In a special series, we are uncovering who is lobbying against marijuana reform in Wisconsin.
We recently uncovered this organization when doing candidate and legislative research.
Registered Lobbyist: Julaine Appling (Also registered lobbyist with Wisconsin Family Council
- Inform Wisconsin citizens about pro-family legislative and cultural issues
- Involve Wisconsin citizens in activities that strengthen the family
- Prepare Wisconsin citizens for elections, as the law provides
- Advocate in the state legislature on cultural and legislative issues that affect the family
To advance Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty.
Wisconsin Family Action is a 501(c)(4) organization for purposes of the IRS, which means the federal government and the IRS do not allow gifts and contributions to WFA to be tax deductible. WFA receives no state or federal funding. We rely on the gifts of people who believe in its work in the public policy arena of Wisconsin. Gifts to WFA are not reportable to the general public.
Here is what they have archived about their efforts to stop marijuana reform in Wisconsin:
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “As states across the country have embarked on this drug experiment, the evidence mounts that any legalization of marijuana comes with consequences, not the least of which is increased crime. In fact, law enforcement in Colorado deems this a public safety issue. Wisconsin lawmakers need to hear from citizens before going very far down this policy path.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “I’m not sure why Republican Speaker Robin Vos is open to the idea. Most Republicans oppose this idea and the slippery slope it creates. While some claim this is an important medical treatment, many others point out the legal issues for doctors, remind us of the addictive nature of marijuana and point out other treatments exist that don’t involve this addictive narcotic.”
SB 577/no Assembly version to date – Decriminalizing 28 grams or less of marijuana (WFA opposes).
This bill makes a number of changes in the current law as it relates to bringing charges against a person who possesses, attempts to possess, possesses with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver marijuana. WFA believes marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to using other harder drugs and that marijuana use in and of itself can significantly impair judgment and alter behavior. Twenty-eight grams of marijuana is the equivalent of over 80 “joints.” The bill is currently in committee; no further action to date.