Spiteful Senator Andre Jacque
My quote did not make it into the news article… “As some districts elected a Republican who supports ending the prohibition of marijuana, we highly anticipate a Republican co-sponsor next session or a Republican version of a legalization bill.” – Jay Selthofner
And the two “friendly” Republicans I suggested the news reporter speak with were missing in action on the issue – this time – right?
I tried, twice, well three times if you count trying to get the positive GOP quote in there also, but who shows up for the GOP instead?
Senator Andre Jacque is in the house
Senator Andre Jacque, ignoring the will of the people, and apparently now is spitefully saying that because Governor Evers will put marijuana taxation in a budget proposal again that the GOP will not take up the issue during the regular session?
Did I read that right Senator Spite?
Senator Jacque is no stranger no spiteful behavior. He has ignored his constituents on the issue since first elected back in 2010. In 2011 while very active with Northern Wisconsin NORML we shared a joint portion of a new segment with then Assembly Representative Andre Jacque in which we just discussed medical marijuana and this guy was hating on patients back then.
Senator Jacque (R) is also an author of the “BAD BHO Bill” that Republicans pushed through and passed despite opposition from hemp cannabis industry stakeholders. This bill would have increased penalties for butane hash oil products and manufacturing. Governor Evers had to veto that bill from becoming law and you can bet that Senator Spiteful is pissed and will bring that bill up again, and again, and again.
I wish a different kind of GOP Senator would start putting the pot in politics for once.
Here is the Fox 11 News Article that was supposed to be about the local Appleton referendum and a positive spotlight on a friendly Republican. Thanks for addressing the actual issue Senator Jacque (R)! Just because you were a winner on November 8th does not mean you are a winner. The maps are not clear that Senator Jacque even represents part of The City of Appleton, but the Senator sends a pretty clear message to constituents that he does not care.
Senator Jacque can be reached at Telephone: (608) 266-3512 or via email: Sen.Jacque@legis.wisconsin.gov
The Fox 11 News Report
The city’s advisory referendum on whether marijuana should be legalized for adults had overwhelming support.
The advisory referendum passed 69% to 31%.
But it only means voters support legalizing the drug for those 21 and over, and think it should be taxed and regulated like alcohol.
“I think it shows what we’ve known statewide that a majority of Wisconsinites want to see marijuana legalized,” said Democratic State Rep. Lee Snodgrass.
Snodgrass says Republicans should consider the polling results when a legalization bill is on the table.
Voters across the state and country also supported legalizing marijuana on Tuesday.
“Right now, we are not preventing Wisconsinites from using cannabis. They are just going to other states to do so; we are surrounded by states where it’s legalized, and this is a revenue issue,” said Snodgrass.
Medical cannabis, decriminalization and legalization bills haven’t made it far in Madison.
Republican State Sen. Andre Jacque says any vetoed bill likely won’t return unless it looks drastically different.
“If the governor puts things in the budget that he knows have been stripped out as policy because they’ve been identified as such by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, there is not much of a chance the legislature is going to be dealing with them,” said Jacque.
Bob Hickey is the regional manager at THE Dispensary in Appleton. He says the results coincide with what they hear from customers.
“It’s a great step in the right direction, but it doesn’t change anything yet other than seeing those numbers,” said Hickey.
Right now, the dispensary carries legal hemp-derived products, but if anything were to change in Madison, they’d be ready to switch over.
“It would just be taking the extra step of cautiousness and everything, making sure we do it the right way as we progress in the state,” said Hickey.
States have the power to legalize marijuana, but it remains illegal on the federal level. Although, President Biden says he would grant pardons for simple possession of marijuana.