Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Flynn Would Pardon Pot Offenders

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | DrydenWire |


Matt Flynn, a Democratic candidate running for Wisconsin Governor, says that if he is elected he would pardon "nonviolent offenders" convicted of Marijuana Possession, according to his official website

Upon review of cannabis legalization in other states, I believe it is time for Wisconsin to legalize marijuana. I am concerned about the impact of mass incarceration on our society, including both the social and financial impact. Under present law, people can easily acquire a felony record that effectively bars them from most employment for the rest of their lives. The financial burden on the criminal justice system is also unacceptable.

I also believe that legalizing marijuana will simply recognize a fact of life for many people, including the increasing use of medical marijuana by senior citizens to alleviate pain. Another result of legalization, although not the main reason for my position, will be the increased tax revenue and safety benefits that legalization will bring.

When elected I will:

  1. Support a public referendum on cannabis legalization in Wisconsin
  2. Support action to remove marijuana from the federal list of Schedule I narcotics, standing up to Trump and Sessions
  3. Commute sentences of nonviolent offenders convicted of Marijuana Possession

According to the Hill.com, Matt Flynn, the former chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, said at a candidates’ forum Wednesday that he does not know how many offenders such a policy would affect. He has repeatedly called for Wisconsin to legalize marijuana.

Flynn is one of a number of Democrats seeking to run this fall against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a two-term governor. Walker has not pardoned anyone since he took office in 2011, according to Fox 6.

Flynn leads all Dems in the race in cash on hand with $305,000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday. He has reportedly raised $351,000.

Walker raised $3.7 million in the second half of 2017 and had $4.2 million in cash, the Journal Sentinel reported.



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