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Caden Berg (D) and Joe Plouff (D) want to challenge Rep. Clint Moses (R)

District 92 will be the new home to Rep. Clint Moses (R) under the redistricting maps for the 2024 general election as he is drawn into the district. Some political map experts give this district a small half point percentage to the GOP candidate, which really makes this a toss up district. While other election result number crunchers feel this district still leans Republican, every vote will matter.

Assembly District 92 is primarily Menomonie, Elk Mound, Lake Hallie and Chippewa Falls areas.

Republican Clint Moses has the pressure on him, that is for sure. Not only in this election and now, but really the pressure has been on his since he was elected back in 2020. I wrote many articles about this Rep. Moses and at the last I checked, leadership sent the GOP medical marijuana bill in which Moses was a co-author directly to the Assembly Committee Health, Aging and Long-Term Care that is Chaired by Rep. Clint Moses. Holy Moses, this guy currently has all the pressure on him and now that it is election time, he is running again.

Clint Moses (R-Menomonie)

Campaign Facebook Page Clint Moses for Wisconsin and Campaign Website

What we know

In his candidate interview from 2020 Rep. Clint Mosses 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.

His 2020 Candidate Questionnaire Answers on file, candidate supports the 2019-20 Assembly Bill 220 (adult use legalization) and received an Endorsement from NORML in the 2020 Election.

Rep. Clint Moses did co-sponsor cannabis decriminalization legislation his first term in office during the 2021-22 session, but was absent from the medical cannabis legislation Republicans presented during the same session. As one of the only Republicans even giving a little inclination that they would support the adult use legalization bill authored by Senator Agard (D) it is unfortunate that Rep. Moses was absent from the adult use legislation.

In 2022, Moses was labeled as one of the Republicans to Keep Our Eyes On in a detailed article about the Republicans who were trying to do something in this area of legislative needs. Unfortunately the 2023-24 session saw a repeat performance from Rep. Clint Moses on adult use legislation. The 2020 NORML Endorsement must not have meant anything to Rep. Moses, because he was again absent from co-sponsoring the adult use legislation. Rep. Moses was even absent from the decriminalization efforts this session.

What did he do?

The controversial medical cannabis legislation Robin Vos (R) authored this session was co-authored by Rep. Clint Moses. This legislation maybe in play in the Assembly, but the Republican Senate has yet to file any version of medical cannabis. Both houses need to pass identical legislation to become law. Assembly Bill 1040 was assured a public hearing a floor vote by Robin Vos and he sent his bill to the Assembly Committee Health, Aging and Long-Term Care that is Chaired by Rep. Clint Moses.

Main stream media covered the Republicans introduction of the bill in a variety of ways. Many of the news outlets just regurgitated the key notes from the GOP Assembly Press Events, but a few of them questioned the bill authors further on the topic of adult use legalization. Rep. Moses is reported to have said (re: legalization) “I think that’s a direction the Governor would definitely like to see it go. I think that he views this as a starting point and I do as well. I want to see how this goes safely first.”

Speaker Robin Vos (R) has always been critical of any medical marijuana program that would lead to a further push for recreational marijuana and has publicly threatened to kill the bill if any of that poison talk makes its way into the conversation. So although we applaud Moses for his continued support of reform we all wonder if the methodology he is using to ending prohibition is going to work.

Rep. Clint Moses
Rep. Clint Moses is holding up his own bill in the committee he chairs.

What would work better?

Perhaps instead of competing medical marijuana bills or trying to pass a bill within the GOP Caucus alone, Republican politicians like Clint Moses should officially form The Wisconsin Cannabis Caucus and work on one bill together with the Democrats. The official establishment of this Caucus would represent the growing, bipartisan support in our Senate and Assembly for marijuana reform and could move along legislation much more effectively and efficiently, ensuring success for all of Wisconsinites.

For more information on the Republican medical cannabis bill, I authored two additional articles entitled Republican Marijuana Bill Needs Amending and I completed a co-sponsorship and committee assignment analysis in an article labeled 2024 Analysis of GOP Medical Cannabis Bill.

Caden Berg (D-Chippewa Falls)

We can certainly tell that Berg is serious about cannabis reform with his campaign website priorities highlighting his priority to legalize recreational cannabis in Wisconsin.

Need I say more? Legalizing recreational would not only be an economic benefit to Wisconsin, but it is the most common sense piece of legislation that should be passed. According to the ACLU of Wisconsin, we are potentially missing out on $150 million tax dollars that could be used towards schools and social programs. And in 2023, Wisconsinites spent $36 million in Illinois on cannabis products. If elected, I would support legalizing cannabis and partially using the taxes raised to offset property tax raises in lower-income school districts to ease the tax burden on Wisconsinites.

Please like and follow the Caden Berg for Assembly Facebook Page for up to date events in the district that this candidate is attending. Stop in and say high and remember to share with those who care!

Joseph Plouff (D-Menomonie)

Plouff is back from a break. Joe was an Assembly Rep from 1997 until 2005 and also served in the US Army, as well as sat on the Menomonie Common Council and Dunn County Board of Supervisors.

Believe it or not, back in 2003-04 session, yes over 20 years ago there were medical cannabis bills presented in the Wisconsin legislation and Joe Plouff was a co-sponsor!

Side note: Assembly Bill 892, which was Authored by Republican Gregg Underheim back in Feb 2003 attracted Plouff as a co-sponsor.

He has a campaign facebook page and campaign website.

How do we make change in 2024?
How do we make change in 2024?

Stay tuned and get active!

I will provide you additional 2024 Wisconsin State Election coverage throughout the campaign season. This next election is extremely important for marijuana reform and I will continue to bring you information as more candidates make their political moves.

In the event that we end up with divided government in the 2024-25 legislation session, the official formation of The Wisconsin Cannabis Caucus would be a must first step towards reform. The official establishment of this Caucus will represent the growing, bipartisan support in Wisconsin.

Although session as ended we still urge you to contact your elected officials. The top four action alerts are still functionable on The Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Action Network for you immediate use.

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