Rep John Spiros (R-Marshfield) pre-2018 election marijuana Q & A

Representative John Spiros Assembly District 86 (R - Marshfield)
Representative John Spiros Assembly District 86 (R – Marshfield)

In an article Election Q&A: Wis. State Assembly, 86th District candidates Published on October 30, 2018, Rep. Sprios had this to say when asked about marijuana reform:

Voters in Marathon County will be asked to weigh in on medical marijuana in this election. What are your views on medical marijuana? What about recreational marijuana?

This session, the legislature legalized the possession of CBD oil, which can be an alternative to medical marijuana. This allows families who have exhausted all options another treatment alternative. This oil has shown promise in treating seizure disorders, especially among young children. However, I am reticent to legalize recreational marijuana until law enforcement has way to calculate how “high” someone is to determine their level of impairment, much like we do with alcohol. Additionally, new research has shown that not only is recreational marijuana not the economic boost originally projected, but incidents involving car crashes are higher in states where marijuana is legalized, not to mention car insurance rates are higher. So I am waiting to see how this plays out before voting to legalize it in our state.

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