Heather is proud member of the NORML Field Activist Team. She believes in legal and safe access for all people, and has worked with people in Northern Wisconsin for years talking about legalization. She is a historical reanactor of the Middle Ages but is also active in the local farming and gardening community.
In 2020 our parent affiliate, NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws celebrates 50 years as the leading organization working to reform cannabis laws in the United States. For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday NORML will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup as he reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate.
Our chapter is also celebrating a milestone this year and we invite you to help us in recognizing this Decade of Excellence by putting the “act” into activism. Step up and increase your activism for the next 30 days as we gear up for the election. We invite you to help celebrate with us for an in person event on Oct 17th and 18th, 2020 at the From the Land Festival on Heritage Hemp Farm in Green Lake. (Facebook Event Link)
Now is the time to influence candidates and elected officials while they are out on the campaign trail. We have archived the views of a majority of our 2020 candidates on our blog which you can view in our “Election Coverage” category. We will be adding information to the Smoke the Vote Project as more candidates have the cannabis conversation because of the work you do and help support.
The chapter received their Certificate of Affiliation from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws on September 21, 2010. Since that time, that chapter has grown in membership, held a variety of awareness events and integrated a Field Activist Team approach to their activism.
Thanks to your help, donations and continued support the chapter is able to exist. As the 2019-2020 Legislation session grows closer to a close, Wisconsin again has active decriminalization measures, two medical cannabis legislation bills and also a recreational marijuana proposal all dead; as no public hearing on any marijuana reform was held in 2019-2020.
We are in need of volunteers in each county of the state to circulate petition/signature support pages and help with local initiatives to insure the 2021-22 legislative session addresses marijuana reform. Please volunteer your time or donate today. We are in constant need of funding and assistance.
Do not hesitate to contact the chapter directly at 920-931-4207 or via email at NorthernWiNORML@gmail.com for more information, to volunteer or to donate anonymously.
Is there hope for medical marijuana yet in Wisconsin? It is coming eventually and this election cycle will change the landscape again. Let’s journey to a town of Strartford where Rep. Bob Kulp has announced his retirement.
I was really hoping he would have announced his co-sponsorship of the bipartisan medical marijuana bill in the Fall of 2019, but that never came and the writing was on the wall. Early in January of 2019 he and fellow Republican Assembly Reps. Krug, Snyder and Sprios hinted of joining the other members of the GOP assembly in supporting medical marijuana in a first step way, design a bill to get a public hearing.
Now comes to the bill to create a medical marijuana program for Wisconsin. No bill is perfect and it is pretty clear that it is an uphill battle to get a public hearing. So we have to give some thanks to Rep. Kulp for his elected service and I am happy to announce he will be co-sponsoring the bill to create a medical marijuana program for Wisconsin.
This is important because, although we do not know which committee this new bill will be assigned to yet, we do know the Rep. Kulp sits on the 2019 Assembly Committee on State Affairs which does oversee the bi-partisan medical marijuana bill by Testin/Erpenbach, which is Senate Bill 507 and Assembly Bill 570 .
So his retirement leaves the district as a unknown for the 2020-2021 legislative cycle at this point. I will keep you up date as candidates announce. The last two sessions he ran unopposed and he won the district in 2014 with 69% of the vote.
So if you live in Neilsville, Granton, Lynn, Chili, Spencer, Marshfield, Startford, Unity, Colby, Ferwood, Owen, Curtis, Dorchester, Abbotsford or Edgar or the rural areas surrounding, their is a job opening in your district!
With public support for reforming marijuana laws at an all time high, we request key Senate and Assembly allies to form the first-ever Wisconsin Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to reform state cannabis laws.
Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition. The continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of adults throughout America, 93% of whom support medical marijuana (Quinnipiac, 2017) and 64 percent of whom endorse the outright legalization of recreational cannabis (Gallup, 2017).
The official establishment of this Caucus will represent the growing, bipartisan support in our Senate and Assembly for marijuana reform.
In all, eleven states that have enacted laws regulating cannabis for adult use, thirty-three states have enacted comprehensive medical cannabis laws, and 14 additional states have enacted more limited medical cannabis laws. In total, 47 US states have adopted laws rolling back cannabis prohibition at the state level, representing 95% of the U.S. House of Representatives and 94% of the US Senate.
Enter your information to urge the following members of the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Representative to form the Wisconsin Cannabis Caucus.
The following legislators have sponsored a marijuana reform bill in the last 12 months:
Democrat Assembly Representatives: Sargent, Ohnstad, Fields, Anderson, Billings, Bowen, Brostoff, Considine, Crowley, Emerson, Goyke, Gruszynski, Hebl, Hintz, Kolste, Milroy, Pope, Hesselbein, Sinicki, Shankland, Spreitzer, Stubbs, Stuck, Subeck, C. Taylor, Vruwink, and Zamarripa
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.
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
We’ll discuss actions that young people can take to legalize medical and recreational marijuana and expunge criminal records for cannabis-related offenses.
Executive Director Kris Teegardin will be joining as a panelist. Stay tuned for announcements of other special guest panelists!
Thu, Apr 23, 4:20pm–5:20pm CDT