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Many of you have heard me say legalizing marijuana makes a whole lot of sense, as well as saving the taxpayers cents along the way. Wisconsin was once a leader in agricultural and industrial hemp, which added a few scents to the countryside as it grew. So what does all this have to do with Iowa anyways? A recent guest column by retired editor Richard Doak printed in the Des Moines Register spoke about the radical nature of legalizing marijuana saying “This idea is getting less radical all the time. California voters almost legalized recreational marijuana last November, and the Rev. Pat Robertson (onetime second-place finisher in the Iowa Republican caucuses) has hinted it might be a good idea. If Iowa doesn’t get out in front soon, some other state will.” The column goes on to point out the other radical nature of legalizing marijuana.
It’s going to happen nationwide eventually. Why not make Iowa the first to legalize marijuana and maybe other recreational drugs?
The main idea would be to stop building ever more prisons and spending ever more money to imprison drug offenders. Iowa has been doing that while at the same time cutting support for higher education. Those priorities couldn’t be more wrong-headed.
Legalizing drugs should be part of a strategy of saving taxpayers’ money by reducing the prison population. Every dollar spent on prisons is a dollar that can’t be spent on education, infrastructure or otherwise investing in the fundamental economic strength of the state.
A side benefit of legalization would be the revenue from regulating and taxing recreational drugs. And there might be new cash crops for Iowa agriculture.
Give the man an A. As a lecturer at the state university level, he deserves the good grade. You can read the entire article here.
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Madison, Wisconsin’s annual Marijuana Harvest Fest Will be held October third, fourth and fifth this year!
Held annually in Madison, Wisconsin, this festival celebrates the Marijuana Harvest time by hosting political speakers, bands, and others dedicated to the legalization of this medicinal plant.
On Sunday, there is a march to the Capital. Bring your best protest sign!
So, who is going to make the journey to Madison this weekend?
Look for the Northern Wisconsin NORML table at the Great Midwestern Marijuana Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday! We hope to see you there! http://www.madisonhempfest.com/
Jay Selthofner, Treasurer and Co-Founder of Northern Wisconsin NORML, was a guest speaker on Wisconsin Public Radio this week. The topic was that the majority of Wisconsinites do want marijuana legalized and regulated like alcohol.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 5:35pm
The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows 59 percent of respondents say they want marijuana to be fully legalized and regulated like alcohol, while 39 percent don’t agree with legalizing the drug. We talk to an advocate for legalized marijuana about these results and what it would look like to…
Do you find yourself thinking “What can I do to show my support for marijuana law reform and to help the cause?” Well here’s your chance. You can contact us directly. We need talent if you have a talent a skill or just anything you think you are really good at let us know. Email NorthernWInorml@gmail.com or you can do the best thing and come to the next meeting in September. NORML Rich was thinking we need to gear up for the harvest fest. Well what does that mean?
It means we need people to help with passing out literature about marijuana, talking about Hemp and Medical Marijuana. What literature? Well that depends. We need to design something with the NorthernWINorml logo on it we need to discuss our organization we need to discuss the plant that has the whole country freaking out. Right now in the current phase of the local chapter there are many ideas. It is time to set goals and plan the way to it as a local chapter our focus will always be on local change but as members of WI NORML and national NORML we should always assist with their endeavors. Our September meeting needs to have talent and drive. I will be bringing wooden sign poles about 16 could be more depending on need. But we also need signs to put on those picket poles. Bring some poster board, cardboard, or even foam board perfect sized board can be purchased at hobby lobby for about $2 a 24″ X 36″ piece in the framing department. If anyone is willing to meet again on another day before the September 15th meeting to help make these let us know when so we can plan a meet up or to come early on the 15th to help. Try to save up some cash because if your going to volunteer for the full event your going to need some where to sleep it is a three day event you know. For the event we will need our most versed members to share their knowledge. The more we know the more we can share if anyone would like to host a cannabis training course please speak up it would be great to have individuals who have extensive knowledge on the subject of marijuana, laws, and reform to be on hand for our go to group when it comes to literature and information.
This is your local NORML people, it’s not able to provide these things because we do not require monthly dues, like say the NRA, all that we have is a modest donation system and our local chapter needs your help to develop. It’s all up in the air right now but remember that every donation of paper, supplies, and time is valued more than you know. So when you ask what can you do to help NORML in your local, state, and national chapters just do what I do….. Just do your NORML thing and share what you have.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a vaporization system (the Volcano; VAPORMED® Inhalatoren) as a “smokeless” delivery system for inhaled marijuana. The study looked at heating marijuana to form a vapor and then comparing drug levels in the blood to those obtained from smoking an identical amount of marijuana from a cigarette. In addition, we compared the tolerability of the two methods and measured expired carbon dioxide to evaluate whether the vaporizer reduces exposure to respiratory toxins.
Eighteen healthy subjects were recruited and admitted to the inpatient ward of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at San Francisco General Hospital to investigate the delivery of marijuana by vaporization compared to marijuana smoked in a standard cigarette. One dose (1.7, 3.4, or 6.8% tetrahydrocannabinol) and delivery system (smoked marijuana cigarette or vaporization system) was randomly assigned for each of the six study days. The analysis suggests that the blood levels of vaporized marijuana are similar to those of smoked marijuana. However, blood concentrations at 30 minutes after drug administration and beyond were significantly higher in vaporized marijuana as compared to smoked marijuana. In addition, the carbon monoxide levels were significantly reduced with vaporization compared with smoked marijuana. Fourteen participants preferred vaporization, 2 smoking, and 2 reported no preference. No adverse events were observed.
In this study, vaporization of marijuana was found to be a safe mode of delivery. Participants had a clear preference for vaporization over smoking as a delivery system for the marijuana used in this trial.
Our primary objective in this study is to evaluate the use of a vaporization system (the Volcano; VAPORMED® Inhalatoren; Tüttlingen, Germany;) as a “smokeless” delivery system for inhaled marijuana. We will compare plasma levels of delta-9-tetrahyrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol, cannabinol, and metabolites, including 11-OH-THC, in healthy volunteers after smoking one 3.95% THC marijuana cigarette (using the Foltin puff procedure) to those obtained when the same individual inhales the vaporization product of the marijuana from an identical cigarette processed through the Volcano device. In addition to plasma levels, we will also compare the THC concentration over an 8-hour time period, the subjective high experienced by the patients, and clinical evidence of cannabis effect by evaluating conjunctival hyperemia and heart rate.
We will also compare the tolerability of the two methods of ingestion, and we will measure expired carbon monoxide to evaluate whether the vaporizer reduces exposure to respiratory toxins. Twelve participants will be admitted for a 2-day stay at the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at San Francisco General Hospital. They will be randomly assigned to either inhalation of products of a smoked marijuana cigarette or the vaporization products produced by use of the Volcano device. Blood for pharmacokinetic evaluations and measurement of physiologic and psychologic effects of cannabis will be conducted by the GCRC research nursing staff who have been involved in all of our cannabis clinical trials to date. On day 2 of the stay, participants will inhale the alternative product and the same measurements will be obtained. If this study demonstrates that vaporization of cannabis produces significant blood levels and physiologic effects with a tolerable side effect profile, the Volcano may provide a rapid onset, reliable and safe delivery system to be used in future effectiveness studies of medicinal cannabis.
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.”
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.”
— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @npenzenstadler