Wisconsin cannabis law reform efforts

Discussion in 'Marijuana Legalization' started by WisconsinNORML, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. I wanna become a member of Madison's NORML. What's the difference between a basic membership and a full membership?
  2. This year you get a shirt as a $42+ member and $4.20 is a membership by name only. We are just starting yearly membership fees, so this year it is optional.

    Contact: Wisconsin/Madison NORML - PO Box 3132 Madison, WI 53704 -
    madison@winorml.org - Wisconsin NORML


    On Tuesday June 16, 2011 from 9am-11am in Madison, the Wisconsin
    chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    (NORML) will note the 40th anniversary of the failed, trillion dollar
    "War on Drugs" with a picket outside the quarterly meeting of the
    Wisconsin State Controlled Substances Board.

    No longer can Wisconsin afford to spend taxpayer dollars on such a
    failure. As of June 2011, the war on drugs has persisted for 40
    years and surpassed a $trillion price tag yet has had little or no
    effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United States, has
    stifiled business, innovation, freedom and has contributed to America
    having the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.

    According to a recent report of The Global Commission on Drug Policy,
    "It is clear that the present system of applying the criminal law to
    the personal use and possession of drugs has failed in its aim.
    Conversely, the harms caused by pursuing this approach to drug use
    have been significant" and "the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates
    that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that
    the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won."

    In 1975, the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board held public
    hearings on Wisconsin's marijuana laws at 8 state locations. The
    results were an astounding 92% supported legalizing or decriminalizing
    cannabis. This came at a time when there was little discussion or
    understanding of the medical properties.

    Despite these findings, the Controlled Substances Board, like Nixon
    ignored the Shafer Commission in 1971, ignored the results. Instead,
    the Board became the driving force behind maintaining and sustaining
    marijuana prohibition in Wisconsin through the intervening decades up
    until today. It was the Controlled Substances Board who turned back
    marijuana decriminalization legislation in the late 1970s it was the
    Controlled Substances Board who helped kill the Jacki Rickert Medical
    Marijuana Act in 2010.

    Supporters will gather at the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and
    Licensing, 1400 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703 at 9am. The
    quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin State Controlled Substances Board
    begins at 9:30am and allows for public comment at the end of the

    Wisconsin NORML is a volunteer organization working to reform
    marijuana laws in Wisconsin. Wisconsin NORML holds the Annual Great
    Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival in the first weekend of October.
    Please join us and donate to Wisconsin NORML and help us end this unjust war.
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  4. Mayor Harter rejects pot proposal

    Mayor Harter rejects pot proposal

    La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter again has vetoed a move to make first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana a municipal rather than criminal offense.

    While it might be useful for police to have the option to issue a ticket and fine, Harter said Tuesday the community still perceives the ordinance as "this city is increasing tolerance on the use (of marijuana) and substance abuse."

    The proposal by District 3 Alderman Chris Olson would allow law enforcement to cite first-time possession of up to 7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as a municipal offense rather than misdemeanor.

    But the city's police department has indicated they do not want that option, Harter noted. If they do not plan to use it, "then there really is nothing good that's going to come out of it," he said.

    Olson called the veto "expected," even though the option would provide "a second chance for youth" and revenue to the city, half of which would go to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, program.

    The council passed the ordinance 11-4, but 12 votes would be needed to override the veto. Council members John Satory and Jai Johnson were absent Thursday and might support the measure, but there's no guarantee other council members won't change their vote in light of the veto, Olson said.

    Harter's veto of a similar measure in November ended up two votes shy of an override. If it again falls short, Olson said he will not bring the proposal back.

    "I'll let somebody else do it," Olson said. "I gave it my chance."

    The mayor also vetoed filling nine vacant city positions, including an assistant fire chief, a civil engineer and a building inspector.

    Harter said most of the departments have managed to perform "at a level that's acceptable" so far and the city needs time to examine its staffing levels before going forward with additional hiring.

    The council's votes on each hiring were near-unanimous so a veto override is possible, council president Audrey Kader said.
  5. Yay Waukesha county! Yeah, everytime I'm high in Madison I think how crazy it is that wisconsin isn't a medical mj state. I hope it changes soon. Is there any mj law reform groups in milwaukee? I will be moving thier soon.
  6. where in waukesha county you from?
  7. The dousman delafield area. West of waukesha
  8. #88 WisconsinNORML, Jun 17, 2011
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    It went great at the controlled substances board quarterly meeting. About 30 people showed up. 10-15 joined their meeting. The others held signs outside the building on East Washington Ave, a main thoroughfare in Madison.

    At the end there was public comment and about 5-6 people got up and spoke. It seemed to make quite an impact.

    This is our way right now. We will work towards rescheduling cannabis.

    Southeastern Wisconsin NORML meeting for members, prospective members and the general public starts June 20th at 7:00PM at the Brewing Grounds for Change Cafe, 2008 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1104.
    Southeastern WI Norml | Facebook

    Wisconsin/Madison NORML meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month , excluding major holidays, plus a couple extra times to be sure to keep current.
    The next two meetings are June 27 and July 11.
    In 2011, Wisconsin/Madison NORML will have two tiers of membership. Basic is $4.20 and Full membership is $42
    Location: Wil Mar Center Youth Room in basement 7-9pm, Wil Mar Center 953 Jenifer St. Madison, WI 53703.
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    Northern WI NORML Meeting
    Tuesday, July 19
    Appleton Public Library.
    225 N. Oneida St, Appleton, WI 54911-4780
    Northern Wisconsin NORML Official Website
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  11. A federal legalization bill will be officially introduced tomorrow morning.
  12. WHAT: A Cannabis Fair

    WHERE: Kendall Wisconsin (112 West South Railroad Street)

    WHEN: Saturday, July 23 · 12:00pm - 11:30pm

    WHO: Hemp Cannabis and Medical Marijuana Supporters from Wisconsin and beyond

    Woodpipes SmokeShoppe (WoodPipes SmokeShoppe | Facebook) in Kendall Wisconsin has announced via their Facebook page that they will be hosting “A Cannabis Fair” on Saturday July 23rd. I believe the event is free to the general public and additional information will be released shortly. The Facebook event (Aanmelden | Facebook) states:

    The fair will focus on the education of cannabis. Learn about every facet of this amazing plant. There is so very much you probably didn't know, Come find out what your missing icon smile A Cannabis Fair to Remember This is a get together for people of all opinions.

    Guest speakers are planned, including long time medical cannabis supporter Ed Thompson.

    For more information about the event, possible vending and other opportunities, please contact woodpipes@yahoo.com

    About Wood Pipes Smoke Shoppe and Speak Easy: For the Smoking enthusiast we have a full assortment of Pipes, Water pipes, Hookahs, Bubblers, One Hitters, and so much more. The little Smoke Shoppe that could…….

    We have all of the smoking accessories you desire at a price that is not too “High”
  13. Thats cool because Im from WI! I think it is getting better, I gotta say I was at a big fireworks show in Wittenburg Wi. with police and firemen, Man super conservitive area! but none the less they had fireworks named after weed like "Chronic" and stuff (yes they were glowing green and pretty) all the police and firemen were laughing and joking when the names of the 420 fireworks were anounced nobody seemed to have any problem with it. Not to mention all the drunks staggering around including myself were never harrased once, maybe things are changing up here to and we can get are freedome back, lets hope.
  14. Cannabis decriminalization passed in La Crosse as Council overrides Mayor's veto

    MADISON: The La Crosse City Council tonight overrode Mayor Matt Harter's veto of an ordinance that would make first-time possession of small amounts of cannabis a municipal infraction instead of a criminal offense.

    Read More: Cannabis decriminalization passed in La Crosse as Council overrides Mayor

    Medical Cannabis Referendum results should not be forgotten

    MADISON: July 15 marks the one year anniversary of the Dane County Board's vote to place a medical cannabis advisory referendum on county ballots for the November 2011 general election.

    Read More:
    Medical Cannabis Referendum results should not be forgotten - Madison norml | Examiner.com
  15. Greetings,

    Wisconsin/Madison NORML is looking for vendors for the 41st Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival.

    The Festival will be held in Madison, WI October 1st and 2nd, 2011. Below are the basics. See Vendors | 41st Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011 the vendor agreement.

    Not only are we at the end of the shopping district on State Street at the Library Mall (a large plaza with a raised area we use as a stage), the Wisconsin v. Nebraska football game, a prime time football game played only minutes away will generate much foot traffic throughout the day.

    Prepay only.

    Space to be rented is 10’ x 10’

    If you want to be a food vendor, please contact us for consideration.

    There will be limited electrical outlets available. Please let us know asap if you need electric.

    All space fees of $150.00 are non-refundable

    No guarantees there will be a slot available if you come the day of, and cost is $200

    Send checks to:
    Madison NORML
    PO Box 3132,
    Madison, WI

    Paypal Add special instructions to the seller: specify this is for Madison Hemp Fest. You can find the link at the bottom of Madison NORML or on madisonhempfest.com in the vendor section.

    Any questions? Please e-mail nate@winorml.org
  16. #97 WisconsinNORML, Jul 24, 2011
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  17. July 25, 2011

    Contact: Gary Storck FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    PO Box 3132
    Madison, WI 53704
    Tel. 608/241-8922
    Email: gstorck@immly.org
    Web address: Madison NORML

    Ed Thompson was awarded the first-ever Ben Masel 'Defender of Liberty' award by the Wisconsin and Madison chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) at 'A Cannabis Fair' in Kendall Wisconsin on Saturday. Dozens of attendees watched as the award was presented by Wisconsin NORML vice president Gary Storck, and Ed spoke for several minutes after accepting it. Jacki Rickert also spoke about her friendship with Ed.

    Thompson, a former Tomah Mayor, was the 2002 Libertarian candidate for Wisconsin governor and received over 10% of the vote on a platform that included protecting patients who use medical cannabis. Jacki Rickert, namesake of Wisconsin medical cannabis legislation - The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act" -- served as Thompson's Buffalo County campaign

    Ed Thompson has been battling pancreatic cancer since his diagnosis in 2010 while campaigning against State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) as a pro-medical cannabis Republican. He still nearly prevailed despite having to curtail campaigning due to his treatments. He is the brother
    of former Wisconsin Governor and US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

    Thompson also served with award namesake Ben Masel when Masel was active in the Libertarian Party. Ed's supper club in Tomah, the Tee Pee, has hosted several Wisconsin NORML state meetings including one in 2010 where Tommy Thompson dropped in to say hello to Ben Masel.

  18. South Beloit to prohibit sale of drug paraphernalia - Beloit Daily News: News
    Posted: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 11:20 am

    By Clint Wolf cwolf@beloitdailynews.com | 0 comments

    The South Beloit City Council adopted an ordinance banning the sale of drug paraphernalia during its meeting Monday.

    The new ordinance bans the sale of items such as water pipes, carbureted tubes, cocaine spoons and other devices that are used for those who partake in illegal drugs.

    The ordinance adopts the standards in the Illinois Cannabis Control Act and the Illinois Controlled Substance Act. However, the ordinance does not regulate synthetic marijuana products because state law does not allow the regulation of these substances. These products, which are marketed as incense, can produce a marijuana-like high when smoked. Wisconsin communities have banned these products because in July, Wisconsin state legislators passed a law allowing the ban of these substances.

    The city council began looking into an ordinance regulating drug paraphernalia after it was discovered some tobacco shops that recently have cropped up in South Beloit were selling these items. There has been an increase in tobacco shops because Wisconsin has a much higher tax on tobacco products compared to Illinois and customers cross the state line to buy the cheaper tobacco products.

    Mayor Mike Duffy had asked if the city can limit the number of permits for tobacco shops in the city. City Attorney Roxanne Sosnowski said the city could draft such an ordinance, but she did not think the ordinance would survive a legal challenge should a tobacco shop owner decide to challenge it.
  19. #100 JPGR, Aug 3, 2011
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    I am a non-violent, peace loving pot smoker from Whitewater Wisconsin. End this madness!

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