State of Wisconsin Archives: on Drugs


Leah Vukmir: Keep marijuana a Schedule 1 drug; no medical use

Q: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Tammy Baldwin (D): Yes. Early supporter of medical. Sponsored bill to remove federal penalties & let states decide.

Leah Vukmir (R): No. Opposes recreational use & believes that "as a Schedule 1 drug. it has very little medical use."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Scott Walker: Opposes legalization of both medical & recreational use

Q: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Tony Evers (D): Legalize medical use. Determine recreational legalization through statewide referendum.

Scott Walker (R): No. Opposes legalization of both medical & recreational use, except cannabis-based oil for seizure patients.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tammy Baldwin: Legalize medical marijuana; let states decide

Q: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Tammy Baldwin (D): Yes. Early supporter of medical. Sponsored bill to remove federal penalties & let states decide.

Leah Vukmir (R): No. Opposes recreational use & believes that "as a Schedule 1 drug. it has very little medical use."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Tony Evers: Legalize medical use; referendum on recreational use

Q: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Tony Evers (D): Legalize medical use. Determine recreational legalization through statewide referendum.

Scott Walker (R): No. Opposes legalization of both medical & recreational use, except cannabis-based oil for seizure patients.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Leah Vukmir: Don't let our veterans down, like with opioids at Tomah VA

Vukmir met with veterans, heard their concerns, and then criticized Baldwin over her response to the opioid scandal at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"Make no mistake about it: Tammy Baldwin let our veterans down at the Tomah VA," said Vukmir, a state senator from Brookfield. "To have sat on a report, to have been the only person in this congressional delegation to have known that a doctor was over-prescribing opioids, a veteran died and many others became addicted, to me, it's unconscionable."

The Tomah VA was wracked several years ago by a scandal involving over-prescription of opioids. Republicans accuse Baldwin of failing to act in 2015 on problems at the facility. Baldwin disciplined top aides for bungling whistleblower complaints about the facility, including sitting on an inspector general's report. Since then, Baldwin co-sponsored legislation that toughened opioid prescription guidelines and pushes education for VA providers.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 2018 Wisconsin Senate race Sep 19, 2018

Phil Anderson: Marijuana isn't a gateway drug

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: Oppose. Marijuana is a gateway drug ONLY insofar as the government forces people to deal with criminals to obtain it.˙

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Kelda Helen Roys: Marijuana isn't a gateway drug

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: Oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 5, 2018

Ron Johnson: Death penalty for drug dealers

Q: At a rally last night, the president made the case for the death penalty for drug dealers. Let's listen to this.

(VIDEO CLIP): TRUMP: When I was in China and other places, I said, "Mr. President, do you have a drug problem?" "No, no, no, we do not." I said, "huh, big country, 1.4 billion people, right? Not much a drug problem." I said, "What do you attribute that to?" "Well, the death penalty." So, honestly, I don't know that the United States, frankly, is ready for it. They should be ready for it.

(END VIDEO) Q: Now, the death penalty for drug dealers, is that something that you agree with? And should we be following China's lead when it comes to criminal justice?

JOHNSON: I would say we probably should not be following China's lead when it comes to criminal justice. I'm a supporter of the death penalty, but only in those types of instances where we absolutely are 100% certain that the person is 100% guilty. I'm not sure it would be applicable to drug offenses.

Source: CNN interviews for 2018 Wisconsin Senate race Mar 11, 2018

Leah Vukmir: More law enforcement grants to prevent drug flow into WI

State Sen. Leah Vukmir and state Rep. John Nygren released legislation that would give law enforcement more tools to address the heroin and opioid epidemic facing Wisconsin:

"As a member of Governor Walker's Task Force on Opioid Abuse, I am pleased to join my colleagues as we unveil legislation that builds on the Legislature's efforts to combat opioid abuse in Wisconsin," said Vukmir who has more than 20 years' experience as a nurse practitioner. "It is critical that our communities have the tools necessary to combat the rising problems that stem from heroin abuse."

The legislation focuses on providing law enforcement training grants targeted at preventing drug flow into Wisconsin, offers funding for programming to prevent substance abuse, and gives grants to counties for medical-assisted treatment. This legislation will strengthen our law enforcement efforts and save lives. Additionally, the bill creates regional drug prosecutors to assist local District Attorney's prosecuting drug crimes.

Source: Urban Milwaukee on 2018 Wisconsin Senate race Jan 19, 2018

Kathleen Vinehout: 30% budget cuts but shift to drug addiction and recovery

Every dollar spent in the budget is a choice. Past budget cuts had serious consequences. An aging population, more mental health and drug addiction problems, and increasing childhood poverty are straining our capacity to respond. Addiction recovery, increasing mental health provider payments, caring for our elders and disabled and prenatal outreach are all changes I choose to make in the health budget. Moving administrative functions in-house rather than out-sourcing would cut costs by 30%.
Source: Tomah Journal on 2018 Wisconsin Gubernatorial race Jun 5, 2017

Scott Walker: More drug testing for unemployment insurance applicants

We write to you today in support of H.J. Res. 42, your legislation that would disapprove of the US Department of Labor's recent regulation regarding states' ability to drug test individuals who apply for unemployment insurance (UI).

Congress authorized the Labor Department to craft a rule that would provide states the option to drug test unemployment insurance applicants. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration drafted the rule too narrowly, undermining the intent of Congress and permitting drug testing in too few instances.

Drug testing UI applicants can help individuals suffering from substance abuse to access necessary care and treatment so they may re-enter the workforce as healthy and productive members of society. We believe this rule should be replaced with a new rule that allows increased flexibility for states to implement UI drug testing that best fits the needs of each state. We look forward to working with Congress on this issue going forward.

Source: 2018 Wisconsin Governor campaign press release Feb 10, 2017

Ron Johnson: No federal legalization; but let's see how states do

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Feingold: Voted earlier for lower drug sentences, but unclear position on legalization.

Johnson: Opposes recreational legalization, but open to seeing results in states that have approved it.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Ron Johnson: Unsecure Mexican border is a gateway for drug traffickers

The Senate Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, is holding a hearing in the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on "America's heroin epidemic at the border". Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), calling his state "ground zero in the fight against heroin trafficking from Mexico to the United States," has said the hearing will focus on international cartels and how government can combat them.

[Ron Johnson said in his opening statement]: "America's borders are not secure. One key indicator is the fact that we are interdicting only 5% to 10% of illegal drugs crossing our southwest border. The declining price of heroin--from a nationwide average of $3,260 per gram of pure heroin in 1981 to $465 in 2012--is a metric that proves the point. Our unsecure Arizona-Mexico border has become a gateway for drug traffickers to distribute illicit drugs across the country."

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Nov 21, 2015

Leah Vukmir: Opposes stronger penalties for drunk driving

The debate provided a rare chance to see Vukmir at a non-scripted event and on the same stage with her opponent. She has campaigned door-to-door in her district, but has mostly avoided debates, press events and interviews.

The debate questions, presented by two panelists, covered a wide range of issues, including clean energy (he's for it, she's against it), high-speed rail (he's for it, she's against it) and stronger penalties for drunk driving (he's for them, she's against them).

Source: Wisconsin Gazette on 2018 Wisconsin State Senate debate Oct 20, 2010

Tommy Thompson: More resources to target meth production

Methamphetamine Agents: The governor is targeting one of the fastest growing and most dangerous drugs in the state by adding three agents to combat methamphetamine production and distribution in western Wisconsin.
Source: Wisconsin Governor’s web site, “Budget” Dec 25, 2000

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