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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%.
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.
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.
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
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!
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...........
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
Assembly Rep. Wirch (D-Keosha) has been elected since 1992 and is a member of the Assembly Committee of State Affairs.
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).
Her goal is to get a public hearing on the issue of medical marijuana for the 2021-22 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. In 2020, she is the lead in the Republican controlled Senate trying to navigate a bill through committee. Early in 2021 she is the sole author on the Senate side for a decriminalization bill. She deserves and A for effort alone!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
- 2018 supported placing marijuana related referendum on the ballot for November 2018
- Passed a resolution to proprogate hemp clones at the mitchell park domes greenhouses
- Passed a resolution to use agricultural land owned by the Milwaukee County for lease to others for hemp production
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.
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.
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.
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 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+.
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.
Republican assembly representative from Oak Creek has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which she failed to co-sponsor.
Republican assembly representative from Menomonee Falls has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014.
Rep. Brandtjen, Republican assembly representative from Menomonee Falls has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014. She is somewhat absent of public statements about marijuana reform. In 2020 she was unopposed in the general election. Based off the crowd she runs with and some past listening sessions, most have her down as a failing representative on this issue and many others. As she comes out now as a co-sponsor of this bill, it seems pretty evident she is not a friend of reform and will concentrate hard on prohibition style tactics and misinformation.
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.
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..........
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.
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.
Gae Magnafici: As a candidate for office in 2018 this elected official had made positives statements about supporting medical marijuana and decriminalization. Early in the 2019 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 with a medical background.
Her Spring 2019 GOP Survey showed over 68% of her voter base 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. Her early quotes showed some compassion, but also early opposition to recreational cannabis.
Over the year or so, she seemed to regress from even her positive statements about medical and decriminalization. She seemed to flip flop according to constituents in her district and acted like she never said anything positive about marijuana reform. She did not co-sponsor the Republican decriminalization bill as I mentioned above and instead decided that increasing penalties was a better route for her career.
Clint Moses is a Chiropractor, in his candidate interview he said 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. - July 2, 2020 Candidate Interview.
Republican Assembly District 30 Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) is not new to talking about marijuana reform this legislative session. He, fellow Republican Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond and Democratic Senator Patty Schachtner hashed out marijuana reform in their districts in February of 2019.
Of course we all know everything marijuana reform related in the budget was killed, gutted and left on the battle field, much like medical marijuana patients in Wisconsin.
But wait, what is this… a 2019 Spring Survey sponsored by the GOP Assembly Representatives. In the spring of 2019 after overwhelming support in the Wisconsin public marijuana referendums the previous fall, many of the Assembly GOP members held a spring survey which was posted online and sent in the email to people on their mailing list. The results of Assembly Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) spring survey are not surprising as 76.48% of his district supported medical marijuana.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.
We really feel we could have failed this legislator, but he does "support medical marijuana" in theory, and in the news.... but with no action this session, if re-elected we highly expect his name on medical marijuana next session.
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.
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.
Cody Horlacher: Republican assembly representative from Mukwonago has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2014 and had no previous public statements about marijuana reform until his 2020 candidate interview on Wi-Eye.
He is an absolute No to recreational marijuana and calls marijuana a drug. He cites many problems he saw during his work with the DA office. He feels revenue from marijuana does not exceed the costs it will bring. Regarding medical marijuana, his default is “not here, not now”, but he wants to look compassionate, so with a smug look on his face he talks some crap at the end about helping people, but closes it out with an even smugger look saying if medical marijuana people want it to lead to recreational marijuana then hell no.
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 said “I’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.
Rep. Callahan (R- ) Took over for Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) as she moved up to the Senate. Felzkowski has been an outspoken Republican trying to move something medical marijuana related into a public hearing. But back to Callahan…. he did not respond to any or our candidate surveys. Calvin Callahan (R-Tomahawk) also did not conduct a WI EYE Interview in which candidates were asked about their stance on marijuana reform.
Is it safe to assume a “file of marijuana information from the district” comes along with job change? Probably not. Is is safe to assume the incoming legislator will support what the former legislator was working on? Probably not. Case in point is this guy.
Calvin Callahan made his debut to the cannabis conversation on WPR Route 51 on March 5th, 2021 episode called “Legislative Quarterly”. Republican Callahan gives the standard “medical marijuana could be an option, but I want to learn more before making an opinion.” or something like that. Listen to the interview. Although Calvin Callahan (R) indicates he is getting used to his job as a freshman assembly rep regarding procedures and such, he also is throwing up the signs of a prohibitionist.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Republican assembly representative from Waupaca has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2006.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not co-sponsor.
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.
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.
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.
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
After nearly a decade in office this Republican dairy farmer from Cuba City did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform since elected.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he failed to co-sponsor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rep Hintz has been one of the most outspoken Democratic Assembly Leaders in Wisconsin history by supporting and calling for marijuana reform again and again. With a supporting Governor Evers and what seems to be a good margin of support for medical marijuana reform in the Assembly and Senate set for 2021-22, all eyes will be on the leadership of both parties to finally get something on the floor to a vote.
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
David Murphy (R-Appleton): Friendly GOP Assembly Representatives named this guy as a possible supporter of medical cannabis reforms. I am starting to seriously doubt that. 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.
In February 2019 he said he would “oppose any push to legalize recreational use”, but added he would support regulated medical marijuana if it ensures the safety of public roadways. Late in the 2019-20 session, a bi-partisan effort to decriminalize 10 grams or less of marijuana in Wisconsin was introduced. Assembly Bill 1004 did not attract the attention of Rep. David Murphy as he did not sign on as a co-sponsor. We thought he was going to see a primary challenger in the 2020 general election, but that did not happen and his candidate statements added more reasons he is opposed.
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.
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.
Republican assembly representative from Saukville was 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. In 2021, he co-sponsored a decriminalization bill.
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.
Elected in 2018, this Republican freshman assembly representative from Racine did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The leading prohibitionist in the Assembly, Rep. Jesse James was a co-sponsor of the 2019 Republican attempt to create a medical marijuana program (the “pill bill” that did not allow smoking products or home grows).
He has been outspoken as wanting to be the lead on stopping recreational marijuana reform from happening in Wisconsin. Long time prohibitionist and mega rich man Senator Duey Stroebel was listening when Rep. James was mouthing off, and the two have collaborated to concentrate on finding some way to increase penalties for cannabis use.
Candidate Rozar stance on marijuana reform May 2020: I 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.
Elected since 2014, this Tomah area representative has never co-sponsored legislation to reform marijuana laws.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
March 2020 Republicans circulated a decriminalization bill for co-sponsorship which he did not support.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elected in 2018, this freshman Republican assembly representative and dairy farmer from Viroqua has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform.
Rep. Allen: We should point out that Rep. Allen is opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana, but believes there might be some room for expanded research into the use of cannabis for medical purposes. “For decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been the agency which oversees scientific processes into the safety and efficacy of medicines,” said Rep. Allen. “Now policymakers are being asked to preempt that process and legalize a drug for medicinal or recreational use. We need more information. The FDA and federal law enforcement can serve as conduits in gathering relevant data. Congress needs to take action to expedite relevant research.”
August 2019 Representative Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) began circulating a letter to colleagues in the Wisconsin state legislature asking federal officials to streamline medical research and collect data surrounding cannabis and marijuana. This guy has recently hosted a “SAM” Smart Approach to Marijuana seminar. SAM are bad guys pretending to help conservative legislators navigate the coming legalization issues and he bought right into it. The “webinar” was a disaster. As far as tax revenue goes, that is another issue in legalization and Rep. Allen has indicated sin tax in general should not be used for harm preventative or education, but rather seen as a source of profit.
Republican assembly representative from Pewaukee has not co-sponsored any legislation on marijuana reform since elected in 2013.
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.