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Wisconsin Primary Election: Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Race for 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. 

Race for U.S. House District 5
F
Scott Fitzgerald (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Fitzgerald was a NO to anything marijuana and even opposed allowing public hearings on his watch as a Wisconsin State Senator. He was labeled as an obstacle to decriminalization from even conservative measures by fellow Republicans going back to 2017.

His lack of compassion was just as evident as his lack of education on the issue of medical cannabis. The sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin suffered under his control and patients within his districts ending up dying while being insulted by this prohibitionist.

Adult use marijuana is known as recreational marijuana in the news at times. We are unsure if this guy has every had any recreational fun in his life, but it is ironic that he worked in Madison Wisconsin where weed is basically legal and now he works in Washington D.C. where weed is legal. His district he left behind supports reform and so does the guy who replaced the State Senate Fitz left behind.

Will money change Fitzgerald and his stance on cannabis? His first vote on the issue concerned money/banking and he voted yes…. maybe it was by mistake…..

Race for U.S. House District 6
C-
Glenn Grothman (R)

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

Tom Tiffany opposed reform as a Wisconsin state elected official and continues blow smoke about cannabis reform at the federal level.  He voted against the SAFE Banking Act and The MORE Act.  At this point he is just another prohibitionist Republican stating marijuana legalization is a states right issue and under the 10th Amendment Wisconsin has the right to do what they want.  He has been no help on the homefront either.

Race for U.S. House District 8
A+
Kristin 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:

C-
Roger Roth (R) 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.

 

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.

Your Elected Officials
Governor
A+
Tony Evers (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Governor Evers went further than any campaign promise he made and included legalization of marijuana in the 2021-22 budget only to have it removed by Republicans.  Under Evers leadership a majority of Democrats co-sponsored the 2021-22 adult use legislation.   Evers has signaled he will include legalization in the 2023-24 budget if re-elected.

Governor Evers has proposed everything he could and presented it to the State Republicans in several ways and they have all been rejected. Evers could call for an Executive Order, but the Republicans would gavel the session in and out before we could even light a joint down in Madison (where pot is basically legal to consume).

If re-elected, Evers will continue to make sure cannabis reform is a high priority.

Lieutenant Governor
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.

Attorney General
A-
Josh Kaul (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Kaul also believes that the legalization could become a "good source of revenue for the state."  Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also declared recently that he would make the "first steps" in legalizing marijuana in the state.
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
D
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-
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
D-
Derrick Van Orden (R) MEDICAL USE

In 2020 Derrick Van Orden participated in some facebook banter about cannabis reform with a veteran cannabis activist.  Van Order replied "I support the legalization of medical marijuana, not recreational."  He goes onto  add "That may not be popular position with some Republicans, but it has been proven to work for several different conditions.  As a SEAL, we understand that if it works, it works."  Since that time, it seems Derrick has dodged the issue, candidate interviews and debates. -source

U.S. House District 4
A
Gwen Moore (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The war on drugs ripped American families apart, falling especially hard on communities of color. Its effects continue to wreak havoc across the country.

Gwen Moore is a consistent co-sponsor of cannabis reform at the federal level. She always has great insight and comments in the main stream media when asked about marijuana.

U.S. House District 5
F
Scott Fitzgerald (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Fitzgerald was a NO to anything marijuana and even opposed allowing public hearings on his watch as a Wisconsin State Senator. He was labeled as an obstacle to decriminalization from even conservative measures by fellow Republicans going back to 2017.

His lack of compassion was just as evident as his lack of education on the issue of medical cannabis. The sick, dying and disabled of Wisconsin suffered under his control and patients within his districts ending up dying while being insulted by this prohibitionist.

Adult use marijuana is known as recreational marijuana in the news at times. We are unsure if this guy has every had any recreational fun in his life, but it is ironic that he worked in Madison Wisconsin where weed is basically legal and now he works in Washington D.C. where weed is legal. His district he left behind supports reform and so does the guy who replaced the State Senate Fitz left behind.

Will money change Fitzgerald and his stance on cannabis? His first vote on the issue concerned money/banking and he voted yes…. maybe it was by mistake…..

U.S. House District 6
C-
Glenn Grothman (R)

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

Tom Tiffany opposed reform as a Wisconsin state elected official and continues blow smoke about cannabis reform at the federal level.  He voted against the SAFE Banking Act and The MORE Act.  At this point he is just another prohibitionist Republican stating marijuana legalization is a states right issue and under the 10th Amendment Wisconsin has the right to do what they want.  He has been no help on the homefront either.

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
A-
Tim Carpenter (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

We have Senator Carpenter labeled as a cannabis supporter.  We are not aware that we sponsored adult use or decriminalization 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 sponsor AB 570 in the 2019-20 session, which was medical marijuana legislation with home grows.  

During the 2022 campaign he did a candidate interview with WI EYE (19:03mark) he states he does support ending prohibition and legalizing adult use marijuana with restrictions on driving and work place safety, similar to alcohol.

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
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 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.

State Senate District 8
D+
Dan Knodl (R) MEDICAL USE

Past committee member and not very vocal about the issue, but in 2021 he finally co-sponsored the Republican version of medical marijuana.

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

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.

 

State Senate District 10
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 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 12
B+
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 Senate District 13
C-
John Jagler (R) MEDICAL USE

Rep. Jagler has been "swayed" to support medical marijuana and now sits on the committee for the 2019-20 and again in 2022 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+ legislator on medical marijuana and lead the conversation on cannabis reform within the Republican Party.

In 2022, he kind of shocked us and reversed his tune a little as he was on the committee that held a public hearing on medical marijuana and he read into testimony of the Wisconsin Medical Society, which was against the bill.

State Senate District 14
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 Senate District 15
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 Senate District 16
A
Melissa Agard (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 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
B+
Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

She says she is open to any innovative ways to bring in revenues. She said "other states have legalized adult use and we know the pros and cons, and many constituents have contacted her for support of adult use cannabis.

Republican leadership assigned her Room 420 North her first term in session.

In 2021-22, "RCG" was the only Republican to co-sponsor a medical marijuana measure that allowed home grows and smoking products.

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
F
Jesse James (R) MEDICAL USE MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

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.

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
B-
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 create a medical marijuana program.   Since elected in 2014 Rep. Quinn has seemed like a marijuana reformer.   He received his high 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!  

State Senate District 26
A+
Kelda Roys (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 27
A
Dianne Hesselbein (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Elected in 2012, previous sessions 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.   During the 2021-22 session as an Assembly Rep she co-sponsored adult use recreational marijuana.

State Senate District 28
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.

State Senate District 29
C-
Cory Tomczyk (R) MEDICAL USE

Cory Tomczyk told The Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network that he supports medical marijuana and it should have been legal by now.  But he cannot support outright legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

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.

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
A-
Brad Pfaff (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

After some back and forth with his office on the issue, Brad Pfaff did end up co-sponsoring the 2021-22 legislation to legalize adult use marijuana in Wisconsin.  Source

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

“Legalizing the use of marijuana is not good for Wisconsin. If the use of marijuana really was
harmless, an affirming dope-using vote by the legislature wouldn’t be necessary.”  

 

State Assembly District 1
C+
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 high grade.  (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
B-
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.

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
D+
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
B+
Joy Goeben (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I support medical marijuana and would like to see more research to find areas where it would be helpful and in what areas it is not effective. I am a strong supporter of veterans and have looked into the benefits of medical marijuana on mental health conditions such as PTSD, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. I understand that there is a trend where marijuana is being substituted for other drugs which can allow for improvements in overall health. Medical professionals should have access to the tools they need to help their patients, marijuana is one of those tools. I am still researching the use of recreational marijuana. While I am a strong supporter of personal freedom, I want to carefully consider the issue because I do not want to introduce or support legislation that will cause harmsource

State Assembly District 7
C+
Daniel Riemer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

This Democrat Assembly Representative from Milwaukee has not co-sponsored any marijuana legislation in since elected in 2013.

In 2018 he did a candidate interview with WI EYE (18:20) in which he states that he would be in favor of legalization if the voters supported the upcoming referendum in the district and if there was a strong local control component to the bill and public health/safety was taken into consideration.  He indicated he would be voting YES to the referendum.

Rep. Dan Riemer is reported as supporting legalization by constituents in his district, but the Riemer is definitely not vocal about his stance. - (source Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network)

State Assembly District 8
A+
Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE 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
State Assembly District 9
A-
Marisabel Cabrera (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

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.  In 2020-22, she did co-sponsor adult use recreational marijuana.

State Assembly District 10
A+
Darrin Madison (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

The issue is a campaign priority for him: Legalize Marijuana and leverage revenue to fund public education and workforce development programs.

State Assembly District 11
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

State Assembly District 12
A-
LaKeshia Myers (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE 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.  In 2020 she changed her tune and co-sponsored adult use legalization legislation.

State Assembly District 13
D+
Tom Michalski (R)

He said he is a child of the 70's and marijuana is a gateway drug.  He says he has mixed emotions about it.  He recogonizes that many people are strongly against, but he is keeping his options open yet.  He does want or is in favor of getting the marijuana out of the hands of dealers.  His WI EYE interview was something to watch and at 13:56 he stumbles over the marijuana question.  He never mentions or answers how he feels about medical.

State Assembly District 14
A-
Robyn Vining (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Elected in 2018, former pastor and first year assembly representative from Wauwatosa did not sponsor any legislation on marijuana reform in 2019-2020.   In 2020-22 legislation session she stepped up the plate and co-sponsored recreational marijuana.

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 or in 2021-22.  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+
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.

State Assembly District 18
A-
Evan Goyke (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE 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.  

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

Campaign Website: Marijuana should be legalized, decriminalized and - importantly - people who have been convicted of marijuana possession or dealing charges should have their records expunged completely. The unequal enforcement of drug charges generally are a matter of equity, and we must correct this as soon as the law is changed. 

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) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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.

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.

State Assembly District 25
B-
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 reputation for his support on the issue.

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 28
F
Gae Magnafici (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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.

State Assembly District 29
B+
Clint Moses (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

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.

State Assembly District 30
F
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.

Zimmerman was also absent on any the Republican Decriminalization bill and medical marijuana start up bill in 2021-22. He failed.

State Assembly District 31
D-
Ellen Schutt (R) MEDICAL USE

Ellen Shutt does not support recreational marijuana legalization and dangerous and say it is deadly, increasing being laced with fentanyl and there is no way regulate its safety, but will consider medical cannabis measures for people in extreme pain. - WI EYE Interview 10:40 

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
A-
Scott Johnson (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

During his WI EYE Interview 14:23 he indicates yes to medical marijuana and recreational down the road, marijuana is a drug, like alcohol and tobacco and formal recognition of it and regulation of marijuana would be beneficial to the public.

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
F
Calvin Callahan (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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.

 
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
F
William Penterman (R) MEDICAL USE MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

He won his primary by 16 votes, ex military police and former staffer of a Republican.  Early signs shows he is playing politics with pot and giving people the run-around on the issue.  He is opposed to recreational marijuana reform.   In 2021-22 he was absent from any co-sponsorship of legislation and labeled one of the worst Assembly Reps to work with.

On Oct 12th, 2022 Penterman participated in an AAUW Candidate Forum and gave his opinions on the issue. It is best to watch this guy rather than have me translate his opposition statement.

State Assembly District 38
F
Barbara Dittrich (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS 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
D+
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 in 2019-20, but was absent from any attempts in 2021-22

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
Alex Dallman (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

On the campaign trail he said one thing, than after elected he turned into a prohibitionist.

He said until the County Sheriffs on board he is not even supporting decriminalization.

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
A
Jenna Jacobson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Wi Eye Interview Indicates she is favor of both medical and recreational.

State Assembly District 44
A+
Sue Conley (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Assembly District 45
A+
Clinton Anderson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

10:34 Wi Eye Interview he states he is favor of both recreational and medical.  Heavily in favor of both.  He has no concerns about recreational marijuana and enough other states have done it that Wisconsin can draw from them and make a smooth transition to a regulated market.

State Assembly District 46
A+
Melissa Ratcliff (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Melissa Ratcliff has been a  consistent support of legalization efforts for both medical and recreational marijuana.

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
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

State Assembly District 49
F
Travis Tranel (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS 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) MEDICAL USE

October 2018: On the topic of marijuana legalization, Kurtz said he’s against marijuana for recreational use. “A lot of people are intrigued by the dollar signs and the revenue they can get from that,” Kurtz said, adding there were drawbacks to legalization as well. 

Oct 2018 He noted he would be open to medicinal use of marijuana if hemp proved ineffective.

He is a hemp farmer, or at least tried one year... he is pretty quit about everything.

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 was not on board with any 2021-22 Republican efforts to decriminalize or allow medical marijuana.

State Assembly District 51
C+
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 being one of the first Republicans in way too long to sponsor medical marijuana legislation.  In the 2021-22 session, he only sided with Republicans and only on medical, as he was absent from decriminalization measures.

State Assembly District 52
F
Jerry O'Connor (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

This is not a cause I am supporting“ was his stance during the Republican Primary.

State Assembly District 53
B+
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.

State Assembly District 54
A-
Lori Palmeri (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

WI EYE Interview 13:20. Says past time on medical but is still not quite 100% on recreational but is leaning yes, depending on how it is packaged including preventing youth use, substance abuse and what does the data truly look like for economy, but close it out, saying YES to medial and partial YES to recreational.

State Assembly District 56
F
Dave Murphy (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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.

State Assembly District 57
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.

State Assembly District 58
F
Rick Gundrum (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS 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 and was abesent from any reform efforts by the GOP in 2021-22.

State Assembly District 59
D+
Ty Bodden (R)

During the primary battle is was reported he does not support recreational marijuana and is doing “research” on medical cannabis and also speaking to law enforcement about medical and decriminalization.

State Assembly District 60
B-
Rob Brooks (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

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.   In 2021 he co-sponsored the Republican version of medial marijuana.

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
A-
Tip McGuire (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

In 2018, 88% of Kenosha County voters supported an advisory referendum to legalize medical marijuana and it was not until 2021 that this legislator signed on as a co-sponsor to adult use/recreational 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
A-
Greta Neubauer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

As a 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.

In 2020-22 legislation session, she did co-sponsor adult use/recreational marijuana.

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

He co-sponsored the Republican version of medical marijuana two sessions in a row and came on as a co-sponsor to decriminalization in 2021-22.

State Assembly District 68
B+
Karen Hurd (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

I am currently researching and studying the issue of the legalization of marijuana. I have been given written material by constituents on both sides of the issue—and then I have my own educational/clinical experience in working with those of my clients that are users of marijuana. My Master of Science degree in Biochemistry has given me the molecular knowledge of how cannabinoids impact cells. However, there is more yet to know, and other considerations most be taken into account besides the impact at the cellular level. I also am gathering data from other states as well that have legalized marijuana and what impact it has had—whether pro or con. Many constituents have spoken to me about this issue—some pro, some con.

State Assembly District 69
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.

State Assembly District 70
F
Nancy VanderMeer (R)

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

In 2018 VanderMeer's campaign did not respond to multiple contact attempts from a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporter which poised a marijuana question to her challenger.

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.   She was absent from any 2021-22 legislation Republicans presented.

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
B-
Scott Krug (R) DECRIMINALIZE 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 in 2019, but was an original bill co-sponsor of medical marijuana in 2021-22.

State Assembly District 73
A+
Angie Sapik (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Let’s be clear on my stance with cannabis. I support legalizing and regulating the use of cannabis and believe the legislation should be conducted at the state level. I’m a pro-business candidate and cannabis business is booming. I also support decriminalization for possession and the freedom for recreational or medicinal use of cannabis. While I have not authored or co-sponsored a legalization bill, I believe I would be inclined to support such legislation.  source

State Assembly District 74
C-
Chanz Green (R) MEDICAL USE

We first contact his campaign in July, 2022 and asked if he needed any information on this matter.  This district was a primary battle and we contacted his campaign three times.

WI EYE 11:08 Interview 

Oct 4th, 2022 He says he is supportive of medical marijuana but before committing on recreational he would want to study it.

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.

State Assembly District 76
A
Francesca Hong (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Assembly District 77
A+
Shelia Stubbs (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Rep Shelia Stubbs is incredible when it comes to knowledge of marijuana reform and a consistent co-sponsor of adult use cannabis legislation.    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+.   

State Assembly District 78
A-
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.  In the 2021-22 session she was a co-sponsor of adult use legislation.

State Assembly District 79
A+
Alex Joers (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Alex Joers supports legalizing marijuana.  His WI Eye Interview explains why.

State Assembly District 80
A+
Mike Bare (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Mike Bare says there is no question Wisconsin should move forward by legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.

State Assembly District 81
A-
Dave Considine (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Receiving a high grade in previous sessions 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 and in 2020 co-sponsored legislation to legalize adult use marijuana.

State Assembly District 82
F
Chuck Wichgers (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS 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.  He was a co-author of the "BAD BHO Bill" that Republicans jammed through.  The bill would have increased penalites for butane hash oil manufacturing and possession of butane hash oil products.

State Assembly District 85
C+
Patrick Snyder (R) MEDICAL USE

He has only served a few 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 in 2019-20.  Durig the 2021-22 session he emerged as a potential leader, authoring AB 1067, the Republican bill to create a medial marijuana program.  He testified in favor of his bill during the Senate hearing, but was unable to get leadership to advance his bill to the public hearing stage of a bills life cycle

State Assembly District 86
C-
John Spiros (R) 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.  

In 2021-22, he did cosponsor AB 1067 in 2021 - Republican Medical Marijuana Bill.

State Assembly District 87
C+
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 some respect.  The bad news is all bills are stuck in committee.

In 2021-22 he sided only with his Republican colleagues, supporting their start up bill and leaving the home grow/smoking products out of his support range this session.

State Assembly District 88
C+
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 in the 2019-20 session, we consider him a supporter of medical marijuana.

In the 2021-22 session he did not break ranks from the GOP on the issue, only co-sponsoring the Republican marijuana start up bill and leaving the home grows and smoking products of the table for this guy.

 

State Assembly District 89
F
Elijah Behnke (R) MEDICAL USE JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

Behnke did request more information and provided this brief chat message back "Shouldn’t be opening up people to bad habits! But medical is an option.

Behnke was not a co-sponsor of the 2021-22 Republican medical marijuana bill, so it might not be an important option for Behnke at this point to consider him a friendly Republican.

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

A consistent voice for marijuana reform in her district and in the media.  She promsied to help as a candidate and did just that.  She was a co-sponsor of the 2021-22 adult use cannabis legislation.

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.  During her 2nd term in office she duplicated her efforts and again co-sponsored Adult Use Marijuana legislation in 2021-22

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 and did not co-sponsor the 2nd Republican marijuana bill in 2021-22.

 

State Assembly District 94
A-
Steve Doyle (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

So in researching him we wondered why Rep. Doyle did not sponsor anything and found a few news article about Rep. Doyle and marijuana reform in his area which led to an op ed piece entitled "Did Doyle Dump Cannabis Reform?"

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, but since than he has been missing as a co-sponsor for recreational marijuana efforts.  We do not know if he supports recreational marijuana, but 63% of La Crosse County supported adult use in the 2018 referendum.

2022: In his September canddiate interview he states he has always been in favor of medical marijuana but is less enthusiastic about recreational marijuana, but referendums in his district show that is what the people want so he would support it based of that.

 

State Assembly District 95
B+
Jill Billings (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

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- that session.

In 2021-22 legislative session a majority of Democrats co-sponsored adult use marijuana legislation, but Rep. Billings was absent from that initiative also.

During her 2022 Wi Eye at the 15:00 minute mark she takes a minute to answer the "marijuana question" and says she recently changed her stance and then went onto buy into the "fentanyl laced marijuana scare" and mentioned that Wisconsin is an island.

 

State Assembly District 96
F
Loren Oldenburg (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION 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 presented by the GOP.  In 2018 he said “At this time I cannot get my support behind it,” Oldenburg stated about the drug. He recognized the belief that it may bring in more revenue for the state, but noted, “I think it would also bring in more criminals and criminal activities.”

State Assembly District 97
F
Scott Allen (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

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. 

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 Rep has 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.

He continued his hate, by helping author a bill to increase penalties for certain cannabis concentrates known as BHO and hosting "education" events on cannabis that seem to spread mis-information.

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
D-
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 in 2018.  She came out of the gates early and helped author a bill to protect firearms owners who are also medical marijuana patients. But in 2018 and again in 2020 this legislator was a no show to the table when it came time to co-sponsor legislation.