State Rep. Shelia Stubbs
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Rep. Stubbs, Lt. Gov. Barnes Announce Legislation Decriminalizing Marijuana

"The mass incarceration of African American men who have been disproportionately charged and imprisoned for low-level marijuana offenses is something that must be urgently addressed."

By - Oct 30th, 2019 10:10 am

MADISON – Representative Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison), together with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Reps. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) and Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison), today announced legislation to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Wisconsin. Twenty-six states and Washington, D.C. have enacted laws to stop jailing their residents for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Rep. Stubbs’ bill, LRB-3603, works to address Wisconsin’s shameful racial disparities and high levels of mass incarceration, especially in the African American community.

“Wisconsin has among the worst racial disparities in the country. The mass incarceration of African American men who have been disproportionately charged and imprisoned for low-level marijuana offenses is something that must be urgently addressed,” Rep. Stubbs stated. “We need to rethink and modernize our marijuana laws in Wisconsin. Far too many children are being raised without both parents present due to possession of a small amount of marijuana. And when one community is so disproportionately impacted by these policies, it is beyond time to pursue real solutions. Simply put, we need action – not another study or report. With limited law enforcement resources, it just makes sense to focus our efforts on serious crimes which will make our communities safer.”

In Wisconsin, African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession at four times the rate of white residents despite similar rates of usage. Most of the decriminalization states impose a civil fine, which avoids the life-altering consequences of a criminal record.

“People of color have disproportionately felt the impact of outdated policies all across our criminal justice system,” Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said. “Possession of small amounts of marijuana is no reason for anyone serve a prison sentence, lose out on a job, nor lose their voting rights. Marijuana decriminalization is an issue I’ve championed since I’ve been a state legislator. Today, I am proud to stand with Rep. Stubbs as she introduces this important legislation that sets us on the right path to prioritizing higher level crimes and smarter criminal justice policy.”

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4 thoughts on “Gov. Scott Walker Defense of Taking Donation From Marijuana Industry Advocates While Calling For More Drug Testing: $25,000 Check Too Small to Influence Him”

  1. myfivecents says:

    By Walker saying a $25,000 campaign contribution isn’t big enough to buy his support, he is admitting that there is a big enough dollar amount that will buy his support. He can be bought if they pay enough. There is no way he talk himself out of this one.

  2. AG says:

    Wait… so… if someone gives him money, and his policies are in line with the views of the donors, that’s bad. However, if he gets money from donors and his policies are not in line with those donors, that’s… er… bad?

  3. Vincent Hanna says:

    A politician will take money from anyone (and return it later only if it’s potentially damaging to their future reelection prospects), but it seems stupid to give money to one who opposes your core beliefs and will do nothing to advance your agenda.

  4. Jesse says:

    Walker , that’s awesome you are now getting jobs you promised some yrs ago .
    That’s great , the bad thing is 72% of Wisconsinites want legal weed.
    You say you want the best for us in Wisconsin, then why are you picking on the poorest of the poor people in Wisconsin. people who need food, realy, that’s the lowest shot you could give to the residents of Wisconsin. Pick on the Fuckers running the black market in our state and leave the poor alone. You have an opinion , well ,so do we , and so doe;s the rest of Wisconsin & I will bet there not on your side…………………………… .

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