Representative Michael Schraa of the 53rd Assembly District did not pose the question of cannabis legalization on his 2019 spring survey. His district includes Oshkosh, Algoma, Omro, Rushford, Nepeuskun, Utica, Nekimi, Black Wolf, Rosendale, Eldorado, Friendship, North Fond Du Lac, Springvale, Lamartine and Waupun. If you live in these areas please contact Representative Schraa and let him know you support cannabis legalization.
WHAT: Baked Sale “Pie By The Slice”
WHERE: From The Land Festival in Green Lake
WHEN: Sat Oct 19th (10-4) and Sun 20th (10-3)
WHO: Open To Public
Northern Wisconsin NORML is conducting a fundraiser/baked sale. The chapter will have a “Pie By The Slice Booth” at the From The Land Festival in Green Lake on October 19th and October 20th, 2013. Proceeds from this event are going to fund a public service announcement for the upcoming 2013-14 Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Act. We are currently pricing billboards, radio and television advertising rates.
If you cannot attend the event, but would like to contribute to the funding of the public service announcement, please use the PayPal button below, attend a meeting or contact the chapter to donate anonymously.
Please visit http://www.fromthelandfestival.com/ for complete details of the festival, including other food vendors, artisans, speakers and directions to the event.
5-18-2010 Meeting Minutes for Northern WI NORML
Christiano’s in Green Lake
Notes taken by volunteer Jessica Franke
We opened the meeting by discussing our meeting location. There was an issue with our press release this week, where the paper did not run our meeting location and also did not contact Jay to inform him. We discussed moving our meetings to the Berlin Public Library in the future, as they are a friendlier venue for our meetings.
Second order of business: Charity designed a second version of the Northern NORML logo, which we will vote on before printing T-shirts.
Proposed Board Members: Jay, Narin, Laura, Jessica, Jan
Treasurer Report: $65 so far!
Tommy Thompson and Ed Thompson addressed the group on State-Wide NORML day 5/15/2010. They are supportive and offered advice regarding reforming the laws and lobbying.
Referendum ballot: Once you file and start collecting signatures, you must have the process completed within 60 days. Be aware of possible problems with filing the signatures in a timely manner, as sometimes the clerks do not file things in a timely fashion or maybe don’t always understand the rules.
Website: Jessica is working on it, and will have a draft for next time.
Membership fees: low membership fees should be affordable for anyone who wants to join. 4.20 is the current amount that is agreed upon, because it’s a low price, and is also rooted in the folklore of marijuana.
T-shirts: once the logo is finalized and approved, we can print t-shirts. A few people mentioned they thought that the background was too dark on the new logo and should be lighter. It will be approximately $5 to ship the shirts if using the local printer that Jay spoke to. We are currently looking for ideas regarding shirts and merchandising – initially our biggest problem is funds to do all of this, so we particularly need to focus on fundraising and getting new dues-paying members. Jay proposed some kind of contest, for encouraging members to sign people up.
Hemp History Week:
The Berlin Journal printed what Jay sent them verbatim, rather than writing their own article and “reporting” on it. However the fact that they did print it at all is still good.
Jay introduced the topic of protesting at a local BP gas station. He has signs and would need 3 or more people total to assist.
Next event: June 5th potluck Picnic / Awareness Fisheree – if anyone knows a folk singer or similar type of musician who would be willing to volunteer, please tell Jay. We do have one musician but we do need another one. So far, we will be the only fishing day event happening in this area. We need to figure out who is bringing what dishes, etc.
Discussed the need to push for Industrial hemp, and it was brought up that alcohol prohibition became unviable because the government was going broke, and our government is currently in a similar upheaval.
We need to become known for something in the area. Madison NORML is mostly well known for Harvest Fest, and smoking pot on the capitol steps, but we can’t all afford to travel to Madison to join every event, and we want to be more vocal in our own area, year round, so we need to get volunteers to help organize events, and become known for something in this area.
Jan made a motion that we vote to move the meetings to the Berlin LIbrary, and that we decide on the times for those meetings. We discussed 11:30am and 6:30pm, which are the times that we had discussed at the previous meeting. Matt seconded the motion. We unanimously voted that the meeting be moved to the Berlin Library.
Jay passed around a sign in sheet for everyone to write their contact number down.
We also discussed breaking things down to the three major headings: Medical, Recreational, and Industrial uses. It’s hard to fight propaganda, and it’s hard to educate people because they are already so indoctrinated against drugs.
It’s more likely that if we focus on Industrial hemp, we can get some kind of corporate sponsorship to help us fund some of our future events. There was a hemp processing plant in Berlin during the war so there may be support here.
We discussed the need to use common sense and to inform members that, no matter what our meeting location, we need to never bring pot or paraphernalia.
Matt made a motion that we make written rules regarding this matter. “For the safety of our participants and our meeting facility, we request that you do not bring any illegal possessions or contraband of any type to meetings and events. Jan seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:24pm.
Next week, Tuesday, 11:30am, at the Berlin Library, will be our next meeting.
First off, I want everyone to know that I am a mother to a wonderful girl. She is my pride and joy. That’s why the medical marijuana reform is so important to me. I want to be the mother every little girl deserves. The mother who runs and plays outside with her. The mother that chaperones every school event. The mother who isn’t too tired or sore or sick to do anything that little girl wants to do. At age 19, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Eythematosus.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. People with lupus produce abnormal antibodies in their blood that target tissues within their own body rather than foreign infectious agents. Because the antibodies and accompanying cells of inflammation can affect tissues anywhere in the body, lupus has the potential to affect a variety of areas. Sometimes lupus can cause disease of the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and/or nervous system. Ah yes, I am that lucky to have full Systemic Lupus. So, everything from my wrist joints, to my heart and lungs can be damaged. Since age 19 I have been hospitalized four times, had my gal bladder removed, developed the need for glasses, replaced 12 of my teeth, been unable to walk for days at a time, endured a miscarriage and countless numbers of pokes and prods from doctors all around the state. I will have this disease for the rest of my life. There is no cure.
What there is, is a number of wonderful medications and supplements I take daily. (Please read that last line with sarcasm). On a daily basis I take 12 pills. I detest nothing more in life than taking all these pills. My girlfriend hounds me on a daily basis to make sure I take them. It’s a wonderful little battle we have every morning. Alas, if I don’t take them my chances of becoming sick or even dying improve tremendously. What does all this have to do with medical marijuana you might ask? PLENTY. Besides controlling my daily pain, many studies are now showing that marijuana actually reduces joint swelling; something I suffer from. Even better news for me is that marijuana would eliminate some of the pills I currently take. No, not all of them, but my pill intake would be cut in almost half with that simple little leaf. Medical marijuana isn’t for everyone, I understand that. However, something proven to be so helpful to the physical and emotional wellness of so many shouldn’t be illegal. Medical marijuana has been proven to help cancer patients, individuals with bipolar disorder and severe depression, HIV and AIDS patients, and many more. How many of you know someone with one of these aliments? I am going to bet that everyone that reads this knows at least one person.
So, I encourage everyone out there to become educated on the benefits of medical marijuana. It might just save the life of someone you know or even your own. At least for me, I know it will help make me the mother that I have always dreamed of being. The one who isn’t too tired to help with homework, or prepare a home-cooked meal, or run and play with her outside; basically, the mother every little girl deserves.
Washington, DC: National Institute on Drug Abuse Director (NIDA) Nora Volkow told a Congressional committee that the agency’s monopoly on the federally licensed production of marijuana for clinical research is problematic and ought to be amended to include additional producers.
Speaking late last month at a hearing before the US Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Dr. Volkow acknowledged, “It would be beneficial” for the federal government to allow private entities to produce cannabis for clinical research purposes.
Federal regulations currently demand that investigators seeking to conduct clinical trials with cannabis or organic cannabinoids (such as cannabidiol) are required to gain approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. Further, approved protocols may only utilize marijuana supplied by the University of Mississippi, the sole provider of cannabis for federally approved research.
An additional regulatory requirement mandating that the US Public Health Service review all clinical protocols was abolished last month.
In 2009, former DEA director Michele Leonhart set aside a 2007 administrative ruling demanding that the agency license non-government entities to produce cannabis for FDA-approved clinical research.
Last month, NIDA announced its intent to increase marijuana production. It is the second time this year the agency has sought permission to increase the amount of cannabis available for federally approved clinical research.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republican Todd Menzel (Campaign Facebook Page) of Columbus has announced that he is running for the 13th State Senate District seat.
Menzel is a business owner with 20 years of leadership experience, serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Menzel Enterprises, Inc. He says he is seeking office because he has real-life experience as an entrepreneur, rather than a longtime politician, to negotiate and bring common-sense solutions to Wisconsin. Campaign focuses will include the economy, helping small businesses, workforce development, education, police training and transportation.
My initial chat with Todd Menzel about cannabis reform and adult use legislation was positive, his immediate response was “Makes sense. The time has come.” Mr. Menzel complete the 2020 Candidate Questionnaire and I have published that below.
Can you imagine if Wisconsin replaces outgoing prohibitionist Senator Scott Fitzgerald with someone who supports legalizing marijuana for responsible adults? I can.
2020 Candidate Questionnaire
|Do you currently or have you previously held public office? (Required)*
|Over three dozen US states and territories, not including Wisconsin, are regulating marijuana for medical and/or adult-use, despite marijuana’s federal illegality. Ending federal prohibition would alleviate the tension between these states and the US government and allow states to set their own policies free from federal interference. Do you support or oppose ending the federal prohibition of marijuana?
|Please provide a position statement regarding legalizing the medical use of marijuana.
|The time has come to legalize medical cannabis. For the health and wellness of our population, we must realize the benefits for so many families across Wisconsin. For far too long Wisconsinites have suffered from chronic pain while we have a natural source of medicine right in front of our eyes. By legalizing medical cannabis Wisconsin will generate revenues that will be utilized to better serve our State’s needs as it pertains to infrastructure, education, property tax relief and more. Now is the time to command a better tomorrow for all of those who may benefit from a natural pain relief.
|Do you support or oppose decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana?
|Please provide a position statement regarding decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana.
|Similar to prohibition we are in an era of time that requires law makers to bring forth a common sense solution. By decriminalizing the possession of marijuana our police resources can better serve our communities through being tough on crime and our justice system will not be overwhelmed with these type of cases.
|The prohibition of marijuana allows for the disproportionate criminalization of black and brown Wisconsinites, despite similar rates of consumption across all races and ethnicities. The impacts of marijuana criminalization are far reaching and include long-lasting collateral consequences well beyond the criminal charge. Do you support the automatic expungement of non-violent marijuana possession convictions?
|Please provide a position statement regarding automatic expungement of non-violent marijuana possession convictions.
|I support the expungement of non violent convictions as long as the convicted has followed all court orders, community service, paid fines and fulfilled the conviction requirements as written in their case. Good people make mistakes. As Alfred told Bruce Wayne, “Why do we fall? To learn to pick ourselves back up!” As people we pick ourselves up and move forward. Our decision to correct the fall for the future displays integrity.
|Legalizing the responsible adult-use of marijuana provides states the opportunity to take marijuana off the street corner and place it behind an age-verified counter to better provide for consumer and public safety and prevent youth access. Taxing and regulating the adult-use of marijuana also provides economic stimulus through job creation and tax revenue. Do you support or oppose legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana by adults?
|Please provide a position statement regarding legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana by adults.
|By legalizing and regulating responsible use of marijuana Wisconsin will generate revenues that will be utilized to better serve our State’s needs as it pertains to infrastructure, education property tax relief and more. Regulation must be well thought out in order to take marijuana off of street corners. Thousands of good paying jobs would be created and ultimately filled by marijuana consumers! From growing plants to retail sales we can tap into a whole new industry where many expunged individuals may thrive in a business of opportunity.
Republicans hold a 20-12 majority in the Senate with this one vacancy.
The district includes parts of northeast Dane County, Northern Jefferson County and much of Dodge County.
After the primary is decided on Feb 16th, the special election for Senate District 13 will be held on April 6th, 2021, coinciding with the statewide 2021 spring election.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WHAT: Protest the current federal and Wisconsin marijuana laws
WHERE: Streets of Oshkosh around the general area of Target (1900 S Koeller St)
WHEN: 4:20pm Start Time
WHO: Statewide Cannabis Activists, Green Man and local supporters.
WHY: To help end marijuana prohibition by making public awareness of
HR – 2306 ‘The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011’
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced bi-partisan legislation on June 23, ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference. Other co-sponsors include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) [Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) signed on after initial release]. The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal. The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition. Leading critics of the war on marijuana explained its significance for state and national marijuana policy at a national tele-press conference
The legislation also comes on the heels of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which released a report on June 2 calling for a major paradigm shift in how our society deals with drugs, including calling for legal regulation of marijuana. The report sent a jolt around the world, generating thousands of international media stories. The commission is comprised of international dignitaries including Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Richard Branson, entrepreneur, founder of the Virgin Group; and the former Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland. Representing the U.S. on the commission are George P. Shultz, Paul Volcker, and John Whitehead.
Supporters of for the reform of the current marijuana laws are gathering for a peaceful demonstration calling for our leaders in Wisconsin to join in the coalition of forces working to change our our approach of criminalization and abandoned and replace the the ‘war on drugs’ with a more sophisticated and cost effective program of rehabilitation, such as the one in Portugal.
Members of the Northern Wisconsin chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and an the Cannabis Activist Green Man will be assisting area supporters in this rally.
For further information or media inquiries, please visit our website at https://www.northernwinorml.org, email email@example.com, or contact Jay directly at 920-410-2920.