This Wednesday, December 7th from 5-8 p.m. there will be a very informative meeting at UW Oshkosh Reeve Union Hall discussing the Cannabis hemp plant. This will be a meeting of facts regarding the Cannabis plant and putting the fiction/lies told about it to the curb.
Its funny how we have all this talk about “green energy” but the lowly Hemp plant continues to be demonized and not utilized for what God intended us to use it for, mainly food, fiber, fuel and medicine! The only reason this plant has not been utilized for what it was given to us for is pure greed. Our forefathers have been rolling in their graves with the lies told about this wonderful plant for the past 85 years.
You want green energy? We have it! Clean burning fuel grown by our farmers. No need for the wars we have waged or the lands we polluted for the love of a fossil fuel. The Cannabis hemp plant is a gift from God, the healthy food and wonderful fiber this plant so abundantly produces is unreal! But the most important use of this plant is its medicine.
There is not another plant on earth that has more medicinal value then the Cannabis hemp plant. Big Pharmaceuticals are shaking in their boots with what will be discussed at this meeting. A non-toxic cure for many diseases.
Everyone needs to learn the truth. Hope to see you there.
Daniel R Henning
As printed in the Oshkosh Northwestern Newspaper.
Ravaged by Drug Prohibition
Chicago aldermen poise at the drug-war precipice ready to ban synthetic marijuana like banning something makes it go away, ignoring 40 years of bipartisan experience that demonstrates that banning drugs only accelerates the harm posed by drugs.
Kids and adults are using synthetic marijuana, because these same political leaders banned nature’s comparatively benign marijuana. Ban booze and you get killer-blinding bathtub gin. Ban marijuana and you get potpourri, fake marijuana, a man-made lab-made poison. Ban marijuana and you create a world overrun with marijuana.
The sad death of an Aurora young man caused by potpourri should have aldermen everywhere scrambling to reconsider the prohibition of pot that has served to introduce other substances much worse. But the easy political course is to outlaw the horrible substance that arrived on the scene in consequence of the last bad prohibition law, instead of righting the first mistaken legislative action.
A few Chicago city council stalwarts still refuse to recognize the first and most important rule that governs all illicit-substance drug policy. The rule: If it seems to be a good, common sense, intuitive solution – don’t do it.
Peculiar and counter-intuitive as it seems, all drug policy works in reverse.
Banning a drug is a boon to sales. Increasing penalties raises the price of the drug and increases its availability. Advertising against the use of a drug is advertising that increases drug use. Just saying “no” invites a “yes” to drug use. Burning tons of government-seized drugs has government doing for the drug cartels just what the cartels would have government do with seized drugs, destroy them so the only source of supply is again the illicit market controlled by the bad guys.
Is there still anyone out there who does not have a drug-dead relative, or an addicted relative, a bullet-riddled relative, an innocent crossfire-victim relative, an accidental-overdose relative, a drug-marginalized relative, a drug-convicted relative, a drug-war prohibition-endangered relative? The well-intended drug-war ban best serves Chicago gangs and international drug cartels, law-enforcement budgets and coffers, prison-builder wallets, and drug-testers, drug-counselors, drug-free workplace providers, and the armies of other good folk who placidly ride the drug-war gravy train at devastating cost to the public health, safety and welfare and government solvency.
Here is a simply test for good drug policy legislative action: Would Al Capone support this legislative measure? If so, the pols and public should line up solidly against it.
James E. Gierach
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc ) Board Member
Push to legalize medical marijuana
Supporters want bill voted on
Updated: Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010, 9:46 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010, 9:46 PM CDT
- Reporter: Lou Hillman
GREEN BAY – The push is on from supporters of medical marijuana to get the drug legalized this year. Those in favor are planning rallies all across the state on Saturday.
Jay Selthofner, the field director for Wisconsin NORML, said the idea is to raise awareness about the proposal. NORML stands for the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Wisconsin’s regular 2010 legislative session wraps up in the next few weeks. Selthofner and others say they want to see lawmakers vote on proposed medical marijuana legislation before then.
“Every day that bill is not passed, that we do not have this legislation, patients are in jeopardy,” said Selthofner.
Selthofner said he got involved after watching his cousin die in pain.
“We just knew that the cannabis would have helped with his pain management and would have definitely helped with his appetite and would have changed his life,” said Selthofner.
Many doctors agree that the drug stimulates appetite and reduces nausea.
Law enforcement officials, however, say they’re worried that legalizing medical marijuana will make the drug more accessible to everyone. The Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association said there are better options.
“It is our understanding that you can receive the same THC content from an inhaler or from pill form,” said Doug Pettit, with the Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association.
“We think there needs to be a lot more research done in this area,” he added.
Supporters of the bill are anxious to see it introduced in 2010, but Selthofner said one of the key details that still needs to be hammered out is how the marijuana would be distributed.
One of the ideas is to establish dispensaries where marijuana would be grown and sold. The current bill would also let patients grow their own plants.
“That’s kind of the big thing why the legislation is taking so long. They want to make sure that, not only do we combat any problems other states may have but possibly set a model or precedence for future states to build their program on,” said Selthofner.
Currently 14 states allow medical marijuana. Still, many are not so sure that it’s the right thing to do for Wisconsin.
Printed in the Ripon Commonwealth Press, Issue No. 26 on Thursday, July 1st, 2010.
The contest to represent Ripon residents and others who live in state Assembly District 41 looks to involve the candidacies of at least two individuals with farm-related interests.
The incumbent, Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, is a co-owner of Ballweg Implement, a John Deere dealership that she and husband Tom started in 1976.
Challenging Ballweg is Jay Selthofner, a Green Lake resident and Berlin High School graduate, who announced his candidacy as an independent last week.
Selthofner’s agricultural expertise centers are his. The position pervades most of his issues.
He argues that pot growers could help our state economically while reducing reliance on fossil fuels, comforting patients with medical marijuana and “provid(ing) a safer choice that alcohol.”
On that last argument Selthofner appears most vulnerable.
One could reasonably ask him: “What are you smoking?”
The last thing this country needs is another mind-altering drug injested for recreational purposes.
Even a smoky haze can’t mask the fact that America is enduring some of its more difficult days.
It continues to be fighting wars on two fronts.
Its economy is shaky, with unemployment high and talk of a possible “double-dip” recession.
The Gulf is facing an unparalleled environmental disaster.
Terrorists continue their attempts to kill Americans on a massive scale.
Its national debt is unsustainable yet no one appears motivated to make hard choices to avert the financial crisis that threatens America’s freedom and the futures of her children.
Meanwhile, leaders in Washington and Madison from different parties gaze at each other from opposite sides of a Grand Canyon of ideological differences, subordinating public interest to political one-upsmanship.
This is no time to get high or get drunk.
It’s time to get serious.
Selthofner argues that “we need to decriminalize marijuana for personal recreational use by responsible adults, in the interest of fairness, personal freedom and compassion.”
Note the contradiction in the sentence above; Responsible adults don’t smoke marijuana recreationally.
They’re too busy trying to earn a living, raise a family and serve as a role models for children they raise to believe that the world already offers more than enough behavioral diversions.
Some are beautiful: A walk in the woods, captivating a book, inspiring a piece of music, time spent with friends and family, opportunities to help others, hard work, appreciating a painting, exercise, worship, laughter.
Some are risky: Smoking, drinking, lying, cheating, drugging, driving and casual sex.
We don’t need more risky diversions.
The world is sufficiently dangerous, thank you.
But isn’t marijuana a victimless drug?
No. A substance that alters the mind certainly changes behavior – no minor the matter on the highways, at the workplace or event in the home, particularly with children.
But isn’t marijuana, as Selthofner contends, safer than alcohol?
Let’s say it is, even despite the gateway-drug argument – that is, if you enjoy getting high from a joint, how large a leap is it to then smoke hashish, eat mushrooms, drop acid, etc.?
Does the fact that product A is safer than product B mean that Product A should be permissible?
The logic is specious.
If Johnny throws stones, does it make sense to permit Janey to throw sticks, since they are less lethal?
That fact that it is legal to consume one substance, under regulated and controlled circumstances, doesn’t hold a society duty-bound to, by extension, open the gate to all other substances, even if they are deemed less potent.
But best reason to reject Selthofner’s campaign argument to legalize marijuana for recreational use is that such a suggestion is fiddling while Rome is burning.
Wisconsin faces real challenges – structural deficit, school financing, health-care affordability, mass transit – that require clear-headed thinking from leaders in Madison but also from their bosses, the constituents they represent.
The last thing Wisconsin residents need to do in the face of growing concerns is to escape by themselves in a cloud of marijuana smoke.
Is it too unreasonable to suggest that we owe it to ourselves, if not our children, to act in ways that are more, not less, mature, responsible and sober?
LAST WORD IS YOURS…….
Care to share your thoughts about how and under what circumstances marijuana should be legalized?
Email your thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit them via: www.RiponPress.com
Or address your letter to: Letters to the Editor, The Ripon Commonwealth Press, PO BOX 344, Ripon, WI 54971
TAKE THE POLL! TAKE THE POLL! TAKE THE POLL!
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STATE NEEDS TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Thank you Wisconsin legislators for introducing the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act that creates a list of conditions which doctors can recommend cannabis to be used by patients meeting these conditions.
Wisconsin law is modeled after Michigan, which is the 13th state to pass medical cannabis laws, and would allow patients or a caregiver to cultivate personal amounts of cannabis, as well as language to allow non-profit dispensaries to distribute a variety of cannabis medications to patients.
We all know someone who is affected tragically by cancer, or born with an illness such as MS ( multiple sclerosis ) or a loved one fighting a mental illness. It is about time a law is enacted to outline safe uses of cannabis for medical purposes and allow compassionate use of this safe and effective medication.
I would also like to thank the hundreds of area residents who recently signed support letters and contacted their legislators, without you it would not have got this far. One last push is needed, contact your representatives and committee members now, as they are debating this very issue as we read this. Go to www.immly.org or www.jrmma.org for more information and to find contact numbers and emails.
Newshawk: Is My Medicine Legal YET? www.immly.org
Pubdate: Fri, 15 Jan 2010
Source: Oshkosh Northwestern (WI)
Copyright: 2010 Gannett Co., Inc.
Author: Jay Selthofner
Today I had an opportunity to take part in a deferred adjudication agreement assessment that requires I attend weekly sessions for a dismissal of the case. When the interviewers questions turned to alcohol and drug abuse. I stated emphatically I do not use alcohol in any form, toxic drugs are not part of my life either. The interview continued on but then I was asked a question as to whether I take part in any non-profit organizations or beneficial charities for our community. I said I am NORML. I then explained the national organization for the reform of marijuana laws. I also advised her of my medical illnesses, I then informed her that I did not take any medications other than marijuana. I also let her know of anecdotal evidence showing that my symptoms are easily abated through the use of marijuana. She did list the use of marijuana under illegal drug activity…….sigh. This program as I understand it does perform drug testing for individuals who show signs of drug abuse failing a screening is grounds for them to drop me from the program and advise the judge as such.
Those not currently familiar with my living situation I live in low income housing for individuals and family’s with disabilities I was able to squeak in by making the argument that a criminal charge pending against me was just that pending as such I must fully comply with the Deferred Adjudication Agreement set before me if I should fail the program (even just a Urine Analysis) The charges with not be thrown out as offered and I will finally have my first criminal charge. Having that charge on my record would end the assistance I desperately need, without the assistance I would lose the 50/50 placement of my children I recently won and it would put me back out on the streets with no home. I could have lied to save my butt, keep my house, and stay right where I am. But one think rang loud in my head as stated by the T.H.C Tour, well actually it’s in the name… Truth. Honesty. Compassion. I was honest with the assessor I shared the truth about the substance that sustains me and the organization I am working hard to remain active in. I knew the risk but I hoped for a little compassion.
The assessment continued on when completed giving my statements and history. She told me about the programs meeting dates and times the number of sessions I have to complete before I get my certificate. I am not scheduled or required to provide a urine sample at this time.
You never know who’s going to use something against you in your life or just leave things alone and let you pass by without question. However being honest with yourself and those around you and being willing to suffer the consequences of the actions, even the ones you know are in fact improving your life…….. in this lone bloggers opinion. Should be completely NORML.