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07-19-2011 Meeting Minutes for Northern Wisconsin NORML

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This is one segment of 12 that I (Jessie) shot on 7-19-11 at the Appleton Library. See our Northern Wisconsin NORML youtube channel for more videos!

At an outreach meeting on July 19, 2011, Northern Wisconsin NORML (http://www.northernwinorml.org/wordpress/) Founder Jay Selthofner (http://www.jayselthofner.com/) addressed a large group of supporters that crowded into the Appleton Public Library.

Selthofner reminded the group of the existence of State and Regional Chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws found throughout Wisconsin. Also noted was the importance of the historic Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival (http://madisonhempfest.com/) held in Madison each October, which everyone is encouraged to attend.

Active membership is critical with any organization and Jay explains the different membership levels when joining Northern Wiscnosin NORML. As field directors work to find local support, membership is always on the mind and forms are just a click away. (http://northernwinorml.org/Join.html)

Additionally, Jay explains the different signature pages used to support the current federal legislation and how activists will use them during their lobbying efforts with elected officials. Just as joining a chapter can be more than a donation with the membership form, Selthofner reminds supporters that more can be done than signing the form. He urges supporters to locate who represents them (http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx) and memorize them, contact them and help serve as the educator in the process of democracy.

For More Information, visit the following websites:

Northern Wisconsin NORML (http://www.northernwinorml.org/)
Madison Wisconsin NORML (http://www.madisonnorml.org/)
Southeastern Wisconsin NORML (http://www.sewisconsinnorml.org/)
Wisconsin NORML (http://www.winorml.org/)
Friends of Jay Selthofner (http://www.jayselthofner.com/)

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Video by Jessica Struzik(http://www.jessicastruzik.com), Secretary and Webmaster of Northern Wisconsin NORML (http://www.northernwinorml.org/)
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Jessica is the co-founder of Northern Wisconsin NORML, has sat on the board since the creation of the chapter, and is the current Secretary (May 2010 through present). She created and maintains the Northern Wisconsin NORML website. She is also the owner of Green Web Design & Internet Consulting Services.

I believe that legalizing cannabis and hemp is a matter of fairness in the free market - it is a legitimate product which consumers want to buy, and is far safer and less addictive than sugar, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, prescription painkillers, artificial tanning, gambling, sex, and many other legal "highs". I also believe that decriminalizing cannabis and hemp for all uses is a matter of personal freedom, as well as states rights. How can we call ourselves the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave", if we won't bravely allow everyone to be free? The majority of cannabis users are peaceful people who are not hurting anyone, not even themselves. The real damage occurs when we kick in their doors, shoot their dogs, put their children in foster care, take away all of their money and possessions, incarcerate them (removing them from the workforce) and stigmatize them so that they are unable to obtain a decent wage in the future. We waste valuable taxpayer dollars incarcerating people and destroying their lives, families, and as a consequence of this, we destroy peoples' health in the process. We do this to "protect" people from themselves? Personal freedom is important to me. Not wasting our taxpayer dollars is also important to me.

Cannabis (or, if you insist on using outdated slang, "marijuana") is medicine. Hemp is a fiber, a food, a fuel, and more! There are even those who use it as a religious sacrament. There are many reasons these important plants should be legalized and utilized. Cannabis and Hemp have been valuable to our society in the past, and can be again.

Join us and BE the change you want to see in the world. Help make a difference and educate the public and our lawmakers so that we can change un-just laws which hurt not only peaceful US citizens, but our entire society as well.

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