Twas the Night Before 420 Poem



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Happy 420

‘Twas the night before 4/ 20, when all through society
Not a pothead was stirring, no reason for anxiety;
The kush was all ground, and rolled with such care,
For others may come, and I must be prepared;
The stoners asleep all comfy on the couch,
No cause for alarm, they probably passed out;
And Mary with her kief box, and I with some papers,
Giggling like school children, inhaling THC vapors.
When from not far away there arose sound of bubbles
I stumbled from bed to see what caused the trouble,
Away in the shed I glimpsed smoke-filled light,
As if Cheech and Chong had been toking all night
I put my bong down, as worry turned to dismay
And I wondered if my glazed eyes had led me astray,
When, what to my curious nose should arrive
But, a scent o’ so potent, which words can’t describe,
With a haze through the garden, so skunky and thick
That I heard my nose, pleading, “please, don’t be a trick!”
More fragrant than juicy fruit, its odor did proclaim,
I had to appeal for a hit of that strain;
“Hey toker! And, smoker! And Bill and Ted!
And bumout! And, hippie! And stoner and pothead!
To the beanbag in the den! To the hotbox down the hall!
Let’s toke up! Toke up! Toke up one and all!’

 



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NORML Aaron Activist Actions are Arousing Awareness

Well it is “420 Eve” (4-19-2014) and this is NORML Aaron checking in with my latest blog post!

Today I will be sharing portions of a project that I did for one of my classes at the Technical College I presently attend. It is an informational speech, but I obviously won’t bore you with the whole “speech” part. My speech, however, is on information as to why it is “high time” that both hemp and cannabis be legalized for ALL reasons. During the actual presentation, I also will be sharing information on how to get involved in various ways.

Moreover, in this post, I primarily wanted to share some photos of the infographic I compiled to serve as a visual aid during my actual in-class presentation. I also will share some info in regards to this visual aid and what is on it, where I got it, so on and so forth. I used a lot of information found right here on the Northern Wisconsin NORML website, as well as multiple other sources. These sources will all be cited when I turn in the final copy so credit can be givenwhere credit is due!

1) Here’s an overall snapshot of the primary visual aid/poster that I put together for this project:

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Activism Awareness Poster

2) Here are two close-ups, Side 1 being in respect to hemp and Side 2 in respect to cannabis:

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Activism Awareness Poster Information

3) Now, for the info: In regards to hemp, I chose to focus heavily on the Founding Fathers of the United States and how they praised the miraculous crop. I also chose to share a lot of information in relation to the Hemp Seed, such as how it is a fruit (which a lot of people might not know) and also how it is the single most nutritionally beneficial food source in the ENTIRE WORLD. Additionally, I make note of HempCrete and how beneficial it is for the environment when implemented. Plus more, like how our Constitution was documented on hemp-based paper!

As for the cannabis portion of my speech, I will share information on the various methods that cannabis can be consumed, some of the effects on the body, the multitude of strains available and how they can affect people differently--both medicinally and recreationally, the endocannabinoid system, and also some of the new ground-breaking research that’s being put out as of late which shows how wonderful the herb truly is. Plus lots more….there is just so much to cover!

Then, to summarize this informational speech, I will make note of some different ways that people in the audience can get involved if they want to do so. I plan to share the Northern WI NORML website with them and I will also bring along some pamphlets. I will share the Wisconsin NORML web address, NORML.org, a bit of info on The Drug Policy Alliance, some info on Legalize Wisconsin (an active Facebook page that I currently help admin), Americans for Safe Access (which, from what I know about them based on the newsletters I receive from them via email, is an amazing organization), and maybe some more if time permits!

4) Notes about some of the images used on my poster:

-I will be sharing the fact that Northern WI NORML’s logo made it into the “High Times Pot 40”, which I found out about because of reading on www.northernwinorml.org. I have attached a photo from the site of it actually being in the magazine. I feel that this will help provide more credibility for N. WI NORML, which I am backing fully as the presenter of this speech.

-I will be sharing an image taken from the Legalize Wisconsin Facebook page, which shows some activists peacefully rallying at the capitol building in anticipation of the vote in Dane County this past April 1st.

-I clipped some images out of an old issue of High Times magazine that I had sitting around to put on the ‘Cannabis’ side of the poster.

-I put an image of Abe Lincoln containing a quote on my infographic, which I found right here at www.northernwinorml.org.

-I attached various logos to the poster, such as several different NORML logos, ASA’s logo, a Drug Policy Alliance image taken from the web, and a Legalize Wisconsin logo. Each of these has the group’s website address written by it so the audience can take note and access them later.

-Mostly everything else was taken from stock image sources and/or internet searches.

5) In summary, I cannot wait to give this informational speech! Which is a bit crazy, being that I’m definitely not a “speech giving kind of guy”. I hope to share as much information as to why it is “high time” that both hemp and cannabis be legalized for ALL reasons as possible. I also hope to be able to inspire some activism in the audience, and seek feedback in regards to the percentage of people watching/listening who either support or do not support these topic(s), and/or who want to get involved.

Also, I am looking forward to gauging the audience’s reactions and hearing what they have to say overall, while also hopefully being able to provide some insight to questions they may raise at the end. And finally, I will be supporting Northern Wisconsin NORML as I go through the speech-giving process to the fullest extent that I reasonably am able to. I’m proud to be part of such an awesome group!

Happy (early) 420 everyone! Have a wonderful holiday,and be safe!

~NORML Aaron~

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Public Meeting Thursday May 8th in Appleton

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Northern Wisconsin NORML

Northern Wisconsin NORML  is a regional chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and holds regular public monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30 until approximately 6:30pm in the Harmony Cafe located at 223 E College Ave, Appleton.  Check the calendar of events often for updates, items to bring to the meeting and to confirm agendas.  Our next meeting date is Thursday May 8th, 2014.

From 4:20pm to 5:30pm we enjoy fellowship as an informal group of supporters gathering together prior to our meeting. We meet at the Harmony Cafe in Appleton, which has desserts and beverages available for sale. At 5:30pm we begin our general meeting upstairs in the 3rd Floor conference room.  (Just keep on walking up the stairs until you see the NORML people!)

Signature Support Pages for the 2013-2014 Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Act are now available for print and distribution.  Please print them and collect signatures locally and return to any NORML Meeting. Membership is the key to being a strong chapter and we are currently looking for field directors in Northern counties of Wisconsin to work with the Treasurer and fundraising team on specific projects, please contact us at NorthernWiNORML@gmail.com if interested in assisting.

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04-10-2014 Meeting Agenda for Northern Wisconsin NORML

NorthernWINORML Easter Logo 300x258 04 10 2014 Meeting Agenda for Northern Wisconsin NORMLWe did not host a video this month.  Board members in attendance:  Jay, Linda and Danielle. Board Members Absent: Jessica and Jason.  In lieu of the Meeting Minutes, here is the Meeting Agenda as posted before the meeting.

March 2014 Treasurer’s Report: Beginning Bal $516.68, PayPal $316.36, Spreadshirt $9.71, Contributions $126.80, Expenses $87.43 (Plus postage paid by Rich for mailing shirt)

Field Activist Reports:

5 New Members, 3 through website, and 2 from Jay S

Website Analytics:  Visits 959, Unique Visitors 834, Pageviews 1714, Pages / Visit: 1.79, Avg. Visit Duration 1:49, % New Visits 83.52%

Steve purchased and donated a event tent! Thank you Steve!

Old Business:

Rich: Libertarian Party State Convention… April 12th? Neenah. Are we tabling? You speaking?

5th Annual Hemp History Week which will be held the week of June 2-8, 2014: http://hemphistoryweek.com/getinvolved.php
Rich and Gene to look at Wausau area, possible Library for this event.

Gene: Business Card Update?
New Business:

Elections in May 2014… So April we should have candidates announced.

Executive Director: is the spokesperson for the organization. The Director presides at all meetings, and promotes an effective liaison with other organizations, politicians, the media, the public, and the national office of NORML.

Assistant Director: serves as Acting Director when the Director is unable to do so, and assists the Director in his or her duties.

Secretary: keeps and safeguards both open and closed membership rosters, takes the minutes of meetings, and initiates all press releases. Where viable the Secretary is responsible for sending updates of the membership rosters, minutes from the meetings, newspaper clips, press releases, and periodic Movement Update Forms to the national office of NORML.

Treasurer: is responsible for accounting, banking and disbursement of funds. Accounting should include expense and income reports by category on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis.

Field Director: Special projects, fund raising, new member recruitment and to handle special duties and situations not covered above.

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March 29, 2014 Field Update from NORML Aaron

Long time, no blog. NORML Aaron here with an update…finally!! I have been incredibly preoccupied with various things lately while still trying to maintain somewhat of a social life and be productive too. It can be difficult at times, but I would not have it any other way. This is why I have not updated my Northern WI NORML blog in some time now. Anyways, an update from ‘In the Field’, by myself, is as follows:

1) Recently, Tommy Chong did a live show in Milwaukee and so I thought it might be a good idea to try and contact him. This being to see if he was willing to give Northern WI NORML, WI NORML, etc. a “shout out”; also, to see if he may be willing to briefly mention some of the pending legislation right here in Wisconsin to his audience. I did this in hopes that it might inspire some activism and/or encourage more folks to make it out to the polls.

While I was unsuccessful at getting a hold of one of the most famous marijuana activists of our time, at least in my opinion, it was “worth a shot” nonetheless. Maybe he will get back to me sometime in the future and we can figure something out? *fingers crossed LOL!*

An additional note: voter turnout on April, 1st is estimated to be at 12% this year (Source: http://www.wiscnews.com/news/local/article_be00fe55-adb5-549e-8b8e-05cb0bb9f708.html) so let’s get out, vote in some pro-legalization candidates, and prove them wrong!

2) A couple weeks ago I was made an admin on the Facebook page “Legalize Wisconsin”, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/LegalizeWisconsin

The page currently has over 8,000 followers and is working to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin—for both medicinal and recreational use—and hemp as well. I believe there are something like 12 admins right now on “Legalize Wisconsin”, and they all contribute their ideas, opinions, content, etc. publicly via the page. One can find a lot of great facts and information there, from a wide range of sources. Each contributor has a different opinion when it comes to most things, and I personally think it is a great page to check out!

Some of the other admins worked diligently at organizing a peaceful rally/protest at the Capitol Building on 3/29/2014 in anticipation of the vote in Dane County that is very swiftly approaching. I myself had planned to attend, but unfortunately I was not able to make it out. From some of the photos I have seen online, it looks like at least one of our own from Northern WI NORML did make it though which is fantastic! There also appeared to be a good amount of people in attendance as fans of the page, supporters of marijuana and/or hemp legalization, so on and so forth.

This is definitely a page to “Like” if you are a Facebook user. I recommend it.

At the moment, those are just a couple of updates from myself ‘In the Field’. I’m hoping to become a lot more involved in the coming weeks/months though, once my college work is no longer a major obstacle to be overcome and I can free up a bit more of my time. I plan to write more blog posts for the Northern WI NORML page very soon though, as I feel a little bad about not contributing as often as I think that I should be. I hope everyone reading doesn’t forget to vote in the upcoming Spring elections, and if you need more information in regards to them it can most likely be located here: http://www.gab.wi.gov/ or this link: http://www.wisconsinvote.org/

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Police will ask Appleton retailers to eradicate drug paraphernalia

APPLETON — Police will ask retailers throughout the city this spring to clear their shelves of any items that could be used to inhale, conceal or alter illegal drugs.

In a letter aimed at convenience stores, Appleton Police Chief Pete Helein will seek compliance with state and local paraphernalia laws that can be hazy, a draft distributed to city staff this month showed.

“This is an ongoing effort for three or four years to educate retailers on paraphernalia disguised as other items,” Helein said. “It’s a crime-prevention strategy and it sends a message to the community that we don’t want this in our stores.”

Helein said the effort isn’t aimed at writing tickets or closing shops, but to gain voluntary compliance and discontinue certain sales.

Retailers caught selling paraphernalia can be fined for breaking an existing city ordinance and, under a law passed in 2010, can lose points on beer and liquor licenses that could lead to revocation. Criminal charges carry higher fines and the potential of jail time.

As part of the new initiative being undertaken by police, Lt. Steve Elliott is showing retailers items that could be tied into drug use. He said some stores brazenly sell “kits” with glass pens on shelves next to steel wool, which can be used to smoke crack cocaine or methamphetamine.

“Some gas stations sell glass tubes with roses that are clearly used for crack pipes,” Elliott said. “We can develop probable cause for a crime if the business owner knows that the item is going to be used for illegal substances.”

Though specialty smoke shops aren’t the target of the spring reminder letter, Elliott said they should also take heed of the police warning.

Elliott said shops can sell glass pipes, bongs, grinders and “one hitters” through what he considers a legal loophole, but are on the edge of selling drug paraphernalia if police can prove intent to use illegal substances.

“I think it’s horribly irresponsible for Marley’s and other head shops to contribute to the drug problem in our society,” Elliott said. “If you’re concerned about our community, you would never dream about selling this stuff.”

Shop owners, advocates defend sales

For Andy Thornell, owner of Marley’s Smoke Shop, 614 W. College Ave., the law clearly carves a niche for tobacco products, and said once it leaves his door he can’t be held responsible for individual actions.

“We have signs posted all over that make it clear any mention of illegal substances won’t be tolerated,” Thornell said. “You have to be 18 to buy tobacco products so you have to be 18 to enter our store.”

Thornell said his locally blown glass products fill a demand, but vendors routinely pitch items that could get him into trouble.

He said herbal incense, or synthetic marijuana products are sold for huge margins at other shops, but are not allowed at Marley’s. The same goes for the glass stem pipes or “rosebuds” that have the Appleton police concerned.

The eradication approach isn’t new to Wisconsin, said Jay Selthofner, a pro-marijuana advocate with the Northern Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Wisconsin Dells developed a “zero-tolerance” policy with head shops selling pipes and other items in 2011, but the tactic only pushes sales across city boundaries, Selthofner said.

“I think some police officers themselves are sympathetic to the fact that the war on drugs isn’t working, especially with marijuana,” Selthofner said. “Maybe a better approach than a crackdown would be to partner with these headshops to distribute educational information about drug and substance abuse.”

Enforcement tricky

In determining what is and isn’t drug paraphernalia, police and courts consider a number of circumstances. Those include statements by the owner, proximity to a controlled substance, residue of a controlled substance, direct or circumstantial evidence of the intent of the owner, instructions concerning its use, and the existence and scope of the legitimate uses for the object in the community.

Though there are gray areas,possession or sale of items that could be primarily intended to inhale drugs is illegal, said Kirk Everson, a Fond du Lac criminal defense attorney who specializes in marijuana cases.

He said the state’s marijuana possession laws are harsh because a second offense carries a felony charge and a maximum of more than three years in jail. That’s why he said it’s routine for clients to plead the charges down to possession of drug paraphernalia, which usually carries a fine or maximum of 30 days in jail.

“I think we should focus on the real drug problems. I don’t think anyone wants crack or heroin in our towns, and we’re united on that,” Everson said. “But the country and state is split on marijuana and a growing group is in favor of legalization. I actually think police can work with the pro-marijuana people on this.”

When Helein’s letter was first presented to the Safety and Licensing Committee, Alderwoman Sarah Garb expressed concerns about the effort, given the confusion about specific items.

“The letter sounds threatening: you have this stuff, it’s illegal and we’re asking you to get it out of there,” Garb said. “But it heightens my concern about the incentive to get rid of things that aren’t illegal on their face but only in context ... To me, this says ‘get this out of your store or else.’ That seems like it works in a perverse way to get people to comply.”

— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or npenzenstadler@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @npenzenstadler

Source: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20140320/APC0101/303200442/Police-will-ask-Appleton-retailers-eradicate-drug-paraphernalia

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March 20, 2014 update from ‘in the field’, by NORML Aaron:

I saw that Tommy Chong will be in Milwaukee tonight so I made an attempt at reaching out to him. I realize that this is a bit of a long shot being that he is such a famous individual, but figured that it would be worth trying nonetheless. *fingers crossed*

Here is a copy of what I sent him:

"Hello, Mr. Chong! First off, you are one of my idols. Thank you for doing what you do; and, simply put, thanks for being incredibly awesome! Anyways, I am a field activist currently helping out Northern Wisconsin NORML (www.northernwinorml.org) and I happened to notice that you are going to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tonight. While I live far from Milwaukee and (unfortunately) won't be able to make it, I was wondering if you would be so kind and willing as to give Wisconsin NORML a shoutout? Maybe it would help to inspire a few activists in the audience. icon smile March 20, 2014 update from in the field, by NORML Aaron: Also, I was going to ask if you might be willing to let your crowd there know about some pending legislation here in Wisconsin right now. (I can provide more info if you are willing to do this). I understand that you are a very busy man who is most likely on a strict time schedule, but this would mean A LOT to me and I am sure other people as well! It could, and would, help to inspire and create change here in my home state, which would be priceless, as far as I am concerned. If you are unable to though, I understand. I hope this attempt to reach out to you is a success. Regardless, you are the man!

~NORML Aaron~

Link to my blog: http://www.northernwinorml.org/2014/01/19/meet-norml-aaron/"

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03-13-2014 Meeting Minutes for Northern Wisconsin NORML

NorthernWINORML St Patricks Day Logo 300x258 03 13 2014 Meeting Minutes for Northern Wisconsin NORMLThis was an informal meeting, and we did not host a video this month. Board members present: Nox, Jessie. We did not have a quorum and led an informal discussion with Rich, Gene, and the few other members who attended.

Feb 2014 Treasurer’s Report:
Beginning Bal $845, PayPal $272.41, Spreadshirt $9.71, Contributions $150.05, Expenses $334.34

2 New Members and 4 Renewing Members

Old Business:

Rich: Libertarin Party State Convention… April 12th? Neenah. Are we tabling? You speaking?

5th Annual Hemp History Week which will be held the week of June 2-8, 2014: http://hemphistoryweek.com/getinvolved.php
Rich and Gene to look at Wausau area, possible Library for this event.

Gene: Business Card Update?

New Business:

Slightly Stoopid concert March 15th, Rich Martin to update

Cheech and Chong March 20th - Jessica found and forwarded to us.

Elections in May 2014… So March we should have candidates announced and April if more than one candidate allow them to speak before the group and then elections at May Meeting.

AB 480/SB363, The Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA), introduced in Oct. 2013 by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). The bill total to 19 sponsors and cosponsors.

A bipartisan bill to legalize hemp cultivation in Wisconsin, AB638, was sponsored by Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink (D-Milladore). Cosponsors include Reps. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), Nick Milroy (D-Superior), Janet Bewley(D-Ashland), Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Brett Hulsey (D-Madison), Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), Mandy Wright (D-Wausau), Robb Kahl (D-Monona), Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) and Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point). Senate cosponsors are Senators Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center). AB638 was assigned to the Committee on Consumer Protection, which is chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R- Fond du Lac).

AB726, a very narrowly focused medical cannabis bill that would change state law to allow children with seizure disorders to access CBD (cannabidiol) hemp oil that is THC-free under the care of their physicians. AB726 is sponsored by Reps. Scott Krug (R- Nekoosa) and Robb Kahl (D-Monona) and cosponsored by the aforementioned Reps. Sargent, Bies and Thiesfeldt along with Reps. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville), David Craig (R-Big Bend), Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee), Terese Berceau (D-Madison), Janice Ringhand (D-Evansville), Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee), Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha), Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) and Chris Taylor (D-Madison).

RECREATIONAL/LEGALIZATION BILL: Rep. Sargent, the lead sponsor of LRB 3671, there were a total of six cosponsors, Reps. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo), Terese Berceau (D-Madison), Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha), Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) and Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) along with Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee).

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02-13-2014 Meeting Minutes for Northern Wisconsin NORML

Northern WI NORML Heart Logo 300x258 02 13 2014 Meeting Minutes for Northern Wisconsin NORML

Meeting was called to Order at 5:30pm. We decided to stay downstairs since it was empty, and a small group. Due to this, we did not host a video this month.

Roll Call for Board of Directors: Danielle, Jason, Jay, Jessica, Linda.

Public Comments: (Comments due not need to be addressed at this meeting, but notes taken and addressed at next meeting)

January 2014 Treasurer’s Report: Beginning Bal $645.31, PayPal $142.65, Spreadshirt $9.71, Contributions $262.60,, $1.26 expenses.

Field Activist Reports from the Field:

Jay recruited 3 new members and $250+ of the donations, meet with and/or spoke to potential Field Activists. If this part of our organization is going to exist and function, this might be a great time provide information about it and reports from the field.

Old Business:

Can we send at least one representative to attend and report back to the group on what is going on at other NORML meetings in Wisconsin? Or would someone want to contact each chapter/areas of leadership prior to our public meeting to make sure if those orgs (ASA)/chapters have an event upcoming, need help or have information to share that it reaches us? Jason/Rich did update:
and should this be something we do.

Memberships? Did our board members recruit two new members for January? Is this something we want to do?

New Business:

Elections in May 2014… So March we should have candidates announced and April if more than one candidate allow them to speak before the group and then elections at May Meeting.

5th Annual Hemp History Week which will be held the week of June 2-8, 2014: http://hemphistoryweek.com/getinvolved.php

AB 480/SB363, The Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA), introduced in Oct. 2013 by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). The bill total to 19 sponsors and cosponsors.

A bipartisan bill to legalize hemp cultivation in Wisconsin, AB638, was sponsored by Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink (D-Milladore). Cosponsors include Reps. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), Nick Milroy (D-Superior), Janet Bewley(D-Ashland), Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Brett Hulsey (D-Madison), Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), Mandy Wright (D-Wausau), Robb Kahl (D-Monona), Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) and Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point). Senate cosponsors are Senators Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center). AB638 was assigned to the Committee on Consumer Protection, which is chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R- Fond du Lac).

AB726, a very narrowly focused medical cannabis bill that would change state law to allow children with seizure disorders to access CBD (cannabidiol) hemp oil that is THC-free under the care of their physicians. AB726 is sponsored by Reps. Scott Krug (R- Nekoosa) and Robb Kahl (D-Monona) and cosponsored by the aforementioned Reps. Sargent, Bies and Thiesfeldt along with Reps. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville), David Craig (R-Big Bend), Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee), Terese Berceau (D-Madison), Janice Ringhand (D-Evansville), Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee), Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha), Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) and Chris Taylor (D-Madison).

RECREATIONAL/LEGALIZATION BILL: Rep. Sargent, the lead sponsor of LRB 3671, there were a total of six cosponsors, Reps. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo), Terese Berceau (D-Madison), Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha), Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) and Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) along with Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee).
Other Ideas:

Wisconsin NORML: If you have time, funding, energy, skills and/or anything to contribute to the growth of the state chapter of NORML, please contact Wisconsin NORML at normlnate@gmail.com and cc: northernwinorml@gmail.com please and thank you. If anyone is serious about helping make Wisconsin NORML a registered non-profit or other entity, that is and has been a discussion of topic for sometime now. We also have been discussing having two board members from each chapter sit on a steering committee for Wisconsin NORML to help make this happen. If anyone wants more background information, emails and notes and to take the lead on the project, see Jay.

Check calendar of events often and support when and where you can! Statewide events are listed: http://www.northernwinorml.org/calendar/

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Public Meeting Thursday February 13th in Appleton

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Northern Wisconsin NORML

Northern Wisconsin NORML  is a regional chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and holds regular public monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30 until approximately 6:30pm in the Harmony Cafe located at 223 E College Ave, Appleton.  Check the calendar of events often for updates, items to bring to the meeting and to confirm agendas.  Our next meeting date is Thursday February 13th, 2014.

From 4:20pm to 5:30pm we enjoy fellowship as an informal group of supporters gathering together prior to our meeting. We meet at the Harmony Cafe in Appleton, which has desserts and beverages available for sale. At 5:30pm we begin our general meeting upstairs in the 3rd Floor conference room.  (Just keep on walking up the stairs until you see the NORML people!)

Signature Support Pages for the 2013-2014 Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Act are now available for print and distribution.  Please print them and collect signatures locally and return to any NORML Meeting. Membership is the key to being a strong chapter and we are currently looking for field directors in Northern counties of Wisconsin to work with the Treasurer and fundraising team on specific projects, please contact us at NorthernWiNORML@gmail.com if interested in assisting.

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Meetings are open to the general public and you need not a be a member to attend.

Meetings will be archived and available for viewing on the Northern Wisconsin NORML YouTube Channel.

NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ON CAMERA UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE, ONLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MODERATING THE MEETING ARE VIDEO RECORDED.

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Broke into the High Times “Pot 40″

After years of submitting entries to High Times Magazine I finally got an entry into the "Pot 40". Our logo for Northern Wisconsin NORML is #20 in the new February 2014 issue!!!

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February 2014 High Times Pot 40

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