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July 25, 2007

Steve Kagen votes to arrest medical marijuana patients: John Gard would approve

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The roll call vote in the Hinchey Amendment came down late this evening:

Final Vote Results For Roll Call 733 click here

For: 165 (150 Dems, 15 Republicans)
Against: 262 (79 Dems, 183 Republicans)

The Democratic gains that brought them control of the House translated to only 2 additional votes over last year. As with prior years the Republican caucus mostly demonstrated that to be a good member of the GOP, you have to check your compassion at the door. But, it was apparently freshmen Democrats who doomed the Hinchey Amendment in the face of the near unanimous GOP opposition.

Shamefully, one of those was Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Steve Kagen, who joined Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri in voting against Hinchey to continue funding federal efforts aimed at subverting state medical marijuana laws. His fellow Democrats, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and David Obey all voted to protect patients in the 12 states with state laws.

A BIG THANK YOU once again to Reps. Baldwin, Kind, Moore and Obey. Be sure to call them and thank them!

Ironically, Steve Kagen voted the same way anti-medical marijuana fanatic John Gard would have, the exact same way ex-Rep. Mark Green did each year! What is up? Patients and those who care about them in Kagen’s district should be up in arms!

Give Rep. Kagen a call or stop by one of his offices and ask why he voted to use our tax dollars against sick people acting legally under state laws. Ask him if when Wisconsin passes medical marijuana legislation he’ll support federal authorities interfering in our state.

With over 80% support statewide and in his district, medical marijuana supporters arguably provided Kagen’s margin of victory. If he continues to vote this way, he’s likely to lose support that could easily provide the margin of victory in a district he carried by a razor thin margin. There is no downside in voting for medical marijuana.

Kagen's vote came the same day as the DEA raided at least six Los Angeles medical cannabis dispensaries. California voters passed their medical cannabis law in Nov. 1996.

Washington DC Office:

Honorable Steve Kagen M.D.
1232 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
ph: (202) 225-5665
fx: (202) 225-5729

District Office

Honorable Steve Kagen M.D.
700 E.Walnut Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
ph: (920) 437-1954
fx: (920) 437-1978

333 West College Ave.
Radisson Paper Valley
Appleton, WI 54911
ph: (920) 380-0061
fx: (920) 380-0051

Posted by Gary at July 25, 2007 10:39 PM

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