WisPolitics.com conducted interviews with all four Senate District 8 candidates.
Republican Primary is Feb 21, 2023
General Election is Tuesday April 4th, 2023
Thiensville Village President Van Mobley, R
Occupation: Economics professor
Campaign website: https://www.vanmobleyforwisconsin.com/
Mobley also said the Legislature should look at legalizing medical marijuana for those with a doctor’s prescription.
I tired to contact him and talk to him about the issue in more depth before he gave his public opinion. After several attempts I began to comment on his campaign posts on social media and I finally got this comment back from him: I am open to legalizing medical marijuana if it is done the right way. I am not interested in legalization for recreational use.
Rep. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown – Winner of Primary!
Elected to Assembly District 24 since 2008
Occupation: Resort owner
Campaign website: https://www.danknodl.org/
Knodl also said he has “always” supported legalizing medical marijuana, as long as a measure to legalize comes with a provision requiring a doctor’s prescription. He emphatically opposes recreational marijuana though.
My notes from the 2022 election coverage say Dan Knodl was a past committee member and not very vocal about the issue, but in 2021 he finally co-sponsored the Republican version of medical marijuana. Since he has been around since 2008 and the last time we had a public hearing in the Assembly was in 2009, I do not really believe he has “always” supported medical marijuana. He certainly was not labeled as the first Republican to publicly support the issue and we can find no information he supported any legislation prior to the 2021 session. We are glad is now aboard with some sort of reform.
Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls
Elected to Assembly District 22 since 2014
Occupation: Marketing agency owner
Campaign website: https://www.janelforsenate.com/
Brandtjen also said she’s not sure whether legalizing medical marijuana is the right move, adding “I have not seen anything from the medical professionals about value of medical marijuana.”
Brandtjen was labeled a prohibitionist during the 2022 Election Coverage.
Jodi Habush Sinykin, D-Whitefish Bay
Campaign website: https://www.jodiforsenate.com/
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jodi4senate
In all fairness, the WisPolitics Interviewer did only the candidates about medical marijuana and not recreational. Her was in part, her answer to if she supports medical marijuana.
She also supports legalizing medical marijuana because she says it could help those with chronic pain, arthritis, cancer, and children with seizures, among others. You can listen to her whole interview with the marijuana question/answer at about the 3:31 mark.
Her interview, which begins at the 16:25 mark is worth the listen. Personally, I think she should have taken some time to research this subject before she answered, or didn’t answer.
We have reached out to her campaign, but as of the March 20th, 2023 we have received no response.
If you are in the 8th Senate District you may want to apply some voter pressure to this candidate to support legalization efforts in Wisconsin, no matter what they look like!