Milwaukee Marijuana Legalization Petition Update

For more information and continued updates, please see the Milwaukee Marijuana Legalization Petition page.

 

For those who don’t know, on May 31st we started an official petition to get a referendum on the November ballot to legalize marijuana in the City of Milwaukee. To qualify for the November ballot we need to collect at least 27,957 *valid* signatures by July 28th.

MORE BUSINESSES COLLECTING SIGNATURES!

I am happy to announce that 3 more businesses are making our petitions available!

  • Pipe Dreams (2644 S Kinnickinnic Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207)
  • Tess Beauty Supply (2637 W National Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203) and (275 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203)
  • Cents Gifts (901 E Center St Milwaukee, WI 53212)

 

Currently (as of June 21st) there are 7 businesses collecting signatures. If you want to sign the petition, we recommend visiting one of these locations:

East Side:

  • Closet Classics (1000 E North Ave Milwaukee, WI 53212)
  • Art Smarts Dart Mart and Juggling Emporium (1695 N Humboldt Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202)
  • Rochambo Coffee & Tea House (1317 E Brady St Milwaukee, WI 53202)
  • Green Fields Trading Co (1800 N Farwell Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202)
  • Cents Gifts (901 E Center St Milwaukee, WI 53212)

South Side:

  • Pipe Dreams (2644 S Kinnickinnic Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207)
  • Tess Beauty Supply (2637 W National Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203) and (275 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203)

Check out the Milwaukee Marijuana Legalization Petition page for an always up-to-date list of businesses where you can sign.

SUMMERFEST

Summerfest starts this week, and we need all the help we can get collecting signatures outside the gates. With enough help, we could realistically collect all the signatures we need just from Summerfest!

 

We’re looking for dozens of volunteers to help us with this each day, especially from 5-10PM when the most people are going into the festival.

 

If you can help any time of any day at Summerfest, please email us, or message us on Facebook

 

We’ll have extra clipboards and petition forms available, so if you see us collecting while your on your way into the festival, please consider asking for a clipboard and spending some time collecting signatures with us. You don’t have to commit much time, even just 15 minutes would be a great help.

IMPACT OF THE PETITION

The success of this petition is very important to our overall strategy this year and the impact of this initiative will go far beyond just the City of Milwaukee. We’ll be sending a strong message – right as the election season heats up – that the people of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin, want marijuana legalized and that we are an organized group that can not be ignored. The media coverage and public discussion we will create will make legalization an issue in this year’s election and will allow us to pressure candidates to support legalization as well as mobilize voters to elect those pro-legalization candidates.

 

Showing that we are organized enough to pull off a successful petition of this scale will also attract support and funding to push legalization as an issue in this election. Large donors and national organizations want to see that we are a worthwhile investment, and this success with this will be that proof. Imagine funding for television ads and billboards promoting pro-legalization candidates in Wisconsin! And although our supporters are great in number, many of them are apathetic and currently believe that there is nothing they can do that will actually change anything, saying things like “It will never happen in Wisconsin”, “The government will never listen to us”, or “It’s just a matter of time, we just need to wait”. Once our initiative in Milwaukee is successful, we will show them that we can make this happen in Wisconsin, that we can force the government to listen to us, and that now is the time to push for legalization of marijuana!

 

So please find some time to volunteer and make this the beginning of the end for marijuana prohibition in Wisconsin.

For more information and continued updates, please see the Milwaukee Marijuana Legalization Petition page.

Welcome to SE Wisconsin NORML

Milwaukee Marijuana Legalization Petition

WHAT IS THIS PETITION FOR?

On May 31st we started an official petition to get a referendum on the November ballot to legalize marijuana in the City of Milwaukee! To qualify for the November ballot we need to collect at least 27,957 *valid* signatures in 60 days.

The success of this petition is very important to our overall strategy this year and the impact of this initiative will go far beyond just the City of Milwaukee. We’ll be sending a strong message – right as the election season heats up – that the people of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin, want marijuana legalized and that we are an organized group that can not be ignored. The media coverage and public discussion we will create will make legalization an issue in this year’s election and will allow us to pressure candidates to support legalization as well as mobilize voters to elect those pro-legalization candidates.

Showing that we are organized enough to pull off a successful petition of this scale will also attract support and funding to push legalization as an issue in this election. Large donors and national organizations want to see that we are a worthwhile investment, and this success with this will be that proof. Imagine funding for television ads and billboards promoting pro-legalization candidates in Wisconsin! And although our supporters are great in number, many of them are apathetic and currently believe that there is nothing they can do that will actually change anything, saying things like “It will never happen in Wisconsin”, “The government will never listen to us”, or “It’s just a matter of time, we just need to wait”. Once our initiative in Milwaukee is successful, we will show them that we can make this happen in Wisconsin, that we can force the government to listen to us, and that now is the time to push for legalization of marijuana!

To make all this happen we need the help of activists like you! So please continue reading to learn how you can assist and seriously consider volunteering some time. Even a little bit adds up quickly, and a single devoted activist can have a very large impact.

PLACES TO SIGN THE PETITION

East Side:

  • Closet Classics (1000 E North Ave Milwaukee, WI 53212)
  • Art Smarts Dart Mart and Juggling Emporium (1695 N Humboldt Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202)
  • Rochambo Coffee & Tea House (1317 E Brady St Milwaukee, WI 53202)
  • Green Fields Trading Co (1800 N Farwell Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202)
  • Cents Gifts (901 E Center St Milwaukee, WI 53212)

South Side:

  • Pipe Dreams (2644 S Kinnickinnic Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207)
  • Tess Beauty Supply (2637 W National Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203) and (275 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203)

Keep checking for more stores to be added!

Suggestions for stores to reach out to are appreciated. Please contact us at admins@sewisconsinnorml.org

Do you manage a store in the City of Milwaukee and would like to collect signatures and be listed here? Contact us at admins@sewisconsinnorml.org

WHO CAN SIGN/WHAT’S A VALID SIGNATURE?

For a signature to be valid the signer (Make sure the signer meets these criteria *before* signing, please):

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must live in the City of Milwaukee (no suburbs)
  • Must have signed within 60 days prior to the submission of the petition (between May 31th and July 29th)
  • Must *not* be currently serving a felony sentence (jail/prison/probation/parole); felons who are *no longer* on probation/parole *can* sign
  • Must not have already signed (Duplicate signatures are thrown out, but the original still counts. So all signing multiple times hurts is our estimate of how many signatures we have)

WHO CAN COLLECT SIGNATURES?

To collect signatures (“circulate the petition” in legal terms) the circulator:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must *not* be currently serving a felony sentence (jail/prison/probation/parole); felons who are *no longer* on probation/parole *can* collect signatures.

Basically, the rules are the same for circulating petitions and signing them, except that signers need to live in the City of Milwaukee and circulators/collectors can be any US citizen.

WHERE CAN SIGNATURES BE COLLECTED?

Signatures can be collected on any public property (sidewalks, parks) and any private property *with the consent of the property owner*. Collecting signatures on sidewalks outside of music and sporting venues and at public events at public parks is allowed and encouraged, but don’t try to collect the signatures inside the venues or in their parking lots as you may be asked to leave or get in trouble.

You are also legally allowed to go door-to-door to collect signatures. If you do, please let us know where you went so we don’t duplicate effort.

HOW CAN I HELP?

We need as many people to help collecting signatures as we can get.

  • You can get petition forms from SE Wisconsin NORML at any meeting or event we are present at (see below). Or email us atadmins@sewisconsinnorml.org or contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/winorml or facebook.com/SouthEasternWINORML to request petition forms and more info.

  • Look at the list of events we want covered (below) and let us know which events you can help with. You don’t have to contact us to collect signatures at an event, but we’d like to have an idea of how many people will be covering an event.

  • Let us know of other good places to collect signatures. We already have a good list (below), but if you can add to it, please let us know!

  • Collect signatures on your own or with friends. The next section has a list of ideas.

  • Once you’ve collected signatures, bring them to any event where the SE Wisconsin NORML leadership will be present (see below), or contact us and we’ll arrange a way to get them from you.

HERE ARE SOME GENERAL IDEAS OF HOW YOU CAN COLLECT SIGNATURES:

  • Ask friends and family to sign
  • Bring petitions to parties
  • Collect signatures at your job (with your manager’s approval)
  • If you own/manage a store, collect signatures there (And let us know so we can direct people to you)
  • If you organize events, collect signatures there (And let us know so we can direct people to you)
  • Go door-to-door
  • Outside concert venues after concerts (The Rave, Turner Hall, The Pabst, The Riverside, Shank Hall, The Miramar. Other ideas? Let us know!). Remember to stay on sidewalks and off the venue’s property unless you get explicit permission.
  • High traffic public areas (Brady St, North Ave, Farwell Ave, Oakland Ave, Kinnickinnic Ave, Downtown. Other ideas? Let us know!)
  • UWM Campus

THESE ARE EVENTS/PLACES WE WANT TO HAVE COVERED:

Please contact us at admins@sewisconsinnorml.org or contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/winormlor facebook.com/SouthEasternWINORML if you want to help collect signatures at these events so we can coordinate appropriately.

Even if you don’t contact us first, feel free to come and help out.

  • Outside of Summerfest. Everyday. A dozen or more people if possible during busy times. We expect to collect thousands of signatures this way
  • Jazz in the Park (Thursdays at Cathedral Square from 5-9PM starting June 5th)
  • Chill on the Hill in Bayview at Humboldt Park (Tuesdays at 6pm starting on June 3rd)
  • Brady Street Festival – July 26th
  • Bastille Days – July 10-13
  • Riverwest 24 – July 25-26, 2014 | 7pm – 7pm
  • Other ideas? Let us know!

HOW TO CONTACT US

IN PERSON AT EVENTS

  • SE WI NORML Meeting: June 22nd 4:20-6:20 PM at Pony’s Bar and Grill, 5132 South Packard Avenue, Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110
  • SE WI NORML Meeting: July 6th 4:20-6:20 PM at Pony’s Bar and Grill, 5132 South Packard Avenue, Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110

More to be announced soon!

ONLINE

Email us at admins@sewisconsinnorml.org or contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/winormlor facebook.com/SouthEasternWINORML

PETITION FORMS AND ORDINANCE TEXT

We already have thousands of forms printed, so you can just get them from us. But for your reference and personal printing ability, here are the petition form and ordinance text in PDF format. If you want to print your own to collect signatures, **YOU MUST STAPLE THE ORDINANCE TEXT TO THE PETITION FORM** in order to satisfy the legal requirements of the petition.

Petition Form

Milwaukee Legalization Ordinance

Milwaukee Legalization Initiative Petition Kickoff!

Continuing the momentum within Wisconsin following the recent Milwaukee Marijuana March and food drive initiative being the largest in recent history as well as collecting over 800 Lbs of food for the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee.  We are having a Milwaukee Legalization Initiative Kickoff Party in Gordon Park on May 31st.

Join us as we begin collecting signatures to put a marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot in Milwaukee!

We will have 60 days to collect 27,957+ signatures to get our initiative on the ballot. With your help, we can make this happen!

Meeting our goal will send a strong message that will be heard around the state and will help make legalization a significant issue in the upcoming election. The impact will reach much farther than just Milwaukee, so even if you aren't a Milwaukee resident, please consider lending a hand.

Last year, 2013 Milwaukee Marijuana March

Gordon Park 2013 Milwaukee Marijuana March 

Come out to Gordon Park sometime between noon and 6PM on Saturday May 31st to learn how you can help collect signatures and get petition forms so you can get started right away. We'll also be providing free burgers from the Blazin' BBQ Grill!

If you've always wanted to help the cause, but weren't sure how, this is your chance!

As long as you're a US who is eligible to vote (18+, not on felony probation/parole; Felons who are no longer under supervision *are* allowed), you can collect signatures. If you're a Milwaukee resident eligible to vote, you can sign the petition as well.

We'll be turning in the petition July 29th, so we need all the petition forms back before that day. The sooner the better so we can know where we're at. We'll be hosting more collection events like this during the summer and organizing groups to canvass large events such as Summerfest, so you can return filled petition forms in at those events or public meetings of Southeastern Wisconsin NORML. Or contact us to arrange something.

Non-solicitation laws don't apply to official petitions like this, so you can collect signatures anywhere on public property (sidewalks, parks, etc) and go door-to-door.

Signature collection ideas:

- Friends and family
- Bring petition to parties
- Ask your boss if you can collect signatures from customers at work
- Outside of events you attend, such as concerts or sports (just stay on public property, ie: sidewalk, unless you have the venue's permission)
- Outside of bars
- Go door-to-door
- If you are or know a business owner, have them contact Wisconsin NORML or Southeastern Wisconsin NORML to get involved.

*** Just make sure the signer is a Milwaukee resident 18 years or older and isn't on serving a felony sentence (probation/parole). Felons who are no longer under supervision *are* allowed to sign and collect signatures***

We're hoping to collect a lot of signatures around Milwaukee this day, so we'll have a list of prime locations to collect signatures and keep track of who's petitioning where so we can cover as much ground as possible to get off to a great start! When you decide you're done, just bring the signed petition forms back to us and we can send more activists to continue covering the area.

We'll also be organizing groups to canvass large events like street festivals, and outside Summerfest. If you know of any public events that would be good to collect signatures at, please let us know!

Come out to Gordon Park May 31st from noon-6 pm and sign up to volunteer and/or start collecting signatures that day!

4th Annual Milwaukee Marijuana March & Fill-A-Bowl Food Drive

4th Annual

Milwaukee Marijuana March

Saturday May 3rd 2014

Take part in the 4th Annual Milwaukee Marijuana March and Food Drive! Meet at 4:00pm at Kilbourn Park, then join us as we march to City Hall and back! Bring signs and friends! A good time will be had by all as we show our support for legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin!

After the march is concluded we will be be at Closet Classics 1000 E. North Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212.  Literally a couple blocks from the park.  We'll be taking donations for burgers and stuff, we have our new WI NORML shirts black and white from S-4XL get them tomorrow at the march.  The shirts will also be available at Closet Classics.

Do not miss this! Come have a great time while showing support for a great cause.  Which we believe is just common sense policy.   No one should go to jail for a plant!

Last year, 2013 Milwaukee Marijuana March

Last year, 2013 Milwaukee Marijuana March

The walk is less than 4 miles, and should take about an hour and a half. This route is a little longer than last years, but not by much. We are also holding a Hunger Task Force, Inc. food drive to help feed the children that aren't getting the school lunches throughout the summer.

If you're coming to the march, PLEASE, bring a non-perishable food item or 10 to donate to a great cause! 

The following is a list of preferred non-perishable items to donate:

Canned fruit and juice Breakfast items, such as cereal, oatmeal and pancake mix.

High protein foods such as peanut butter, canned meats, canned beans and stews.

Canned vegetables, Infant formula and baby food.

Dinner items such as pasta, macaroni & cheese and potato mixes.

Lunch items such as canned soups or canned pasta items.

Brought to you by Southeastern WI Norml, Wisconsin NORML, Legalize Wisconsin, Wisconsin ASA, and Parents 4 Pot.

 

The Time Is NOW. Be The Change Wisconsin Needs!

So, you consume Cannabis, or not. You want to feed less fortunate, or not. You interested in registering to vote to help change laws, or not. You want to hang with like minded individuals for a day of great food, music and people?

Open For business

Open For business

We're talking about the 4th Annual Milwaukee Marijuana March! Do you want to help be the change we need here in Wisconsin?! We need you to be participatory and involved in the local political scene in order to change the way Wisconsin reflects it's views regarding Cannabis.

This year Southeastern Wisconsin NORML is coordinating the 4th annual Milwaukee Marijuana March, voter registration drive, food drive, and of course we'll be announcing the signature petition drive.

Activist actionIf you want to become involved and help, the time is now. Email us at Admins@SEWisconsinNORML.org and let us know if you would like to join and/or volunteer, help collect signature or to donate.  The next SE Wisconsin NORML meeting is April 27th, this is the last meeting before the March, come out and show support!

We are doing everything possible to make 2014 a policy shifting year for Wisconsin.  Many organizations are coming together to make this change a reality and for that we thank you, Wisconsin ASA,  The Ben Masel Project, Parent4Pot WisconsinWisconsin NORML, Madison NORML, NWisconsin NORML.

Don't forget to donate to the Wisconsin Marijuana Billboard to help spread the truth concerning OUR politicians stonewalling a comprehensive medical bill in Wisconsin. Billboard2

This is the year.

No longer will we live in fear.

If we want to change the way we're treated

We must stand and demand it until they've retreated.

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