Jay Selthofner is an independent candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly, district 41. Given the current economic and environmental crisis, Jay believes that we need to stimulate our economy and create new jobs by growing Hemp / Cannabis for all uses – Industrial, Medical, and Recreational. Marijuana is a far safer choice than alcohol, tobacco, or any other recreational drug. If this is a free country and we do indeed have civil liberties, then why aren’t we free to use this natural and safe plant the same way we do any other crop? You can die from drinking too much water, and most of our pharmeceutical medications have horrific side effects including possible death for many medications, and yet there have been ZERO deaths from marijuana, ever. Create new jobs in Wisconsin, help our farmers out by giving them a crop to grow in which the DNA is not already owned by the large seed corporations, and finally work towards justice and freedom for everyone. Many people don’t know that Wisconsin was one of the biggest growers of Industrial Hemp for our very own government during World War II during the Hemp for Victory awareness campaign put out by the US government. We still have many old Hemp factories in this state, as well as a lot of feral hemp growing wild that is left over from those times. Vote for Jay Selthofner, and let’s get growing! It’s the right thing to do for the environment, the economy, and our fellow Americans.
Don’t Hassle The “Thof”
You’ve never heard of the legendary Willie Nelson?
Have a seat and give your ear a quick educational listen.
Sadly not only are Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,
the Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground will never be the same.
When you understand the numerous uses of Cannabis Hemp
you’ll question our Government how our money is spent,
USA is the land of the free unto those who comprehend it
sadly it’s still the home of a crutched foreign oil dependent.
See Willie speaks his mind about the benefits of bio-diesel fuel
and Cannabis Hemp cause he’s certainly schooled being nobody’s fool,
look into the World’s history and you will also plainly read and see
how the USA was once a leader in the Hemp Cannabis industry.
With so many questions it’s getting clustered for answers to plainly be
if you need more clarification don’t just only cast your eyes at little me,
I recommend a website at your leisure for you all to look and easily see
you’ll find like-minded individuals at the “WisconsinTeaPotParty”.
Here you’ll find no altered Kool-Aid to ever forcefully drink
nor any need for a specialized filter or any water softener,
If you need a name of someone there to now speak directly with
then allow me to introduce you to my Brah NORML Jay Selthofner.
With Jay and Friends I’m not trying to brag or simply just build them up
but they get more accomplished before most drink their first coffee cup,
laboriously each Day they’re helping Wisconsin form a new positive plan
via phone calls, Internet and pulling politician’s heads out of the sand.
What’s that you say, as for me, what do I do?
Helping invisibly behind the scenes is what I simply choose.
Look for me I’ll be On The Road Again with Pancho And Lefty,
folding Pretty Paper with a Red Headed Stranger quietly beside me.
Randall Paul Prazuch
Copyright © 2011
To read more from NORML Randall here on the Northern WI NORML blog, click HERE.
To read more original poetry by Randall, please visit,
Medical marijuana bill reintroduced
Updated: Thursday, 01 Dec 2011, 11:17 AM CST
Published : Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011, 8:38 PM CST
Laura Smith, FOX 11 News
MADISON – Could medical marijuana be legalized in Wisconsin?
Proponents are trying once again to change the law.
Legislators who introduced a new bill Wednesday say it would allow seriously ill people access to marijuana to ease their pain.
“I’m certain at some point we will pass this in Wisconsin,” said State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison).
Pocan and State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) are introducing the latest proposal to legalize medical marijuana.
“We find there’s so much more support in this state than opposition and elected officials are simply behind public support on this,” said Pocan.
The measure would allow access to marijuana for patients with conditions like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS and HIV.
It also creates a maximum amount of marijuana a patient may receive.
Plus, the bill sets up a registry with the Department of Health Services.
“As far as a doctor goes, it should be a tool in their arsenal,” said Jay Selthofner, founder of Northern Wisconsin NORML (https://www.northernwinorml.org/). It’s a non-profit whose goal is to legalize marijuana in the state.
“As long as we can allow patients to use the medicine, allow caregivers to provide it in some way, shape or form, as long as we can take the patients off the battlefield on the war on drugs, I believe it’s a winning bill,” said Selthofner (http://www.jayselthofner.com/).
Medical marijuana opponents, including some drug addiction specialists, say there is no real advantage to having another drug available on the market.
“We have a lot of trouble with prescription drug abuse, we have a lot of trouble with alcohol, we have people who are addicted to marijuana and that seems to be as disruptive in people’s lives as any other drug,” said Thomas Fuchs, Director of LE Phillips Libertas Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls.
The bill was last attempted when Democrats controlled the Legislature in 2010, but it couldn’t find enough support then to pass. Now Republicans control both the Senate and the Assembly and it’s believed unlikely to win favor this time either.
“At this point I would be inclined to oppose it not that I think it would get to the floor, but I just think the idea has too many red flags surrounding it right now to be able to proceed,” said State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue).
Pocan admits he doubts the bill will pass, but feels it’s important to keep the discussion going.
Right now 16 states, plus Washington D.C., have legalized medical marijuana. That includes Michigan.
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.”
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.”
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Waushara Argus Newspaper, Inc. Wednesday September 8th 2010. www.wausharaargus.com
The article printed gave the headline Republican Candidates for Wisconsin Assembly District 41. On August 20th, 2010 I received the questions for this article and replied via email. The Democratic challenger, Scott Milheiser was not mentioned in the article and we are not sure why I was labeled as Republican. Perhaps all this talk about hemp and cannabis is even starting to sway rural print media, which could also benefit from industrial hemp as Selthofner’s campaign has pointed out.
Joan Ballweg went onto defeat fellow Republican and rural Markesan resident Nicholas Quade. Quade’s answers were also listed in the news article. The analysis of the primary numbers came early and Scott Mundro of the Berlin Journal Newspapers was the first to break the local story on September 16th . The story entitled Ballweg takes 41st District primary contained the following report, “While Quade will not be the Republican selection come November, with over a quarter of the GOP’s votes in Tuesday’s primary it can certainly be said that there is no unanimous favorite for the 41st District Assembly seat.”
The following are the answers to Candidate Questions provided by Jay Selthofner, Independent Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly District 41.
I am married for 10 years and the father of three. I managed a successful insurance and investment practice for almost a decade. By asking questions and listening to my potential clients, we identified areas of importance, set goals and systemically worked together to achieve these goals. By constant communication, continuing education and networking with clients who had specific areas of expertise, we efficiently solved problems everyday. The State Assembly position requires being the vital link back and forth between the district and legislation process. I have shown over the past year I have skills to organize, educate, engage, encourage and passion to bring the people back to politics. With an efficient line of communication, introducing legislation and voting based on the ‘will of the people’ will be the standard operating procedure.
1. Rather than promote, we first should look at areas where the state government actually prohibits or discourages economic progress. By examining areas of law that impede economic growth, we can ultimately save taxpayers and business dollars while promoting economic progress efficiently. Industry incentives usually means subsidized by taxpayer dollars, just as producing and retaining college graduates does. Legalization of marijuana, in particular industrial hemp, will require the state of Wisconsin to look hard at rules and laws that directly prohibit economic progress and ultimately affect the retention of college graduates in our state.
2. We first have to put Wisconsin on the map, separating the state from the rest of the country. High property taxes and high fees are not attractive on a state resume already behind in most sectors. My proposal would be to create a new economy and tax base to draw from all together. Legalization of industrial hemp, medical marijuana and recreational cannabis could provide the economic boost needed in a variety of sectors, regulations would impose fees that are not even in existence today, healthcare costs could be dramatically lowered, and an ongoing sales tax could be attached to the purchase of marijuana. To assure taxpayers directly benefit from this change, legislation directing the revenue and protecting the taxpayer will need to be included.
3. In my proposal to legalize marijuana, I would propose that the “tax” breakdown include several specifically funded, under funded, or taxpayer funded areas, including the public school system. With the projected revenue increases, we will need to re-examine school funding and revenue limits. In general, I see areas where we can allow schools to be more efficient, but we cannot afford to under fund our children’s education.
4. Higher education opportunities funded by the State should increase as our state prospers. Unfortunately, our state is not prospering. The legalization of marijuana will lead to increased revenues, which undoubtedly will change the Wisconsin tax landscape. In general, I believe we need to encourage our youth to pursue higher education.
5. Infrastructure and our road ways can make or break communities, especially in rural Wisconsin. I would support increasing our funding and efficiency for transportation sectors and roadways. This support needs to be funded. The marijuana tax revenue can be directed both locally and to the state. The State may specifically direct a percentage of their portion of this tax towards the transportation fund.
6. It is well known that the healthcare industry in general is flawed. By allowing medical marijuana, health care costs will go down. Providing an alternative to recreational drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and prescriptions could improve the general health of the state’s residents, thus lowering overall healthcare costs. Healthcare costs should also be examined in this equation. I firmly believe every employer with morals and money would provide as many benefits to their employees as possible, including healthcare coverage. Public or private sector funding of a flawed system is not sustainable.
The Independent Campaign of Jay Selthofner has been the buzz around Assembly District 41, the State of Wisconsin and United States. If you dig deep into the soil of marijuana reform, you will see both Republicans, Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives helping clear the smoke about marijuana reform and supporting not only Industrial Hemp, but Medical Marijuana.
Recreational marijuana addressed under decriminalization and legalization legislation, along with the concept to tax and regulate marijuana much like alcohol and tobacco is showing high public support. Candidates are addressing their individual cannabis agenda’s in a variety of different ways. Talking about hemp and cannabis with truth, honesty and compassion is the advice Selthofner gives.
Selthofner has been featured The Cannabis Agenda throughout his campaign and past interviews can are archived on the Selthofner Campaign Website and can be listened to at your cannabis convenience.
The Cannabis Agenda is your weekly source for cannabis news and informed discussion, covering topics from cannabis legalization and medical marijuana to market related information. Episode #34 “Just Say Now!” airs on October 17th and contains the 4th interview with the “Cannabis Candidate” and we hope you enjoy: The interview can be found at the following link: http://cannabisagenda.com/podcasts/2010/10/17/just-say-now