I’ve been away my friends and it feels good to be getting back in to things. Last meeting of NorthenWINORML I was able to test some of the wonderful AV equipment available at Harmony Cafe run non-profit by Goodwill industries We are able to chat with each member on google+ and we have a live stream during the meetings. With any luck we may be able to do full recordings of every meeting avaliable as well. All of this excites me because that’s what I love to do it’s what I am good at and will bring me joy to help a cause I support wholeheartedly with something I love do personally. I think that’s where we should all look to start our activities if you love to paint and want to help design wonderful signs do that and it will be so helpful. If you can talk and feel that people will listen then grab up some forms make copies and get the word out any way you feel you can safely. There are many ways to help and imagination breeds creativity take what you know and love and make it work for the things you want to change. There has never been a time like this before we need you to do what you love, help where you can, ask how we all can help, and just keep being NORML.
Northern Wisconsin NORML and Southeastern Wisconsin NORML teamed up at the Wi Cannabis Expo in Milwaukee to represent Wisconsin NORML at our ‘joint booth’. Opening video catches the team in action! In addition to the booth, Northern Wisconsin NORML Executive Director Kris Teegardin was a featured panel speaker at the event. Thank you to board members from both chapters and additional volunteers that showed up and worked hard all day long. It was an extremely busy and exhausting signature collecting frenzy for sure! The next volunteer day for data entry and processing these signature forms is February 23rd in Milwaukee hosted by SE WI NORML.
Here is the news report from TMJ4:
The first Wisconsin Cannabis Expo took over the Wisconsin Center on Saturday in downtown Milwaukee.
Dozens of exhibits and speakers showcased hemp and CBD products. People also spoke about the future of marijuana in Wisconsin.
Some have high hopes it will be legalized soon.
“It will happen, but right now despite the fact that 80% want medical, you have the legislature unwilling to even take the bills up,” organizer Louis Fortis said.
The organizer says around 3,000 people showed up for the event.
Please join us February 13th, 2020 in La Crosse for a NORML activist meet up, food, fellowship and networking event at 6pm, followed by a concert starting at 8pm
Day Three of Wisconsin NORML Social Media Storm is State Senator Scott Fitzgerald. His Facebook profile doesn’t allow posts, and he does not have a public Instagram. So, we will make this easy for him.
Please use professional language, take screenshots of your posts! Happy Storming!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senfitzgerald (Posts not allowed)
Office: (608) 266-5660
Fitzgerald has an issue with the legalization of medical cannabis in Governor Evers’ budget. When asked about support for medical cannabis reform, Fitzgerald said, “Nah, I don’t see it. I don’t see the support. I don’t support it,”
What we suggest today, open Scott Fitzgerald’s eyes with the results of 18 different ballot referendums from November. Share the picture below of those results on Twitter, tag @SenFitzgerald with the hashtag #FitzOpenYourEyes2CannabisSupport
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
….”Talking to our narcotics investigators, they think there is a direct correlation to the legalization of marijuana in all of these states, the drying up of the marijuana money for the cartels and the increase in fentanyl, the increase in heroin, the increase in methamphetamine,” Smith said.
“You’re going to hear that from law enforcement and I probably agree with that,” responded Jay Selthofner from the Northern Wisconsin Chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
When asked if he is surprised to hear how much marijuana is coming to Wisconsin from legal states, he replied, “No.”
He added, “America’s appetite for marijuana is huge.”
Selthofner says marijuana does have a positive impact on heroin-related deaths. A 2018 Rand study found that states with “medical marijuana dispensaries” saw a drop in “opioid-related overdoses.”
“Prohibition in general doesn’t work. We’ve seen it has failed,” he said.
Selthofner says the solution is simple: Legalize marijuana.
“The best way to combat illicit marijuana coming into your state is to develop a program opposite of prohibition,” Selthofner told FOX 11 Investigates….
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At age 14 I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression and prescribed Prozac and Desiperamine and Xanax. I was drugged out of my mind everyday of my life at that point, falling asleep in random places, having no motivation to do anything, and most noteworthy I was still depressed and highly suicidal. I saved up the medications I was prescribed, reported to my unsuspecting parents that I needed a refill of the medications, and when I received the refills, immediately took every pill in my possession. The only thing that saved me was that I had also been diagnosed with seizures at a young age and took Dilantin on a daily basis to counteract the seizures. The Dilantin in my system kept me from seizuring to death from the overdose, I was found by my mother before passing away, spent a long time in the ICU and then a mental health treatment center, and was released a year later… still prescribed Prozac and Xanax.
I took these meds until I was 18, and decided I wanted to look into alternatives myself. The medications didn’t help very much, and I always felt kind of weird taking something made by man in a laboratory. I felt there had to be something of a natural alternative. No matter who I talked to, I found nothing. I eventually just dropped the meds and lived naturally, with severe depression and crippling anxiety.
It was to the point where I could not stand eating in a restaurant for fear of what people were thinking of me while I was eating. I couldn’t even go to a darkened move theater. I couldn’t take my dates anywhere and found it nearly impossible to meet people as my hands were constantly clammy and sweaty. Who wants to shake hands with that guy?
In my teens I had tried smoking marijuana, but it was always in a group setting with “safe” friends. I always smoked too much and got paranoid and would have to leave. It wasn’t until my mid 20s that I bought a personal amount of marijuana and tried just smoking one hit every 4-6 hours.
The results were astounding. Suddenly I found the earth to be a beautiful place. The slight buffer that the marijuana provided significantly reduced both my anxiety and my depression and allowed me to secure better employment, enroll in college, and meet the love of my life. I wasn’t what you would call a “stoner”, I was a very controlled casual user who used a water pipe to minimize any adverse effects of the smoke inhalation, and I was very mindful of overusage. I became a 4.0 student for the first time in my life, managed several businesses, and created many, MANY friendships. I became a totally different person, the person I had always been mystified about. I was simply comfortable in my own skin. (And I couldn’t overdose on the stuff even I had wanted to. I tried smoking as much as I could once and just sat in my chair for about 30 minutes unable to really move. Compare that to an extended stay in ICU and please explain why one is being prescribed and the other is illegal.)
I don’t use marijuana currently. It put me in the correct mind state to continue my life without its help, and help it did. It helped where no other medication could. When I felt it was time to quit and I did. There was no huge drawbacks or need for “ramping it down”. I just stopped. I did lose some appetite when I stopped smoking marijuana, but other than that there were no strong side effects of quitting.
The depression and anxiety never returned on the grand scale that I had previously experienced. Maybe my brain chemistry worked itself out, but I think it more likely that marijuana naturally calmed some things about my psyche that were running out of control long enough for me to get a fresh perspective on life and my place in it. I’m smart, athletic, a strong leader with a magnetic personality and much less likely to perform reactive violence (ie, striking out from fear) than I was in my younger days and while I was on man made pharmaceuticals.
I would seriously recommend a self-controlled marijuana usage program to anyone who is frustrated with the current medical system and all the man made pharmaceuticals in this current medical environment. It’s hard to say for sure, but I think it may have saved my life.
Many people will say I’m a paid this or that, or that I must be pushing an agenda for marijuana. I’m not. It sucks that marijuana is not legal, but it is far from difficult to obtain. I’m just a guy who had a horrible experience with the demons in his own head who was greatly helped by regular controlled usage of a natural substance.
I wish you all the best in your usage, and hope everyone stays safe and under control.
Another fundraiser by Republican Senate Candidate Leah Vukmir was met by protesters promoting pot. The “Unappreciation Party” was a continued awareness campaign against Vukmir’s negative public stance on medical marijuana from the December 2009 hearing for Assembly Bill 554 / Senate Bill 368.
Was the protest against Vukmir a success? I think so. Anytime you create awareness about the need for reform of marijuana laws, there is success. Members of Madison chapter and other supporters to welcome Vukmir as she entered her fundraiser.joined the
Members from Is My Medicine Legal Yet? pointed out that the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act would have protected doctors when recommending to use marijuana as medicine as well as protecting patients who found therapeutic relief from using cannabis. The familiar slogan of “Medical Marijuana is Healthcare” was heard amongst the “honks 4 medical marijuana” from vehicles passing by.
At this time it is unknown if Vukmir would support a full legalization bill, but it is unlikely to matter report cannabis supporters. “The number of protesters out numbered Vukmir’s supporters, her campaign for State Senate has as much validity as her statements concerning medical marijuana” one member stated.
It was very clear that protesters prevailed by promoting hemp cannabis as an environmentaly friendly and safe medicinal resource. The future of marijuana in Wisconsin can be green and clean; we need to reform the marijuana laws. In these times of economic hardship and environmental degradation, why not allow the cultivation of hemp cannabis, one of the worlds most useful plants.