As printed in the Berlin Journal Newspapers on Thursday, September 16th, 2010. Number 37.
Come on lucky number seven! National news with a mention of Wisconsin, a great payoff for the hard work activists have been doing in the state. After being reported in December as number seven on the worst states to retire, we needed some good news.
Here is TopRetirement’s list of the bottom of the barrel:
7. Wisconsin: A high tax state (9th highest tax burden) with cold weather. High property taxes. But it does not tax military pensions.
Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy reported in The Huffington Post his Top Ten Marijuana Victories in 2010. He did a great job of a re-cap of the movement and provided some insight into his evaluation process.
In trying to make this list manageable, I haven’t listed (1) developments in clinical research; (2) developments in foreign countries; (3) the passage or defeat of local measures to tax medical marijuana, since these measures can be viewed as either good or bad; and (4) the progress that the Marijuana Policy Project made with moving our bills forward in the Delaware, Illinois, and other state legislatures where we haven’t yet achieved the ultimate victories we seek.
In the interest of full disclosure, MPP played a significant role in five of the 10 victories below, assisted in an ancillary way in four, and played no role at all in one (the court cases).
7. LOCAL INITIATIVE VICTORIES IN FOUR STATES: In Massachusetts, voters in nine legislative districts passed initiatives recommending that medical marijuana be legalized on the state level; in another nine legislative districts, Massachusetts voters recommended that marijuana be legalized entirely. In Wisconsin, voters in two local jurisdictions urged their state legislature to legalize medical marijuana. In California, voters in two cities blocked dispensaries from being banned. And in Colorado, voters in 8 cities and counties voted to allow dispensaries (this overt support is significant, even though voters in another 34 Colorado municipalities decided to ban dispensaries).
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With some additional good news to start of 2011, the activists and supporters from throughout South East Wisconsin meet yesterday in Milwaukee to explore forming an chapter of NORML to serve Wisconsin in additional to Madison, Wisconsin and Northern Wisconsin NORML chapters. Facebook fans and attendees reported:
An outstanding group of diverse people got together for an insightful and promising 1st meeting in Milwaukee tonight of Southeastern Wisconsin NORML. The first meeting commanded the attention of about 45 attendees, and several others who sent messages of interest, but were unable to attend tonight. Thank you to all who came out to make it full of ideas, insight and inspiration.
There is ato join and stay in touch as they group moves toward a formal organization. It would be great to see the grassroots movement in Wisconsin continue to grow throughout the 2011. Get active today! If not us, who? If not know, when?
Congressman Tom Petri announces Town Hall Meetings set for April 2012
Town Meetings provide opportunities to discuss national issues in a group setting. The latest round of Town Meetings will take place from April 2 through April 12 at Twelve locations throughout central Wisconsin. Please come and express your opinion!
MONDAY, APRIL 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. NEENAH
City Hall, 211 Walnut St.
City Council Chambers
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. WAUTOMA
Public Library, 410 West Main St.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PRINCETON
City Council Chambers
431 West Main St.
(Back of Fire Station)
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. RIPON
Public Library, 120 Jefferson St.
Silver Creek Room
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. OMRO
City Hall, 205 South Webster Ave.
MONDAY, APRIL 9
11:00 -12:00 Noon BRILLION
Public Library, 326 North Main St.Lower Level Meeting Room
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. MANITOWOC
City Hall, 900 Quay Street
City Council Chambers
TUESDAY, APRIL 10
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. PLYMOUTH
Generations Intergenerational Center
1500 Douglas Drive
Masters Gallery Room
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. FRIENDSHIP
Village Hall, 507 West Lake St.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ENDEAVOR
Community Center, 400 Church St.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. WATERTOWN
Senior & Community Center
514 South First St., Conley Hall
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. MAYVILLE
City Hall, 15 South School St.
City Council Chambers
Clickfor full details of the town meeting schedule. Visit for more information about this elected official.
Tom Petri on Drugs: Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC.
Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a “hard-on-drugs” stance.
Petri scores -20 by the NORML on drug reform
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 NORML scores as follows:
- -30 to -10: “hard-on-drugs” stance (approx. 228 members)
- -9 to +9: mixed record on drug reform (approx. 37 members)
- +10 to +30: pro-drug-reform stance (approx. 109 members)
Recently the Madison NORML Examiner Gary Storck reminded folks of the the change in date for the Madison Version of the. Originally the march was scheduled for May 7th and corresponding with the global movement and marches spurred and helped by organizer Dana Beal. Dana Beal
On two side notes, Dana Beal is in Wisconsin and looks to be here for the marches, but not way we had hoped. Dana Beal is still in a Wisconsin jail cell, Iowa County Jail to be specific as being reported on the Facebook page Free Dana Beal Free Ourselves. For those who do not know, New York pot activist Dana Beal was arrested on Jan. 6 with 186 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Barneveld, Wisconsin. He and driver Lance Ramer of Omaha, Nebraska are currently be held on $50,000 bond each in the Iowa County Jail (1205 N. Bedette St., Dodgeville, WI 53533).Hemp History Week 2011
The second point worth noting is that many marches throughout the United States will occur during Hemp History Week 2011. Organizers of Hemp History Week urge advocates not to confuse marijuana and hemp, as they are promoting the benefits of the industrial uses of the hemp cannabis plant for food, fuel and fiber products. Hemp History Week seeks to celebrate America’s rich history with industrial hemp and generate strong support for the re-legalization of hemp farming.The second annual event is to be held May 2nd – 8th, 2011.
The Madison Marijuana March has been incorporated into their community and the Mifflin Street Party and this year is no different. Here is what the Facebook Event Page has to say:
Please note date change! This is the official page for the 2011 Global Cannabis Freedom March – Madison, on April 30, 2011, presented by Madison NORML, Madison’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Madison’s version of the Global Cannabis March starts on Sat. April 30, 2011 around 11:00-11:30 am as activists gather at the State Capitol. The gathering spot at the Capitol will be posted as soon as a location has been confirmed. We will rally there as the Farmer’s Market winds down and around 1pm march down State St. and beyond to the Mifflin St. Block Party, where the march concludes. We had a great time the last two years and hope it will be thrice as nice in 2011! Bring signs, banners, etc.
In other areas of Wisconsin marches and events for the week and May 7th date are taking hold. Most noticeable at this time are the Worldwide Marijuana March in Milwaukee planned by Southeast Wisconsin NORML. The Northern Wisconsin chapter has a and are planning to incorporate a letter to the editor campaign and a visit to a historic hemp mill in our area during the 2011 Hemp History Week. Hemp based goods are planned to be at our May 3rd meeting as well as our Free 4/20 Concert in the Park upcoming on April 20th.
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Saturday March 10th from 9am-3pm!
Oshkosh Convention Center
2 North Main St
Oshkosh, WI 54901
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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will be holding its 40th annual national conference April 21 through April 23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado – one of America’s most ‘pot-friendly’ cities. Please mark your calendars now to attend this important event.
Early bird conference registration is now available online, along with a preliminary conference agenda. Some of the confirmed speakers are legendary marijuana researcher Dr. Lester Grinspoon, U.S. Congressman Jared Polis, NORML Founder Keith Stroup and NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano.
Panel discussions at this year’s conference, which celebrates the 40-year-anniversary of NORML’s founding, will include:
- Pot-n-Politics: 2011-2012 Marijuana Initiatives;
- Cannabis Commerce: Coming of Age;
- NORML Women’s Alliance: Closing The Cannabis Gender Gap;
- Medibles: Cannabis & Cooking;
- Marijuana and Safety: Real Myths, Real Concerns
Sponsorships and Vending Opportunities
If you want to be a conference sponsor, have a vending table or advertise in the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Passes Available
Please contact NORML’s media department for a media pass for NORML 2011 in Denver. Media passes are only for credentialed, working members of the press.
“We have chosen to hold NORML’s annual conference in Denver this spring to recognize the prominent role that Colorado is now playing in the movement to end marijuana prohibition and legalize the responsible use of marijuana in America, both for medical reasons and for general use,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. “Colorado has become the center of America’s legalization fight, and we want to both encourage that movement and learn how we might more effectively export that fight to other states.”
See WeedMaps for surrounding dispensaries to the host hotel of the NORML conference.
NORML invites the public to join hundreds of likeminded marijuana law reformers at the nation’s only annual conference dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rich Martin, Executive Director Northern Wisconsin NORML
920-931-4207 or email at Rich@NorthernWiNORML.org
Printable: Press Release PDF
Marijuana Reform to be topic at Wisconsin / Minnesota Joint State Libertarian Convention
Northern Wisconsin NORML and Minnesota NORML are working together to bring hemp cannabis awareness to the Minnesota / Wisconsin State Libertarian Convention to be held on April 14th in Eau Claire. Spearhead by local activist Jay Selthofner, the two organizations will be conducting “joint tabling efforts” during the WI/MN joint state convention.
This will be an “open media day”. All who attend will be free to record the proceedings and speakers, and post them online as they wish. (An exception will be the morning business sessions, which will be at the presiding state Chair’s discretion.)
It’s an unprecedented opportunity for Minnesotans and Wisconsinites to meet a knockout lineup of Libertarian speakers. They will include Wisconsinites Ken Van Doren (Ron Paul Campaign), Max Kane (Farm Activist) and local citizen activist Jay Selthofner (NORML) as issue based speakers.
The convention will feature Governor Gary Johnson, a front-runner for the Libertarian presidential nomination, and keynote speakers Walter Block and Sharon Harris.
This Joint State Convention with Wisconsin and Minnesota Libertarians will be on Saturday April 14th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The public is welcome. For more information and complete schedule of the convention, please visit www.lpwi.org.