijuana.   At least this Rep was not so quick to dismiss recreational marijuana and just say NO after the 2018 referendums.  Rock County in her district sent a clear message when 69% of voters supported legalizing adult use marijuana, taxing and regulating cannabis like alcohol.  Rep. Loudenbeck did co-sponsor the Republican bill to start a medical marijuana program and look for her to take the lead on next session on discussing decriminalization and legalization.

State Assembly District 32
F
Tyler August (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

As the right hand man of Robin Vos, Rep. August could have helped moved the bipartisan medical marijuana to a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on State Affairs.  In fact, in January 2019 he seemed open to supporting a push for a public hearing on the issue among the assembly by saying, "It’s a conversation (re medical marijuana) that I’m not opposed to having, but we need to have that separate of the state budget."

During  the following 12 months of 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans worked on the issue and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.   

State Assembly District 33
F
Cody Horlacher (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Mukwonago has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.

State Assembly District 34
F
Rob Swearingen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican Rob Swearingen Chairs of the Assembly Committee of State Affairs, which is/was "in charge" of medical marijuana for the 2019-20 legislative session. He was one the Republicans that gutted everything marijuana reform related from the budget, calling for the issue(s) to be addressed outside the budget. The next step in the process was to hold a public hearing on the issue. Rep Swearingen in February 2020 saidI’d be willing to look at a proposal for medical marijuana as long as it was prescribed by a doctor and filled by a licensed pharmacy.”

Rep Swearingen held his very own Spring 2019 GOP Survey and results yielded 63% support medical marijuana.

Well, he lied, again. The past medical marijuana legislation fit that bill by definition came, Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and then the Republican Caucus bill vetted to get a public hearing arrived Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program). Both are stuck in the committee he is the leader of. Most likely medical marijuana legislation will die in committee under the watchful eye of Committee Chair Rob Swearingen.

Rep. Swearingen maybe pushing "pill only form" of legislation, but he is still denying any cannabis reform from public hearings in his committee and for that reason we grade him a F.

State Assembly District 35
D
Mary Felzkowski (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This session Rep. Felzkowski deserves and A-.  She is fighting an uphill battle in the worse committee assignments ever for medical marijuana legislation.  She has sponsored a bill this session to create a program and understands a great deal about the topic of marijuana reform.  Her willingness to learn more and all the extra credit she is doing helps secure her A- Rating.

Read more about our work with Rep. Felzkowksi at https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Felzkowski

 

State Assembly District 36
F
Jeffrey Mursau (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Crivitz has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2004.

During the 2018 referendums in the counties he represents had 79% and 77% support for medical marijuana.    Rep. Mursau conducted his own 2019 GOP Spring Survey of his constituents in which 64% voted to support medical marijuana.    So instead of co-sponsor the Republican Caucus approved medical marijuana bill, Rep. Mursau teams up with Rep. Rob Swearingen to go visit an unregulated adult use social club in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with police to make a video against medical marijuana.    In later interviews Mursau blames the whole day on  Swearingen (who is the Chair of the Committee that is holding medical marijuana from even a public hearing).

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

Rep. Mursau has failed now for 16 years to support any marijuana reform.

State Assembly District 37
B-
John Jagler (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Jagler has been "swayed" to support medical marijuana and now sits on the committee for the 2019-20 that medical marijuana bills.   As a Republican he did not officially co-sponsor any medical marijuana legislation, but he did express the need for a public hearing on adult use / recreational marijuana and with a little work he could easily be an A+ legisaltor on medical marijuana and lead the conversation on cannabis reform within the Republican Party.

State Assembly District 38
F
Barbara Dittrich (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Oconomowoc was just elected in 2018 and in her candidate interview stated she is "vehemently opposed to THC in any form"  has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform at all during her first two years in office.    Despite her opposition, her office conducted a 2019 Spring GOP Survey which she asked her voting base which responded with support of marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which she failed to co-sponsor despite public and district support.  Now late into the 2020 session, Rep. Dittrich is flip-flopping on her social media policy and maybe giving public statements asking for a public hearing on the issue, it is unclear as her office does not return our phone calls or messages.

 

State Assembly District 39
C-
Mark Born (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Born has been somewhat quiet regarding his support for medical marijuana reform and comes in as a late co-sponsor to the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program.

Mark Born is an American law enforcement officer and politician. Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Born graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. He then worked in the Dodge County, Wisconsin sheriff department. Born also served on the Beaver Dam Common Council.

State Assembly District 40
F
Kevin Petersen (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Waupaca has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2006.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 41
F
Joan Ballweg (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

A board member for NORML has been active with marijuana reform for over a decade in her district.  Both Senator Olsen and Rep. Ballweg seemed sympathetic back in 2009 while the Republicans were in the minority under a Dem controlled legislature. 2010 changed as Republicans took control and basically killed everything marijuana related, always. Since then, Rep. Ballweg has really failed on the issue.

During 2019, Assembly Republicans worked on the issue and prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683) which Rep. Ballweg (R-Markesan) failed to co-sponsor. 

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which she did not co-sponsor.

NOTE: Advisory Referendums on Marijuana in 2018 passed 78% in Marquette County and 80% in Sauk County and Rep. Ballweg Constituent Surveys in 2019 had 73-83% support for marijuana reform.

State Assembly District 42
C-
Jon Plumer (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Plumer is a sponsor of the Republican Assembly Bill 750 Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program. 

As a freshman Republican, his 2019 GOP Spring Survey showed over 70% support for medical marijuana.

He could have received a higher grade, but as Chair of Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention he failed to recognize that medical marijuana could help and prevent substance abuse, a term we all know as harm reduction.  

State Assembly District 43
B+
Don Vruwink (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Vruwink from Milton sponsors decriminalizatoin and medical marijuana measures this session.

State Assembly District 44
A
Debra Kolste (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Rep. Kolste stood out as a sponsor of the Adult Use/Medical combination bill we know as "Legalize Marijuana - Legalize Opportunity".  She also sponsored the Decriminalization bill that entered the legislation session late this year.   We thank her for her support on the issue and are happy to issue a solid A grade for this Janesville area representative.

 

State Assembly District 45
A+
Mark Spreitzer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Spreitzer co-sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask.  Thank you Rep.  Spreitzer for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Spreitzer

State Assembly District 46
A-
Gary Hebl (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Gary Hebl from the Sun Prairie he sponsored all two bills this session:

1) Adult Use / Recreational-Medical Combo Bill

2) Grow Your Own/Smoking Products Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill and

Thank you Rep.  Hebl for your past, continued and future support on marijuana reform, you earned your A- rating.

State Assembly District 47
A+
Jimmy Anderson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Anderson sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Anderson for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

State Assembly District 48
A
Melissa Sargent (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Leading the way in the Assembly for legal marijuana in Wisconsin is Rep. Sargent.  She earned her A.

She has announced she will not seek re-election to the assembly in 2020 and will be seeking the Senate seat of Miller who is retiring.

State Assembly District 49
F
Travis Tranel (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

After nearly a decade in office this Republican dairy farmer from Cuba City did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform since elected.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 50
F
Tony Kurtz (R)

As a candidate on the campaign trail we know Rep. Kurtz heard from people who support marijuana reform. 

The Freshman Republican assembly representative from Wonewoc has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 51
B+
Todd Novak (R) MEDICAL USE

Wisconsin saw two versions of medical marijuana legislation for the 2019-2020 session and Rep. Novak sponsored both of them.  With 84% of his district supporting medical marijuana reform and citizen lobbyists in the district reporting this rep supported medical cannabis, we expected Rep. Novak to make a move and award him a B+ for being one of the first Republicans in way too long to sponsor medical marijuana legislation.

State Assembly District 52
F
Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Elected first in 2010, this Republican is only known for authoring legislation to negatively impact marijuana consumers early in his career.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor and really has only offered lip service on medical marijuana reform, saying he supports "FDA Approved Medical Marijuana."

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

Rep. Thiesfeldt continues to fail.

State Assembly District 53
A-
Michael Schraa (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Hard to read at times, but proof is in the pudding.  Rep. Schraa was a 2017 sponsor of decriminalization  and a first Republican on the marijuana reform scene in many many years........ and now in 2020 sponsored a Republican version of medical marijuana to create a program here in our state.  The legislation he sponsored was designed to get the issue a public hearing.    The bill he sponsored is stuck in committee he is a member of, so who knows what the future holds for this Assembly Rep from the Oshkosh area.  He has come a long way since 2013 and for his continuing efforts on the issue we does deserve at A- for this session.

State Assembly District 54
D+
Gordon Hintz (D) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Gordon Hintz has kind of seemed supportive of decriminalization and legalization in the past.  Elected in 2006, it was not until 2017 before Hintz signed his name to a piece of marijuana reform legislation.  In 2016 and 2017 Oshkosh area supporters collected thousands of signatures to force a decrimalization measure in the city of Oshkosh.  In 2017 Rep. Hintz took the role as Assembly Minority Leader for the Democrats.  He ran unopposed in 2018.   In 2019 Hintz co-sponsored a medical marijuana bill (AB 570).

If Hintz co-sponsored AB 220 (Legalization) or SB 577 (Decriminalization) as Democrat Minority Leader, it would send a clear message two both parties that marijuana reform is a top agenda.  If he is serious about reform and authored a legalization bill next session if re-elected, we all would feel more comfortable about his stance on marijuana reform.

State Assembly District 55
F
Mike Rohrkaste (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Unfortunately Republican Mike Rohrkaste from Neenah has not sponsored any marijuana reform legislation since being elected to the State Assembly in 2014.

During 2019 the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Assembly Rep. Rohrkaste did not co-sponsor. 

Rep. Rohrkaste announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.  He has publicly called for "public hearings" on the issue, but the medical marijuana bills are "stuck" in committee and being denied a public hearing.   Although Rep. Rohrkaste is not a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, we would ask constituents in his district to call Rohrkaste and ask him to support AB 750 and call on the committee members to hold a public hearing.

State Assembly District 56
D-
Dave Murphy (R) MEDICAL USE

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. 

Rep. Murphy could save his failing grade by helping the medical marijuana bills "stuck" in committee and being denied a public hearing.   Although Rep. Murphy is not a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, we would ask constituents in his district to call Murphy and ask him to support AB 750 and call on the committee members to hold a public hearing.

State Assembly District 57
A+
Amanda Stuck (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Stuck from Appleton has served three terms and been supportive of cannabis reform and this past session sponsored bills on adult use and medical marijuana.  She is in constant communication on the issue, returns phone calls and listens to voters on the issue.  Her "response" letters to constituents are not form letters and she offers next steps of action to help reform move through the legislative process.

As Rep. Stuck has announced she will not seek re-election in the assembly and is off to seek a congressional seat.  We are happy to say thank you for your work and give her an A+

State Assembly District 58
F
Rick Gundrum (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Governor Evers’ budget proposal would also establish an expungement procedure for people convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 26 grams of marijuana and have completed their sentences.

Republicans who control the legislature would have to approve the budget items. State Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) says he’ll vote against the measure.

“Unless it’s proven otherwise, I think it opens up the door to legalize it for recreational marijuana and I am definitely opposed to that,” Gundrum says.

During 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 59
D-
Timothy Ramthun (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Tim Ramthum statements about marijuana reform come in August after his primary victory and with confidence that he will be elected in November, as he faced no democratic challenger.   The report broke as Fond du Lac county discussed placing marijuana referendums on the ballot.  Ramthun (from Campbellsport) said action needs to be taken at the state level, adding “We can’t say let’s all do it and it will be OK. We need structure and control."

During 2019, his fellow Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.  Rep. Ramthun failed to take any action at providing the structure and control of marijuana reform at the state level this session.

State Assembly District 60
F
Rob Brooks (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Saukville has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.  

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 61
D-
Samantha Kerkman (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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.

State Assembly District 62
F
Robert Wittke (R)

Elected in 2018, this Republican freshman assembly representative from Racine did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 63
D-
Robin Vos (R) MEDICAL USE MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

One step above failure is Speaker Robin Vos.   In past news articles he has stated he would not sponsor legislation on the issue and holds up to that promise.  He gives false hopes to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin by saying he "supports medical marijuana".  Rep. Vos has offered little more than stall tactics in even the basic steps of medical marijuana reform.

His inability to move publicly supported bipartisan medical marijuana through committee is clear that he is close to failure on the issue.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/schedule-medical-marijuana-bills-for-a-public-hearing

 

State Assembly District 64
D+
Tip McGuire (D)

Rep. McGuire did not co-sponsor the “Erpenbach/Testin/Taylor Medical Marijuana Bill AB570.

Rep. McGuire does hold a seat on the Assembly Committee of State Affairs which will be the committee to handle medical marijuana for 2019-2020 legislative session.

We must mention the Republican legislative attempt to create a medical marijuana program (AB750). We found that Rep. Tip McGuire did not join his Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) in co-sponsoring AB750. If Rep. McGuire sponsored either of these pieces of legislation the committee would tip from opposed to supportive, in theory.  For being one of only Democrats on the Committee to NOT sponsor a bill this session, we grade Rep. Tip McGuire a D+ but with an extra credit assignment due yet this session, Rep. McGuire could tip the scales and get and A for effort by achieving a public hearing on medical marijuana in the committee he is a member of.

November 2018, 88% of Kenosha County voters supported an advisory referendum to legalize medical marijuana.

 

State Assembly District 65
A+
Tod Ohnstad (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Ohnstad sponsored Adult Use, Grow Your Own/Smoking Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization and that is all we can ask. 

Thank you Rep.  Ohnstad for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Ohnstad

Senate Bill 507 / Assembly Bill 570 (Medical Marijuana with home grows/smoking) and Assembly Bill 750 / Senate Bill 683 (Creation of a Medical Marijuana Program) have been assigned to the Assembly Committee on State Affiairs which Rep. Ohnstad is a member of.  Currently, both pieces of legisalatin ares stuck in that committee and cannot receive the public hearing they need to advance.

Please sign the petition to the committees holding up medical marijuana legislation.

State Assembly District 66
C-
Greta Neubauer (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This freshman assembly rep from Racine did not co-sponsor any marijuana legislation her first session.  Although she made public statement about the marijuana reform in the budget, her statements did not touch on adult use/recreational marijuana.  With her district showing 85% support for medical and 59% for recreational marijuana in the 2018 referendums, we had high hopes this representative would have co-sponsored all marijuana reform bills in the 2019-2020.   Should she be re-elected in 2020, she can raise her grade by working on the issue.

State Assembly District 67
B-
Rob Summerfield (R) MEDICAL USE

We do not know much about Rep. Summerfield and his stance on marijuana reform.  Elected in 2016, he took an early lead on hinting that he would support marijuana reform in the future and this young man from Bloomer has sponsored the Republican bill to create a medical marijuana program and he also is a member of the committee in which the medical marijuana bills are stuck and have not been scheduled for a public hearing.

State Assembly District 68
B-
Jesse James (R) MEDICAL USE

We watched this district election and during the campaign saw the Democrat (Johnson) and Republican (James) oppose legalizing recreational marijuana. But having Law Enforcement (Republican James) on our side for medical marijuana cannot hurt, as the then candidate James expressed support for medical cannabis.   Sticking to a campaign promise and having sponsored medical marijuana legislation his first term as a freshman Republican earned this legislator a B- rating.

https://www.northernwinorml.org/?s=Jesse+James

State Assembly District 69
B
Bob Kulp (R) MEDICAL USE

Is there hope for medical marijuana yet in Wisconsin this session? It is coming eventually and this election cycle will change the landscape again. Let’s journey to a town of Strartford where Rep. Bob Kulp has announced his retirement following the first time he sponsored medical marijuana legisaltion.

Rep. Kulp is a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and the bill he sponsored is stuck, despite public and legislative support.  Kulp earned himself a B as he leaves elected life.

 

 

State Assembly District 70
F
Nancy VanderMeer (R)

Elected since 2014, this Tomah area representative has never co-sponsored legislation to reform marijuana laws.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which VanderMeer did not sponsor. 

State Assembly District 71
A-
Katrina Shankland (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

A late addition as a co-sponsor of the recreational marijuana legislation at the end of 2019, along with original sponsorships of medical marijuana with home grows and decriminalization measures brings Rep. Shankland from Stevens Point to a A-

State Assembly District 72
C-
Scott Krug (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Krug could do a much better job communicating with constituents in the district about the issue.    We have mixed reports from people in his district on what Krug is willing to support.   What we do know for sure is that shortly after being re-elected in 2018 he announced to expect Republican bill(s) this session on medical marijuana but as the session lingered on and constituents contacted him, he seemed to be silent.   

His Senate District is that of fellow Republican Testin, who did sponsor the Bi-partisan Medical Marijuana Bill that allows home grow and smoking products.  He was also a late comer to the game on the Republican bill it seems and was not an author or original sponsor.

State Assembly District 73
B
Nick Milroy (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

In 2018 the City of Superior decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and the City of Ashland approved measures about declaring a resolution to support both medical and recreational cannabis.     Rep. Milroy has served a dozen years in the Assembly and has sponsored medical marijuana legislation this session, but has not sponsored recreational marijuana and although shows signs of support decriminaliztion measures, he has yet to author or co-sponsor legislation on decriminalization of marijuana.

State Assembly District 74
F
Beth Meyers (D)

In 2018 the City of Superior decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and the City of Ashland approved measures about declaring a resolution to support both medical and recreational cannabis.  The Democrat from Bayfield did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020. 

 

State Assembly District 75
A-
Romaine Quinn (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE

The 2019 GOP Spring Survey in his district showed 67% of his base supported medical marijuana and Quinn did end up co-sponsoring the Republican attempt to creata a medical marijuana program.   Since elected in 2014 Rep. Quinn has seemed like a marijuana reformer.   He recieves his A- grade mostly because of the words he has been saying, direction he is heading and because voters in his district tell us he supports marijuana reform!  

The two issues we need to confront are

1) Medical Marijuana Bills are stuck in committee

2) We need a Republican to co-sponsor recreational marijuana

State Assembly District 76
A+
Chris Taylor (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Taylor is a leader in the Wisconsin State Assembly on the issue of cannabis reform and an A+ every day of the week! 

State Assembly District 77
A+
Shelia Stubbs (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Freshman Democrat Assembly Rep Shelia Stubbs is incredible when it comes to knowledge of marijuana reform.    The Madison rep has really worked hard for cannabis consumers, patients and those convicted of past cannabis crimes.   We look forward to working with her in the future and are happy to award her an A+.   Priorities you want, she has them right here:

1) Adult Use / Recreational

2) Grow Your Own/Smoking Products Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill and

3) Decriminalization.

State Assembly District 78
B+
Lisa Subeck (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Receiving a high grade last session by co-sponsoring a varitey of billls, we hope to see her name on adult use/recreational marijuana reform if re-elected. This Madison area Democrat ran unopposed as an incumbent in  2018 and ended up co-sponsoring medical marijuana with home grows and smoking products, along with both versions for decriminalization for the 2019-2020 session.

State Assembly District 79
B
Dianne Hesselbein (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2012, last session she only co-sponsored Industrial Hemp and CBD.  This Middleton area Democrat ran unopposed as an incumbent in  2018 and ended up co-sponsoring medical marijuana with home grows and smoking products, along with decriminalization for the 2019-2020 session to earn her B rating.

State Assembly District 80
A+
Sondy Pope (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Mt. Horeb Assembly Represenative has been elected since 2002 and we can count her support for all forms of marijuana reform as she sponsors all bills covering adult use, medical and decriminalization.   Thank you Sondy, you are an A+ in our book!

State Assembly District 81
B+
Dave Considine (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Receiving a high grade last session by co-sponsoring a varitey of billls and leading the way on Industrial Hemp is Baraboo Rep. Dave Considine.  He was critical in drafting our Industrial Hemp bill that was first passed into law.  We hope to see his name on adult use/recreational marijuana reform if re-elected. The Democrat ran unopposed as an incumbent in  2018 and ended up co-sponsoring medical marijuana with home grows and smoking products, along with both versions for decriminalization for the 2019-2020 session.

State Assembly District 82
F
Ken Skowronski (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Franklin has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.  In 2018 candidate interviews he said he was opposed to medical marijuana, but is becoming more educated on the subject.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 83
F
Chuck Wichgers (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Medical sales offering conservative options for pain management was a former career before being elected in 2016, but Rep. Wichgers from Muskego offers no hope or signs of relief to the sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin that could benefit from medical marijuana.  Early in the beginning of the 2019 session, Rep. Wichgers made a hard stance against marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not support.

State Assembly District 84
F
Mike Kuglitsch (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

All we know at this point about this Assembly Representative is that he is Republican, served a few terms, never co-authored any marijuana reform since elected and is a member of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs that is in charge of medical marijuana this session.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

Both medical marijuana bills (AB 683-no home grows and AB570 home grows) this session landed in his committee. 

We need a public hearing scheduled from this committee.

Rep. Kuglitsch is running for re-election and is unopposed.  No Democrat filed to run against him and the Republican challenger did not qualilfy for the ballot.

 

State Assembly District 85
B-
Patrick Snyder (R) MEDICAL USE

He has only served two terms and growing on issue of medical marijuana.  His district shows high support for cannabis reform and Rep. Snyder responded by at least co-sponsoring the bill to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin.

State Assembly District 86
F
John Spiros (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Rep John Spiros (R-Marshfield) representing Wisconsin’s 86th Assembly District and Chair of the 2019 Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety which is holding up the Legalize Opportunity – Legalize Marijuana Bill (AB 220). In an interview before being re-elected in 2018, he seemed to think CBD Oil was the miracle cure and medical marijuana was not needed, while dismissing the opportunity marijuana reform presents. 

Early in 2019 he also seemed to know his Republican colleagues were working on their caucus to put a medical marijuana bill together.   Spring of 2019 GOP Survey shows 68% support for medical marijuana reform. In December 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not co-sponsor.   He Failed!

State Assembly District 87
A-
James Edming (R) MEDICAL USE

We did not hear much publicly from this Assembly Representative.   Although supporters in the district have said in conversations with the Edming, they felt good about his support for medical marijuana, we are never sure until they sponsor something in writing.    The Spring GOP Survey in the district yielded 67% support for medical marijuana.  The good news is that Rep Edming sponsored both versions of medical marijuana bills this session, along with a companion bill to protect privacy of firearms owners who are also medical marijuana patients earned him a A-.  The bad news is all bills are stuck in committee.

State Assembly District 88
B+
John Macco (R) MEDICAL USE

For Republican Representative John Macco, the push to legalize marijuana is personal.

“I think Sen. Fitgerald was a little bit quick in his critique and I would have liked him to have a little bit more open-mindedness,” expressed Macco.

Macco said his wife has been traveling to Mexico for alternative health options not available in Wisconsin, so he understands what medical marijuana patients experience when they have to look outside Wisconsin for options.

“For us to have access to that is a real blessing, add I’m frustrated because not everyone has that same access and I wish they would,” he said. “I think there needs to be the tools available for all individuals to have the same access to healthcare that we do.”

Macco hopes the medical marijuana legislation is brought up for debate, but at this time no such debate is planned.

For calling out prohibitionist Senator Scott Fitzgerald alone he deserves a good grade, but also because people in his district say he supports marijuana reform.  Although Rep. Macco did not officially sponsor any legisaltion on the issues this session, we consider him a supporter of medical marijuana and give him a B+

 

State Assembly District 89
D
John Nygren (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

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.

 

State Assembly District 90
A+
Staush Gruszynski (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep. Staush Gruszynski from the Green Bay area hit a home run!  As a freshman assembly represenative he sponsored all three bills this session:

1) Adult Use / Recreational-Medical Combo Bill

2) Grow Your Own/Smoking Products Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill and

3) Decriminalization. 

Thank you Rep.  Gruszynski for your continued support, you earned your A+ rating with your trifecta of bills you sponsored.

State Assembly District 91
A
Jodi Emerson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

As a freshman Democrat in the Assembly, Rep. Emerson stood out as a sponsor of the Adult Use/Medical combination bill we know as "Legalize Marijuana - Legalize Opportunity".  She also sponsored the Decriminalization bill that entered the legislation session late this year.   We thank her for her support on the issue and are happy to issue a solid A grade for this Eau Claire area representative.

State Assembly District 92
F
Treig Pronschinske (R)

Elected in 2016, this assembly representative from Mondovi has not supported any legislation on marijuana reform since elected.  Rep. Pronschinske represents the home district of life long medical cannabis advocate Jacki Rickert, who passed away in 2017 before her medicine was legal or her elected official championed the issue for her.

State Assembly District 93
F
Warren Petryk (R)

Holding this office for a decade now,  Republican assembly representative from The Town of Washington has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2010.  Part of this district is in Eau Claire County which in 2018 passed an adult use advisory referendum by 54% and medical 84% support.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he did not sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

 

State Assembly District 94
C-
Steve Doyle (D)

So in researching this we wondered why Rep. Doyle did not sponsor anything and found a few news article about Rep. Doyle and marijuana reform in his area.

In all fairness and to close out, we do believe he supports medical marijuana, as Rep. Doyle was a past co-sponsor of the medical marijuana bill in 2017. We do not know if he supports recreational marijuana, but 63% of La Crosse County supported adult use in the 2018 referendum.

More info: https://www.northernwinorml.org/2020/01/27/did-democrat-rep-doyle-dump-cannabis-reform/

State Assembly District 95
C-
Jill Billings (D) DECRIMINALIZE

During 2017 Rep. Billings supported CBD legislation and an Assembly Joint Resolution to place a medical marijuana on a state wide non binding referendum.

In 2018 she ran unopposed and in October 2018 had somewhat disappointing news comments, including invoking the "slippery slope theory" by saying "A common path for other states is to open the door with CBD oil and then medical marijuana and then recreational marijuana," and goes onto questioning the validity of medical marijuana.

The 2019-2020 she was not vocal on adult use marijuana reform.  Medical marijuana saw two different bipartisan versions this session, which both came up empty with her name.  She only co-sponsored a decriminalization measure, AB 980 to barely earn her C- this session.

 

State Assembly District 96
F
Loren Oldenburg (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2018, this freshman Republican assembly representative and dairy farmer from Viroqua has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which Oldenburg did not sponsor.

State Assembly District 97
D+
Scott Allen (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Waukesha has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.  He did call for more "research" and took the time to circulate a letter among his co-workers, so that counts for the + in the D.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750).  Despite 77% support for 2018 City of Waukesha Medcial Marijuana Advisory Referendum he failed to co-sponsor a bill crafted by the Republican Caucus.

In March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 98
F
Adam Neylon (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Republican assembly representative from Pewaukee has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.

During 2019, the Assembly Republicans prefiled a bill for the 2020 legislative session to create a medical marijuana program in Wisconsin (Assembly Bill 750) which he failed to co-sponsor.

March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.

State Assembly District 99
C-
Cindi Duchow (R) MEDICAL USE

A new name to marijuana reform is Rep. Cindi Duchow from the Town of Delafield.  This Republican legislator looked like she was going to sign onto medical marijuana reform this session.  She came out of the gates early and helped author a bill to protect firearms owners who are also medical marijuana patients .   Rep. Duchow has not co-sponsored any additional legislation at this point and although labeled potential, she hoovers at  C- grade as we take a wait and see approach with this office.