Looks like the 41st Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Festival is set to be in high gear this year. Recently announced was the ‘first ever’ Harvest Fest Fashion Show, which will occur during the Saturday, October 1st portion of Harvest Fest. Stay tuned for more details, check the quick schedule of events for Harvest Fest on our blog and also visit www.MadisonHempFest.com for more information on the 41st Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Festival.
Mark your calendar for this Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 for the 3rd Annual Big Green Sustainable Music Festival (http://thebiggreenfest.com/), which will be held from Noon – 10pm at the Kimberly Amphitheater in Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.
NORML Rich will be there representing Northern Wisconsin NORML. Stop by and say hi! This is the 2nd year that we will have a table at the music festival.
The festival features live music, local food and marketplace, handcrafted beers, speakers and exhibits.
This near zero waste public festival raises awareness of sustainability, encourages community involvement, supports diversity, and enhances our creative culture.
Proceeds from the event benefit Sustainable Fox Valley, a non-profit 501c(3), to further its goals for the Fox Valley Region of Wisconsin:
- Resilient and self-reliant local economies
- Opportunities for all to thrive in their community
- A healthy natural environment
- Natty Nation
- PurgAtory Hill
- Galynne Goodwill
- Tall Timbers
- Appleton Rock School
Numerous volunteers from last year’s event returned to help spread the message that healthy, fun, thriving — sustainable — communities start with us. Our heartfelt thanks for their inspiring accomplishments in 2013:
- More than 800 people attended
- Only slightly more than half an ounce of waste per attendee went to the landfill
- A great time was had by all
I used the YouTube feature that lets you see which of your facebook friends are also on youtube so you can subscribe to them. It’s kind of cool. While I was looking through my friends’ accounts, I came across Alex Toast’s Marijuana Song, and I got a kick out of it. Well done, Alex!
For your listening pleasure:
This past week I paid a visit to the State of Colorado to check out their booming cannabis industry. I wanted to see for myself how they operate and if that model could work in a place like Wisconsin.
Upon arriving in Colorado, the first question I asked was “where can I find a dispensary?” I was surprised by how freely people responded to that question. Everyone I asked about cannabis responded with absolute enthusiasm. I was truly in a place where people like us are not looked down upon and it was refreshing to say the least.
As I traveled around I noticed a lot of different dispensaries. Some were medical only, some were recreational only and others were a combination of both. Certain cities allowed only medical dispensaries while others allowed both types. Even in Colorado there appears to be cities and towns that do not fully embrace the cannabis industry, whether its legal statewide or not. I did not however come across any places where cannabis was prohibited all together. Regardless of what types of cannabis were sold in each locality, possession laws remained untouched. You could still possess recreational cannabis in a place allowing only the sale of medical. That seemed to be the only constant from location to location.
At the dispensaries I visited the security was tight and there were protocols that must be followed. When you first walk in the door you enter into a small waiting room where security is located. These rooms are completely empty with the exception of a few pieces of furniture and some decoration. You must show your ID which is scanned to make sure it is valid and not a forgery. Once that is complete you are asked to wait until a bud tender becomes available. When a bud tender becomes available they call you into the actual dispensary, where they once again look at your ID and match it with the one presented during your security check. Once that is complete you can begin your shopping.
Bud tenders were very helpful, especially to those who are visiting from out of state. They give you the complete rundown on how everything works and what you may or may not legally do. The laws states that you can purchase one ounce per transaction. However most dispensaries limit you to one ounce per day. The only product that actual weight applies to is flower. In Colorado 8 grams of concentrates or edibles containing 800mg equal the THC content of one ounce of flower and is maximum of those products you can purchase in a single day. You may mix and match products as long as the weight or THC equivalent equals an ounce or less. However possession laws are based solely on weight and not THC equivalence. Possession limits are one ounce per adult 21 and over.
All of the dispensaries were run professionally. They were clean and well managed. They were very comfortable and enjoyable to spend time in. They aren’t anything like some of the nay sayers might assume. Definitely nothing like our legislature assumes they would be. They were located in decent areas. They were safe and there is no way a minor is getting beyond the front door. The businesses were law abiding and so were the customers. There was nothing seedy or unsightly about dispensaries. They were in no way a negative presence in the business landscape.
The biggest problem that I had encountered was pretty much exclusive to visitors. Where can you consume the products you’ve just purchased? That is where Colorado really fell flat in the whole experience. You cannot consume in public. If you don’t know anyone who lives there where does that leave you? I asked around and no one could give me any good advice. Most hotels forbid smoking or vaping of any kind so you that would limit you to edibles. There are a handful of smoking lounges and private smoking clubs operating under a newly created law but because the territory is rather unexplored, the police mess with them quite often and therefore not a place to be while you are on vacation. This is the one shining problem with the entire process. Something we need to be aware of when legality happens in Wisconsin.
I do believe a similar industry could thrive here in Wisconsin. I don’t believe it would negatively affect any local businesses regardless of their services or products. The amount of jobs legalization can create is staggering. Combined with the amount of money these businesses generate legalization would be a definite boon to our economy. One Colorado medical dispensary owner had told me that he believed recreational sales at dispensaries located in touristy areas were in the ballpark of $90,000 per week. Can you imagine how much money a single recreational dispensary located in Wisconsin Dells could generate in a season? There is already a lot of money moving around Wisconsin because of cannabis. This would take this money and bring it out in the open where it will benefit everyone. I don’t see a downside. I can’t understand why our legislature is fighting so hard to keep something so positive away from its constituents.
WHAT: Baked Sale “Pie By The Slice”
WHERE: From The Land Festival in Green Lake, Wisconsin
WHEN: Sat Oct 19 (10-4) and Sun 20 (10-3)
WHO: Open To Public
Northern Wisconsin NORML is having the annual “Baked Sale”. The chapter hosts an annual fund raiser in which the focus is also on our parent organization, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
The chapter will have a Pie By The Slice Booth at the From The Land Festival taking place on the Heritage Hemp Farm in Green Lake on October 19 and October 20, 2019 in which 50% of the profit from the event are donated directly to NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
The chapter is open to new members and board directors/field activists will be on hand with an informational booth/display featuring hemp cannabis information and products.
Please visit www.FromTheLandFestival.com for complete details of the festival, including other food vendors, artisans, speakers and directions to the event.
In my opinion, this type of decriminalization effort should have been the first marijuana reform bill submitted after the Republicans gutted everything marijuana reform from the budget. This is not new for the elephants in the room and it may not all be politically driven as some of these people just hate marijuana.
It is obvious this year the Republican leadership hates marijuana. Leadership rejected and killed any marijuana reform, even the bills vetted and approved by their own Republican caucus (medical marijuana SB 683 / AB 750).
Republicans have been killing marijuana reform since taking control over a decade ago. Back in 2013 when the public defenders office put together a budget proposal to save tax payers money and could have prevented hundreds of thousands of arrests by simply decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The Republicans that year denied the budget cut request and have held hard onto the just say no mentality.
This new decriminalization bill was introduced late in the session and failed to attract even one Republican co-sponsor yet. The 2017 bill was basically the same wording, same bill and again the lead Assembly author was a Republican, Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake). Jarchow is no longer an elected rep, but there are five other GOP cosponsors from the 2017 bill that are…. and two of them are now Republican Senators, Kathleen Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), Reps. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) and Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh).
So far, this bill, this session, has only attracted Democrats: Goyke is co-author and co-sponsors are Shankland, Considine, Kolste, Sinicki, Crowley, Gruzynski, Brostoff, Subeck, Anderson, Bowen, Spreitzer – Senate co-sponsors are Smith, Taylor, Larsen.
RE: Co-Sponsorship of LRB-5228 relating to: possession of not more than 10 grams of marijuana and providing a penalty.
In the last decade, 161,016 arrests were made for simple possession of marijuana. Comparatively, there were 19,190 arrests made for possession with intent to deliver.
The burden placed on local resources, from police focus, man-hours for arrests, paper work, and court appearances, to the court system dockets and public defender costs, would be much better spent on serious, violent crimes.
Like other common substances consumed by adults – alcohol, psychoactive caffeine, etc. – we recognize morally that the victimless crime of imbibing is itself not illegal. We do still hold individuals legally responsible if they should commit crimes while under the influence, as we should.
However, because marijuana is illegal on the federal level, this bill does not legalize marijuana. Instead, it reduces the penalties for possessing negligible amounts. This will act to relieve the financial burden the state and local law enforcement dedicate to marijuana possession, and open up resources for the enforcement of more serious crimes.
When someone is jailed or convicted of a felony for possessing a small amount of marijuana, it affects the rest of their life and makes it very difficult to gain employment. This adds further burdens on our criminal justice system, and makes it harder to businesses to employ qualified workers who have criminal convictions. There are no winners for aggressively enforcing simple marijuana possession.
Current law prohibits a person from possessing or attempting to possess marijuana. A person who is convicted of violating the prohibition may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both, for the first conviction and is guilty of a Class I felony for a second or subsequent conviction.
This bill reduces the current penalty to a $100 forfeiture for possessing or attempting to possess not more than 10 grams of marijuana and eliminates the increase in penalty if second or subsequent violations involve not more than 10 grams of marijuana.
Analysis by Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law prohibits a person from possessing or attempting to possess marijuana. A person who is convicted of violating the prohibition may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both, for first conviction and is guilty of a Class I felony for a second or subsequent conviction. This bill reduces to a $100 forfeiture the penalty for possessing or attempting to possess not more than 10 grams of marijuana and eliminates the increase in penalty if second or subsequent violations involve not more than 10 grams of marijuana.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
What: Northern Wisconsin NORML Wausau Meeting
When: Wed November 9th, 2011
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: Marathon County Public Library
300 North First Street, Wausau, WI 54403
Who: Membership not required, no admission fee
Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Activists are expecting a 2011-2012 Medical Cannabis Act and are starting to tour the state in anticipation of the legislation. Local supporters for reform of hemp cannabis (marijuana) laws will be in Wausau to promote the growth of Northern Wisconsin NORML, a regional chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Featured speakers from Northern Wisconsin NORML will cover a variety of topics including chapter growth, ways to become active and a brief overview of three pieces of current federal legislation (HR 1831-The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, HR 1983 States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act and HR 2306 Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011). They also plan to have printed literature, membership forms and signature support pages on site, as well as chapter support gear.
Additionally, Ben Olson, an active member in the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin and past State Chairman, will be presenting. Ben has participated in the Global Medical Marijuana March in Madison, Wisconsin in the past and continues to help members of the movement throughout the state in their efforts for outreach on a grass roots basis. Mr. Olson will be providing local activists with key organizing tips and insight he has learned throughout his career, in addition to his views on cannabis.
Activist Author T.A. Sedlak will also be at the library to provide a brief synopsis of his book, Anarcho Grow, as well as speaking about his ties to marijuana culture and NORML. He will share his experiences in medical marijuana states but provide an emphasis on ways supporters can help get Wisconsin to where some of the other medical marijuana states are.
This event is not sponsored by the Marathon County Public Library and is only the location for the meeting. The address is 300 North First Street, Wausau, WI 54403.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Jay Selthofner at 920-410-2920, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.NorthernWiNORML.org