Incumbent Assembly Republican Murphy signals support for medical marijuana

State Assembly District 56: Murphy, Lawrence share views on roads, Foxconn, legalizing pot

Incumbent Assembly Representative David Murphy (R-Greenville) in a campaign news article gave some in his district hope for medical cannabis reform. He has served the district since 2012 and our chapter has held many meeting, events and rallies in his district. In 2017 we targeted the city of Winneconne and Greenville because Rep. Murphy was on the Assembly Health committee assigned medical marijuana legislation.

Here is his statement:

Would you support changing state law to legalize marijuana and/or cannabis products? If so, under what conditions? If not, why?

Representative David Murphy Assembly District 56 (R - Greenville)
Representative David Murphy Assembly District 56 (R – Greenville)

Murphy: I do not support recreational marijuana. Law enforcement, including our local sheriff and police chief, are against legalization and their experience in the community carries a lot of weight with me. Medical marijuana is a different matter. The best situation would be for the federal government to de-list marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. This would allow for much more research to help us develop true medical treatments from marijuana. I was a co-sponsor of the legislation that was passed to legalize CBD oil.

Lawrence: Yes, I would support legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medical uses. We tolerate a lot as a society when people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. We will tolerate marijuana as well. Legalizing it will prevent people from landing in jail or prison. Society avoids paying for the cost to house those prisoners. Families and lives are unnecessarily ruined as prison divides families and reduces incomes and employment opportunities.

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