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?
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.
If 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 Wisconsin, Wisconsin 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.
SEATTLE (AP) - A primary backer of Washington's legalization of marijuana is reporting a massive drop in pot possession charges last year. [This is great news and the rest of the country should take notice. However I think that a "Told ya so" is in order here, no?!]
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says court filings for misdemeanor marijuana posssesion by adults over 21 years old totaled just 120 cases in 2013, a huge drop from 5,531 cases in 2012.
The 120 cases filed last year likely concerned people caught with more than the ounce of weed they're allowed to have under Washington law, but less than 40 grams, which can trigger felony possession charges.
ACLU lawyer Mark Cooke says the data suggest legalization has helped free up police and prosecutorial resources. [What the Cannabis community and activist population has known for years now, common sense policy put in place further proves. Making nature legal will free up law enforcement officers to pursue violent criminals that are a threat to real people. Removing the "War" against the victim-less plant and patients, will free up real time so real cops can concentrate on real criminals to help prevent, would be, real victims!]
But the organization also says racial bias concerns persist: Among the 120 cases last year, African American adults remained almost three times more likely than whites to face charges. [Which is even more motivation and incentives to change laws here in Wisconsin. Since Wisconsin is 6x more likely to criminalize our African-American counterparts for Cannabis possession charges]
Wisconsin NORML will be in Milwaukee Saturday, March 15th! Providing information on how you can become part of the change we need!! Legalize Hemp and Cannabis! NWisconsin Norml & Southeastern WI Norml will be attending the event passing out information as well as fliers for the 4th Annual Milwaukee Marijuana March.
With the current political climate and media hype surrounding Medical Cannabis as well as recreational consumption due to the recent Colorado full legalization move, Wisconsin has been right there in the forefront of forward moving legislation, as usual. Thanks to Representative Melissa Sargent, D-Madison.
"Sargent said she came to support legalization after extensive research on the subject, which convinced her that marijuana was less dangerous than many legal substances, including tobacco and alcohol, and that the prosecution of pot-related offenses is a waste of money that disproportionately harms people of color.
Furthermore, she believes, pot legalization actually presents a number of economic opportunities, including the growth in pot-related industry in the state and resulting tax revenue for state and local governments. She hinted that she would like to subject marijuana to a tax similar to the hefty one that the state currently levies on cigarettes.
"There is a lot of potential for job growth — people manufacturing equipment as well as businesses that would be selling and distributing.....the cultivation of marijuana without a permit or the possession of more than 20 grams of the drug would be a felony offense, meaning those caught with, say, 25 grams of pot would be subject to stiffer penalties than under current state law, which currently classifies first offense possession as a misdemeanor.
Pot sales would also be prohibited to those under the age of 21.
Although Sargent said that some of her Democratic colleagues have applauded her for pursuing the issue and have expressed an interest in joining her cause, she was not certain yet whether any legislators would sign on to co-sponsor the bill.
She said she recently told members of the Assembly Democratic caucus that she did not expect party leadership to champion the issue, that she welcomed support from any colleagues but that she was pursuing the bill on her own.
She has not yet discussed the issue with members of the GOP majority.
"I would be doing a disservice to the community if I wasn't opening the door," she said.
Read more: The Cap Times
"Wisconsin Representative Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, has introduced a measure to legalize Cannabis for the medical and recreational possession of up to a half ounce for residents and a quarter ounce for non-residents. LRB 3671, the memo concludes, "LRB 3671/1 would create a regulatory framework for marijuana possession and distribution. It would also standardize age of use as well as penalties for operating while under the influence. "
According to the Legislative Reference Bureau analysis, LRB-3671/1 would allow adult state residents to "to possess no more than one-half an ounce of marijuana, 8 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, or 36 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form." Out of state adults would be able to possess up to half those amounts.
The bill also includes provisions for obtaining a permit to grow and distribute cannabis. There is no provision for home grown cannabis as Colorado's Amendment 64 has, which allows cultivation of six plants." Gary Stork, Madison NORML Examiner
We here in Wisconsin aren't sitting around, allowing Cannabis and Hemp to become swept under the rug. We have been busy organizing and rallying for what we want in every aspect, medical, responsible adult use, and industrial Hemp. First and most importantly though, Cannabis for the patients in need of a safe alternative to potentially deadly pharmaceuticals.
We, as patients in Wisconsin, need safe and legal access to Cannabis to improve our quality of life and to reduce our pain without relying on a deadly opiate/narcotic. Cannabis allows this without the harmful side effects, terrible addiction, and the horrible withdrawals of some medication.
“Pain is a big problem in America and chronic pain is a reason many people utilize the health care system,” said the paper’s lead author, Donald Abrams, MD, professor of clinical medicine at UCSF and chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). “And chronic pain is, unfortunately, one of the problems we’re least capable of managing effectively.”
In a paper published this month in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, researchers examined the interaction between cannabinoids and opiates in the first human study of its kind. They found the combination of the two components reduced pain more than using opiates alone, similar to results previously found in animal studies." ~UCSF Edu
Wisconsin is also experiencing an ugly Heroin epidemic. If you, personally, don't know someone that has died from an overdose, you probably know someone that does. The reason we are seeing the increase in deaths and an increase in use in general has nothing to do with Cannabis use or any "Gateway" theory. We are seeing this epidemic in surrounding areas in which they place "Pain Clinics" or "Pain Management Facilities".
It's no secret that prescription related deaths are on the rise and now have surpassed the deaths related to both cocaine and heroin, combined.
What Do We Know?
The role of prescription painkillers
Although many types of prescription drugs are abused, there is currently a growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers—also called opioid pain relievers. The unprecedented rise in overdose deaths in the US parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of these strong painkillers.4 These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.
The misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers was responsible for more than 475,000 emergency department visits in 2009, a number that nearly doubled in just five years.
More than 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers nonmedically in 2010, that is, using them without a prescription or for the feeling they cause.
The role of alcohol and other drugs
About one-half of prescription painkiller deaths involve at least one other drug, including benzodiazepines, cocaine, and heroin. Alcohol is also involved in many overdose deaths." Center for Disease Control CDC.gov
Many opiate patients as well as heroin addicts notice less reliance on their opiates and/or heroin once introduced to medical Cannabis.
UCSF Study Finds Medical Marijuana Could Help Patients Reduce Pain with Opiates
"Abrams and his colleagues studied 21 chronic pain patients in the inpatient Clinical and Transitional Science Institute’s Clinical Research Center at SFGH: 10 on sustained-release morphine and 11 on oxycodone. After obtaining opiate levels from patients at the start of the study, researchers exposed them to vaporized cannabis for four consecutive days. On the fifth day, they looked again at the level of opiate in the bloodstream. Because the level of morphine was slightly lower in the patients, and the level of oxycodone was virtually unchanged, “one would expect they would have less relief of pain and what we found that was interesting was that instead of having less pain relief, patients had more pain relief,” Abrams said. “So that was a little surprising.”
The morphine group came in with a pain score of about 35, and on the fifth day, it decreased to 24 – a 33 percent reduction. The oxycodone group came in with an average pain score of about 44, and it reduced to 34 – a drop of 20 percent. Overall, patients showed a significant decrease in their pain.
“This preliminary study seems to imply that people may be able to get away perhaps taking lower doses of the opiates for longer periods of time if taken in conjunction with cannabis,” Abrams said." UCSF
To allow one more opiate/heroin overdose while denying the fact that Cannabis hold medicinal properties is absurd. Also denying the availability, access, or the opportunity to Cannabis in an attempt to help relieve an opiate/heroin craving in hopes that it might save them, seems ridiculous to me. Completely avoidable deaths directly related to our out of date policy and unjust laws concerning an all natural plant, Cannabis.
Cannabis has been recognized in 20 states for having medicinal properties. How many states will move forward before it's recognized federally. They already have the patents claiming the medical benefits they deny. US Patent #66030507 Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuro-protectants & Phytocannabinoids in the treatment of cancer US 20130059018. How can they allow this pharmaceutical deception that leads to needless suffering and death continue, while an all natural herb holds a property and essence that reduces the deadly craving that might save a life?
Wisconsin has been fighting for years to put in place The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA), it provides that the Wisconsin Legislature enact legislation allowing residents with debilitating medical conditions to acquire and possess marijuana for medical purposes if supported by their physician. Efforts by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempeleau),Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha), Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison), Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo), Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay), Rep. Diane Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood), Rep. Sony Pope (D-Cross Plains), Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Jon Erpenbach m(D-Middleton), Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville), Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee), Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) all come to a screeching halt while being stonewalled by Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwautosa and Gov. Walker being high on "Reefer Madness"!?
"Vukmir said she would continue to oppose the bill and criticized the bill sponsors as using unethical means to get support....“What I resent most is this façade you are putting forth, using people who are dying of cancer, using people who have other illnesses, as your shield, and I think it’s something more than a ruse for you to move towards full legalization of marijuana,” Vukmir said in public hearing in 2009. “I wish you would come right out and admit that.” The Badger Herald
The sometimes, somehow, more controversial subject is recreational "pot". Is this becoming the new conversation. Adults, tourists, business owners and employees all legally, in Colorado, began to reap the benefits on New Years day, 2014.
January 1st 2014 in Colorado, allowed the first regulated retail customers of marijuana in the United States. In the first day of sales alone, retail stores reported more than $1 million in profit, and more than $5 million throughout the first week. This historic event was pulled off without a hitch, as Denver Police reported issuing only four marijuana citations, and one Denver City councilman reported being a convert.
Within the first week Colorado realized the potential.
"Colorado expects to take in about $184 million in tax revenue from marijuana in the first 18 months after legislation -- and much of that money will be funneled into teaching kids to stay away from pot."
The amounts of money and the way it's going to educate the children about the, so called, harmful aspects of Cannabis is being questioned by many of the taxpayers who were under the assumption the first $40Million of the excised taxes were to go for "Public School construction" not for "youth prevention". The way it was voted on it was expected, to give that money to the school system as stated above. Why deviate from the proposed plan on which the voters voted for great reasoning, to improve their schools? However, that much money to be disagreeing about would definitely be a plus. Rather than what we recently witnessed here in Wisconsin.
With freezing temperatures a common occurrence this 2014 winter, people are running out of propane. Walker is doing what any leader would do in this time of need, ask for help.
"Gov. Scott Walker has called on President Barack Obama to help ease the propane shortage.
The Wisconsin Republican sent the president a letter Saturday urging his administration to establish and lead a propane supply chain working group to help move propane from where it’s available to where it’s needed." ~Madison AP
Perhaps with the assistance of the taxes from a recreational Cannabis market on top of an entire Hemp industry waiting to be embellished upon, Wisconsin wouldn't require this assistance.
Wisconsin grew an exceptionally well amount of Hemp. So well actually, that Wisconsin farmers were allowed to grow Hemp until the last crop grown in Wisconsin in 1958. If you are unaware of the "Hemp for Victory" campaign ran by the US government for World War II. It was to maintain the necessary amount of Hemp for the armed forces; rope, parachute, cord, uniforms, equipment sacks, etc. Kentucky and Wisconsin were the two states utilized the most for their vast land available and nutrition for their 20'+ Hemp stalks also noted in the "Hemp for Victory" video.
Wisconsin's soil and climate is perfect and allows the ability to grow an immense crop of Hemp. This information plus being armed with the knowledge of what's possible with Hemp today, in 2014. Why would we not grow it, utilize it, make the most of it? Hemp can make biodegradable plastics.
"Hemp Plastic Products for The 21st Century
Currently, the amount of hemp plastic products commercially available is somewhat limited, mainly due to the restrictions on growing industrial hemp (and all other forms of cannabis) in most of the world. However, there are companies making great progress in bringing hemp plastic into mainstream use for items such as CD and DVD cases, consumer electronics, and even musical instruments. Examples of these can be seen in the Hash Marijuana & Hemp Museum, and one of the highlights of the Collection is an electric guitar with a body made entirely from hemp plastic." ~HashMuseum.com
Utilizing Hemp for all of our plastic needs, will have a dramatic effect on our landfills and recycling efforts. Honestly, recycling uses lots of energy not to mention the pollution involved in the process. Why do we still produce plastics from this dirty fossil fuel based polymer when the technology is available to make a biodegradable plastic with Hemp?
Hemp has the potential to replace our reliance on fossil fuel. A filthy non-renewable resource. Never really intended as our main source of fuel. Henry Ford along with Rudolph Diesel, both, intended their engines to run from Hemp. At the time a very commonly used natural plant for it's oil which could be extracted and pressed from it's seeds, stalks, and flower. It was in 1940 when Henry Ford created actual car panels containing cellulose fibers from Hemp. Click here for a video displaying the amazing potential of Hemp as a replacement for steel.
Radical Russ Belville said it best, "Marijuana isn't illegal because Cannabis is a drug. Cannabis is illegal because Hemp is an oil." It's a sad truth, our government, those we elect into power continue to perpetuate these lies and misconceptions for profit and control rather than utilizing Hemp and Cannabis for bettering humanity with compassion.
Hemp can replace our reliance on fossil fuel. Cannabis can replace the prescription pill epidemic and the avoidable deaths associated with them. Cannabis can give the people of this planet the choice, for the first time, that would include a safer alternative than alcohol. For the first time Cannabis would allow the healing of the nations rather than allowing alcohol abuse and domestic violence tear the family structure apart from the inside.
Denny Davis said,
"A house is made of brick and stone--
a home is made of love alone."
Well the future of Cannabis involves no more sticks and trees to build the homes. No more will Wisconsin be so reliant on the beautiful Northwoods and it's deforestation and endanger our wonderful wildlife. With a Hemp and Lime mixture comes a building material that would replace trees and the need for timber.
"Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. The hemp core or “Shiv” has a high silica content which allows it to bind well with lime. This property is unique to hemp among all natural fibers. The result is a lightweight cementitious insulating material weighing about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete. Fully cured hempcrete blocks float in a bucket of water. It is not used as a structural element, only as insulating infill between the frame members though it does tend to reduce racking. All loads are carried by internal framing. Wood stud framing is most common making it suitable for low-rise construction. Hempcrete buildings ten stories high have been built in Europe." ~http://www.americanlimetechnology.com/what-is-hempcrete/
With all this knowledge regarding what Hemp can do for us, not only here in Wisconsin, but everyone around the world. Countries everywhere could benefit from legal Cannabis and an Industrial Hemp based economy.
"The president of Uruguay has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. According to his advocates, José “Pepe” Mujica's much talked-about marijuana legalization is in fact "a tool for peace and understanding."
For the second year in a row, the Drugs Peace Institute, which has supported Mujica’s marijuana legalization drive since 2012, insisting that the consumption of marijuana should be protected as a human right, has endorsed his candidacy, along with members of Mujica's leftwing political party the Frente Amplio, the PlantaTuPlanta (Collective of Uruguayan growers) and the Latin American Coalition of Cannabis Activists (CLAC)." ~RT.com
Peace and unity is involved with Cannabis. Not violence and chaos. Why allow the current policy makers continue this destructive course for our youth in suggesting alcohol is safer than Cannabis. Walker discussing his view that Cannabis is still a "Gateway drug" and his stance that alcohol being safer than Cannabis or at least the difference between the two. You be the judge.
“They said when they talked about heroin and meth and other issues that they were still very concerned that (marijuana) was a gateway drug,” he said.
He further rejected comparisons between pot and booze, suggesting that people can enjoy themselves responsibly over beers in a way that they can’t by sharing a joint."
Read more: The Cap Times
I will say the old "gateway theory" that Governor Walker is clinging onto so desperately has been debunked many times. Prohibition has never worked. It was a failure throughout early 20th century, creating violent criminals like Al Capone. Willing to fight and kill over the control, sales, and distribution of the illegal, non-regulated alcohol sales. Same thing happens today placing Cannabis in an illegal, unregulated black-market. Violence being the only form of enforcement, again, creating gangs and cartels. More tax free money straight to these illegal organizations directly from the sale and distribution of illegal Cannabis. Not to mention the ridiculous outlawing of Hemp that came along with this "Reefer Madness"!
Currently in Wisconsin there are Senator Vukmir and Governor Walker among others, denying the science and facts surrounding Cannabis and Hemp. Also the fact that while in power Sen. Vukmir will not abide by the right of the people and allow a public hearing on this new updated Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act. With this type of shenanigans taking place in Wisconsin, blocking common sense policy and intentionally not allowing public hearings. The people that have created Wisconsin and established the power of the people throughout Wisconsin, need to rise up and TAKE OUR WISCONSIN BACK! Legalize Cannabis and Hemp, open up for business it's time we move Wisconsin FORWARD, once again!
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