Announcing the 7th Annual Milwaukee Marijuana March

In keeping with tradition, the 7th Annual Milwaukee Marijuana March will be held on the first Saturday in May: Saturday May 6th at Gordon Park! We will be one of hundreds of cities around the world marching for an end to marijuana prohibition!

Meet up at 3:30 at Gordon Park (1321 E Locust St, Milwaukee). We will have a couple guest speakers to get you energized, then we'll start marching at 4pm.

In past years, the Milwaukee Marijuana March has attracted thousands to speak out against marijuana prohibition. Let's make this year the biggest yet and send a powerful message in these times of change, that marijuana prohibition needs to end!

Bring signs, noise makers, and all of your friends! This will be a protest against the injustice of prohibition that will be heard all the way to Madison!

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Binding-Legislation Initiatives to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

Introducing SE WI NORML's Decriminalization Initiatives

As you may know, the Wisconsin constitution does not allow state-wide ballot initiatives, which is how legalization was passed in Colorado, Washington, California, etc. However, Wisconsin law does allow ballot initiatives to change ordinances in cities and villages in the state.

In order to get an ordinance vote on the ballot, it is required to collect signatures equal to 15% of the number of people within that city or village who voted in the last governor's election, and those signatures must all be collected and turned in within 60 days.

SE WI NORML is targeting two local villages for new ordinances. We cannot legalize cannabis within just a village or city (the state police would arrest everyone who tried to sell or openly possession cannabis), so we're doing the most we possibly can: lowering the fines for possession (currently as much as $2000) to only $5!

At 6pm on January 31st, (Facebook event) SE WI NORML will be meeting at Closet Classics (1000 E North Ave, Milwaukee) to plan and discuss these initiatives.

Collecting Signatures (canvassing)

On February 4th (Facebook event), we'll start our decriminalization initiative in West Milwaukee, a village that only requires 187 signatures to force a ballot initiative. We plan to collect at least 250 signatures to ensure enough are considered valid (more on that below), and we hope that you'll help us make quick work of the signature collecting!

Meet us at 1pm on Feb 4 at West Milwaukee Park (4928 W Burnham St) if you would like to help with the initiative. We will train you on how to go door-to-door to collect petition signatures, give you all the materials you need, and then assign you an area within the 1 sq mile village to go canvass. If we get a couple dozen volunteers, we can finish West Milwaukee in just a couple hours.

In March, we will start a similar petition effort in Shorewood, which requires 1,055 signatures to force a ballot initiative. This will give us time to ensure that everything went smoothly with submitting the petition in West Milwaukee before we move on to a much larger village.

The Future

After we complete Shorewood, we will move on to more municipalities surrounding Milwaukee. We expect to expand our volunteer base as we go and we'll accomplish many things aside from significantly lowering the fines for cannabis possession: we will draw attention to cannabis legalization and medical cannabis, we will show the lawmakers that people are sick of cannabis prohibition, and we will show Wisconsin that the cannabis community is active and is a political force that must be respected.

To those who are concerned that this does not go far enough, know that this will go on in addition to lobbying to pass Wisconsin bills regarding medical cannabis, decriminalization, and full recreational legalization. Also know that these initiatives are just the first steps of a small but quickly growing organization, and that these initiatives and the victories they'll provide are necessary to fuel that growth and enable us to become a powerful force fighting to reform Wisconsin's draconian marijuana laws.

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Yes We Cannabis!

On December 8th, 2016, Southeast Wisconsin NORML hosted a legalization celebration at Bremen Cafe in Milwaukee. Tons of people turned out to celebrate the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in 8 states that happened on November 8th. This was a huge win for the fight against marijuana prohibition and the perfect time to celebrate with great music and conversation.

Thanks to our artists KJ, Miles Lamensky, Chalice in the Palace, Vladimir Gluten, Dela and Jesse Guten for coming out to rock out for the cause. 

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