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
- 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)
- 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 email@example.com
Do you manage a store in the City of Milwaukee and would like to collect signatures and be listed here? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Email us at email@example.com 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.
Milwaukee Legalization Ordinance