August 21, 2015
Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418

Rep. Steineke Calls on Menominee Leaders to “Say No to Drugs”


Madison . . . Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna) today responded to a recent referendum of the Menominee Tribe that paves the way towards legalizing marijuana on the group’s reservation.

“While I am disappointed in the Menominee Tribe’s recent steps to legalize marijuana as a recreational drug, I’m more disappointed in the federal government for opening this can of worms,” said Steineke. “The potential outcome of a change like this poses serious challenges for law enforcement efforts in our communities.”

The vote, taken by members of the Menominee Tribe earlier this week, came as a result of a memo issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in December of 2014. In the memo, federal authorities were instructed to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana, even in states like Wisconsin where such practices are currently prohibited under law.

“By picking and choosing which groups need to abide by the law, President Obama’s Justice Department has created a confusing and difficult scenario for our law enforcement personnel,” said Steineke. “I would encourage the legislative leaders of the Menominee Tribe to use caution before voting to advance policy that has the potential to create this sort of confusion.”