PRESS RELEASE: DR. KATHERINE GAULKE, ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 32 CANDIDATE, SUPPORTS LISTENING TO VOTERS ON LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
Elkhorn, WI - Katherine Gaulke, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s Assembly District 32, supports allowing the voters of Walworth County have their voice heard via a ballot referendum on the legalization of marijuana, and supports the legalization of both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana for those over age 21.
“We spend more on corrections than on the University of Wisconsin System. The financial burden on our criminal justice system for low-level non-violent marijuana possession offenses is unacceptable,” she said.
Katherine continued, “I will follow the will of the people when it comes to this issue. Counties around the state are putting the issue to a non-binding referendum, which I support; and will vote to both decriminalize and legalize, tax and regulate cannabis when I am elected to the State Legislature.”
“Legalization would free the police up to pursue more serious crimes, help alleviate the societal and financial impact of mass incarceration on our society, and help those in pain get access to much-needed medicine. Marijuana arrests are disproportionately prevalent in minority communities. Wisconsin shouldn’t be the worst place in the country to raise a young black male.”
“While not the main reason for my position, increased revenue via the taxation and regulation of cannabis is a benefit,” Katherine added.
In 2016, Marquette University conducted a poll that found that 59% of Wisconsinites wanted marijuana legalized. “As your next Assemblyperson, I will abide by the wishes of the voters. My opponent told the Janesville Gazette that he won’t necessarily listen to voters,” she said.
“While the legalization of cannabis is not a perfect solution to all of Wisconsin’s problems, but there is a great deal of promise in its medical applications including reducing the reliance on opioids; alleviating the burden on our criminal justice system, the tax revenue it might generate, and for giving Wisconsin farmers a new and popular cash crop to grow,” Gaulke said.
Marijuana has been fully legalized in 9 states with another 30 having medical marijuana legalized. Wisconsin currently has some of the most severe marijuana laws in the country.