To commemorate Drug Czar Kerlikowske and Police Chief Flynn declaring there is no War on Drugs or war on any one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we produced an infographic comprised of the publicly-available mug shots of marijuana arrests in January and February of 2012 in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
We have worked in this district and during the 2018 campaign had Republican (James) opposed legalizing recreational marijuana, having a great deal to say about it, adding he wants to be a leader on the issue?
But having Law Enforcement (Republican James) on our side for medical marijuana cannot hurt, as the then candidate James expressed support for medical cannabis.
Sticking to a campaign promise and having sponsored medical marijuana legislation his first term as a freshman Republican earned this legislator a B- rating.
Holds office State Assembly District 68. Link to Full Scorecard Vote
Rep. James Position on Marijuana Legalization: Opposed; State Representative Jesse James (R) Altoona and former Altoona Police Chief says he is against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
“We need to take into consideration the states that have already legalized marijuana and look at the impact it has had,” James says. “This is a very complicated issue.”
He says there is a big focus on marijuana legislation, especially now that it has been legalized in two neighboring states.
“There are emails that come daily regarding the legalization of marijuana,” James says. “I also want to be the spokesperson that educates people to at least take a moment and try to understand the impact but let’s look at the future and the devastation that is going to come because it will.”
Rep. James Position on Medical Marijuana: Supports, sponsored limited medical marijuana program with no smoking/no home grows.
However James does support medical marijuana. He says the senate will not look at it this session but it is something that could be considered by the assembly in the near future and possibly next session.
“It is something we should be able to support because it will help so many people with medical conditions,” James says.
Contact Jesse James, Email: Rep.James@legis.wisconsin.gov, Web: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/68/James, Phone: 608-266-9172
Not new to marijuana reform, Emily Berge is currently serving on the Eau Claire City County and she voted in favor of lowering the marijuana fine to $1 which ended up passing council. I reached out to her campaign and she reminded me of the above and added:
Thank you for reaching out to me. Considering that in 2018, 67% of Clark County voters voted in favor of medical marijuana and 54% of voters in Eau Claire County voted in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana (and another 31% voted for medical marijuana ), I think it is essential to work towards marijuana reform. Since the 68th Assembly District includes these counties with Eau Claire County being the largest county in the district, it is clear where most of my district stands on marijuana reform.
Learn more at campaign of Emily Berge by following her campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/berge4wisconsin
Learn more about how to register to vote at MyVote.wi.gov
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Willie Nelson……the living legend singer-songwriter, musician, performer, actor and American icon is on the road again! Join Willie and Family for a night of his iconic hits at. Show starts at 8pm.
The local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (SE Wisconsin NORML) is planned to “Welcome Willie to Wisconsin”. “Excellent Grassroots Idea and a giant thank you to SE Wisconsin NORML members for organizing the event” stated the Wisconsin Teapot Party. “Part of Willie Nelson’s message last fall with the Teapot Party initiative was to unite and encourage networking with organizations supporting reform. We celebrated the 40th anniversary of NORML on March 2nd in Wisconsin and look forward to to this event.”
The SE Wisconsin NORML Facebook Event “Teapot Party Founder Welcome from SE Wisconsin NORML” states:
We are glad to announce our first outing as a group. Southeast Wisconsin NORML welcomes Willie Nelson and fans to the Riverside theater in Milwaukee, WI. We plan to begin assembling outside the Papst/Riverside Theatre to greet Willie Nelson and everyone coming to the show. This is a public outreach event, in which SE Wisconsin NORML members and supporters will have a friendly crowd to work with and help grow both education on what can be done about cannabis reform in Wisconsin. More information will become available as it we confirm plans for this event.
Please share your ideas for this event, sample fliers to hand out and signs. We are welcome your ideas on things we should do to help welcome the National Teapot Party Founder, Willie Nelson to town.
This is an All Ages event and so is the show afterward. If you are able to attend we recommend getting tickets now for the show asap at: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&agency=RIVERSIDE&pid=6960433
Since our regularly scheduled meeting falls the day prior to this event, our regularly scheduled chapter meeting will NOT be held 3/14/2011. The next scheduled chapter meeting is on Monday, March 28th.
The 10th District of the Wisconsin Senate The 10th District of the Wisconsin Senate is located in Western Wisconsin, and is composed of parts of Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn Counties. (MAP)
Primary Election August 11, 2020
We spoke with Sharlene from his office on January 3rd, 2020 and she indicated that Rep. Stafsholt has not taken a “hard stance” on anything marijuana reform and will not be co-sponsoring any marijuana legislation this session. His office would only say “he looks forward to hearing the issue during a public hearing”.
Although past news articles have quoted Rep. Stafsholt as “supporting” medical marijuana and decriminalization, he has failed to sponsor any legislation on the issue and has given contradicting statements on medical marijuana according to news archives below. NORML assigned him a grade him a C grade during the 2019-20 legislative session.
Rep. Stafsholt has announced he is running for Senate.
Holds office State Assembly District 29
Position on Marijuana Decriminalization: Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, said he backed a measure from former legislator Adam Jarchow to legalize (decriminalize) recreational pot and that he still supports that concept.
“I have no problem with it,” he said, adding that pursuing low-level marijuana offenses is “not always the best use of resources for folks.”
Position on Medical Marijuana: He supports “medical marijuana” as Republican Incumbent in candidate forums in October 2018.
and then in Feb 2019 Stafsholt said he’s still not sure about medical marijuana, though other lawmakers said they’re comfortable with it.
Contact Rob Stafsholt
On July 13, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) who is running for the 10th Senate District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
In the interview Stafsholt gives the “open to medical marijuana” and hints supporting the Republican version of medical marijuana; on recreational says law enforcement is opposed to it, and from his opinion they need to have a device to test for impairment (driving).
On July 14, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed Cherie Link (R-Somerset) who is running for the 10th Senate District in the upcoming partisan primary election.
Cherie Link says the medically she can see the benefit, but on recreational, she shares her background as foster care provider and thinks it is a “gateway” and “doing a science experiment on our kids in legal states”.
General Election is Tuesday November 3rd, 2020.
The winner of the Republican Primary will face Incumbent Senator Patty Schachtner (D). Senator Schachtner received a B grade from NORML during the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
We will keep you updated if any candidate answers our 2020 NORML Candidate Questionnaire, but I think we learned a great deal already.
Learn more about requesting an absentee ballot / voting by mail at MyVote.Wi.Gov
9-13-12 Meeting Minutes for Northern WI NORML
The September Meeting was called to order at 5:45pm
Board Members present:
Rich asked for the meeting minutes to be read from August. Jay presented a motion to waive the reading. Linda seconded it. We waived the reading of the meeting minutes.
Jay gave the treasurer’s report for August 2012. Ending balance is about $400 for the month.
We moved on to old business. Rich thanked Elizabeth and the other volunteers who created the Northern WI NORML booth at the Big Green Sustainable Music Fest. The event was a success, and had good results.
Moms for Marijuana: Linda completed the Wisconsin section of the quilt and sent it in. They should have received it today. She gave pictures to Nox and he displayed them for us.
We had a brief break while we cleared up a technical issue and got the hangout back online.
Madison NORML is holding a Disc Golf tournament to raise insurance money for Harvest Fest.
Madison Harvest Fest is Oct. 6-7 – we will have a booth for the 2nd year in a row. the booth we had last year was 10×20 and we will be able to borrow the same tent again, as well as a 2nd tent, which is 10×10. The treasurer authorized Rich to find a book display that we can buy for the chapter for this and other events, to display our books and other materials more easily.
Sunday of Harvest Fest is the 4:20pm march to the capital. Last year we had a sign making stand, where we provided posterboard, markers and other materials for signs. This year we want to do the same, but we want to make a list of some easy to read slogans that people can use if they don’t know what to write.
Jay and Rich will both be speaking on Saturday. We need to make sure that on Sunday, since our speakers will not be on the stage to direct people to the sign making booth, we will have to ask one of the sunday speakers to give us a shout out in the hour or two before the parade.
We need volunteers to come and help with set up and tear down both days. We need people to sign up for specific shifts so we can organize. Last year, the same 4-5 people were there all day, and did all of the set up and tear down. We need more help, and more organized help.
Answers to Energy event: our spot is secure, bought and paid for. The date is October 20th. Rich is manning the booth but needs a volunteer to help him that day.
Spreading chapter awareness:
Rich reminded us that when you go to a comedy club, festival, state fair, etc. try to wear a Northern WI NORML or other NORML tshirt to let the public know there are active chapters in the state. We currently have NE WI NORML, SE WI NORML, Madision NORML, Eau Claire NORML, and a field branch in Green Bay. We need to let people know that we are here and that we need them to join and help. If you want to join but are too far from a meeting, you can join our hangout online, or start your own satellite chapter in your area.
Linda discussed the Moms for Marijuana Chalk Walk. They go out and write on sidewalks with messages about how wholesome marijuana is, how helpful it is… we could do that, and take pictures and tag them on facebook, etc.
Jay discussed that we really need people to call their assembly rep. and let them know when you are going to be holding signs, or other things, and let them know that these events are happening and that you want the law changed.
Rich mentioned the picture that we took of him at the Free Fishing Day in June, of him holding Steve Elliott’s little black book of Marijuana. Jessie posted it and tagged Steve on facebook, and he re-posted it and it went viral. We should see if we can take some other pictures of chapter members with books or other products and get some attention for the chapter, to draw in new members who may not know that we exist yet.
Nox discussed that Lawrence college would be a great resource for finding students to join and volunteer. Jay thinks we need a student to work with us, a “student coordinator” perhaps, because that is what we need in order to get into the school to do an expo or awareness event. Students are our future leaders. We need to find outreach coordinators who can set up events in their area, since we don’t have the resources to go to distant communities and hold events.
Rich discussed “Change for Change”. We could go up and down college avenue during bar time asking for “change for change”. Rich will need to get a solicitor’s permit to do this, so if there are any volunteers who want to do this, let him know and he will get that done.
Lst order of meeting: Jay will no longer be able to come for Thursday meetings due to a long term change of plans. Rich mentioned considering changing the date. Jay brought up several reasons why it might be detrimental to change the meeting dates.
There was no other business to discuss.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:33pm.
Existing Members in Attendance: Robert, Linda
New Members in Attendance: 6 (emails colllected and added to spreadsheet)
2-9-12 Meeting Minutes for Northern WI NORML
Linda read “It’s Just A Plant” to the group
Rich spoke about a book called Honorable Intentions
RE: Sat, March 10th, Oshkosh Convention Center – Answers to Energy Questions – 9am – 3pm
Rich volunteers to pay the $125 for the booth if we can get volunteers to work the booth. Rich volunteers. Any other volunteers?
California marijuana dispensaries and patients area back in the news for another innovative initiative to help the communities they serve in a multitude of ways. Nancy Black and Phil Hicks, owners of the Granny Purps dispensary in Soquel provided an opportunity for patients in the area to get some free pot and in turn, the dispensary received 11,000 pounds, of food that is. People helping people is where it starts. This is not the first time the two have done something like this.
“We had experience with Second Harvest because my husband is a retired chiropractor, and we used to collect donations from his patients at his office,” Black said. “We used to do some sort of incentive to encourage people to donate, and so we decided to do the same thing here to get momentum.“
Just goes to show that patients and marijuana dispensary owners are just like the other people in your community. I am glad to see the media outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle and United Press International allowing some space for positive pot news. Obviously accepts donations from many individuals and business throughout the world and had no problem associating themselves with the marijuana shops or patients, and good thing.
Second Harvest spokesman Danny Keith said Granny Purps, which only has eight employees, contributed the amount of food that would normally come from a business with 30 to 40 employees.
Good for them and this is something our local chapter had discussed at one time. Not giving away joints obviously, but ways to give back the community, help others, improve public relations and of course, make some news. Food drives area easy and effective, perhaps in 2011 our chapter will incorporate a food drive into one of our existing events like the Free April 20th Concert in the Park or the free fishing clinic and pot luck picnic we host in coordination with The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.