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postheadericon Michigan NORML 1st Quarter Meeting 2012

WHAT:      Michigan NORML (MINORML) 1st Quarter meeting:
WHEN:      Saturday, January 14th,1:30pm (weather permitting)
WHERE:    East Bay Lodge,125 12th Street, Prudenville, Michigan 48651 (Houghton Lake)
WHO:         MINORML members and general public

CONTACT: Randy Krause at (989) 366-5910

Folks, this is your opportunity to come and experience a true northwoods setting in a true northwoods lodge, relaxing by the huge fireplace and just being yourself while enjoying the company of others who believe like you do that cannabis prohibition needs to end!

Your host, MINORML member, Randy will provide rooms on Friday nite for those who might like to come early, at $45. Rooms for Saturday nite go for a minimum donation of $20 (or more). Pets are always welcomed, but be responsible!! Contact Randy to reserve your room, but hurry cause they'll go fast!

For those coming in on Friday,Jan.13th, please bring some finger-food to share for an evening of fellowship. There will be a "Pot-luck" dinner on Saturday,Jan.14th, after the 1:30pm meeting, so bring your favorite dish to pass (Randy has plenty of plug-ins for crock-pots). Swedish meatballs,sodas,& table-service will be provided by Michigan NORML.


Helpful Links:

Michigan NORML Facebook Group

Michigan NORML Website

postheadericon Milwaukee Marijuana Meetup’s Many in January


SE Wisconsin NORML

I am sure we will be hearing more from this organization in the near future, but it looks like the greater Milwaukee Area and Southeastern Wisconsin NORML will hold three meetings and a little more in January.  Medical Cannabis legislation is pending in Wisconsin and this area of the state has several legislators that should be supporting this legislation, but are not.   Activists are pointing this out to constituents and voters in their districts and just like you and I, these voters support medical cannabis and would like to see Wisconsin enact this type of legislation.  Signature pages and lobbying efforts are underway and we all need your help in the fields, offices and behind the scenes.

The Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network reported meeting dates on Monday January 2nd, January 16th and January 30th for the chapter.

From 6:30 PM til 7 PM Southeastern Wisconsin’s Board of Directors will hold a board meeting. Supporters that want to be more involved in the operations of Southeastern Wisconsin NORML are welcome to join us for the board portion or contact the Board at with any questions and/or comments. Please join us for our meeting welcome to the general public beginning at 7PM and scheduled til 8:30 at the Brewing Grounds for Change Cafe located at 2008 N. Farwell Ave in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The Official Southeastern Wisconsin Facebook page also had an post from Deputy Director Jay Blaze indicating we will be hearing something special in January:

January 27th 2012, The Miramar Theatre, Krankzinnig?! Details to be announced, stay tuned for more info!!!

Find out more at

postheadericon English teacher finds inspiration in students

Printed in the Red 'n' Green (Wed June 2nd, 2010 Volume XLII, Issue IX)

A Berlin High School Student Open Forum Since 1924

by Amberlee Perry

English teacher finds inspiration in students

Inspiration can be discovered through many things.  English teacher Margaret Guertler finds her inspiration through her students.

Students inspire Guertler with their talents, the challenges they overcome and what they make of themselves after high school.

In Guertler's 44 years of teaching, certain students have had an impact on her career and in her life.

"I've had some really fabulous writers.  My very first year of teaching I had a young woman who was a wonderful writer.  This year, I have a freshman girl who writes amazing poetry," said Guertler.  "It just makes me realize how much talent there is in the world."

The hardships students endure also inspire Guertler.

"I've had students who were kicked out of their homes and had to live in their cars!" said Guertler.  "Some students just don't have anything, but they still come to school everyday and do the best they can."

Guertler has had students who have pursued a career in teaching.

"There are several people on staff who were students of mine," Guertler said.

Margaret Guertler teaching 44 years at Berlin High School

Margaret Guertler teaching 44 years at Berlin High School

Guertler is thankful to one particular student, Jay Selthofner, a graduate of 1992, who taught her an essential skill.

"We were just entering the computer era and we recieved computers for each of the teachers," said Selthofner said. "I taught her the daily basics of using a computer."

Geurtler realizes how important a skill it was.

"I know a lot more now than I did then, but I wouldn't have survived that particular period of time," Guertler said.

In her years of teaching, Guertler has had many inspiring students I should be thinking of" Guertler said.

Although Guertler finds inspiration in her students, her students also find inspiration in her.

"I had a lot of respect for her," said Selthofner.  "She was one of the teachers that helped mold me into the person I am today."

Red 'n' Green (Wed June 2nd, 2010 Volume XLII, Issue IX) newspaper of the Berlin High School

Red 'n' Green (Wed June 2nd, 2010 Volume XLII, Issue IX) newspaper of the Berlin High School

postheadericon Marijuana use gains support, but not here

By Anna Krejci, Dells Events | Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 3:29 pm

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin for medicinal use announced a rally for it that was to be held at the Lake Delton Walmart parking lot Saturday, but no participants could be found in a visit to the site Saturday.

Public backing is growing, say supporters of a movement to have a bill in the Wisconsin legislature passed to allow marijuana for use by certain patients.

A poll from the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-fourths of Americans (73 percent) support allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Demonstrations were held Saturday in some 30 cities across Wisconsin and Michigan, according to Wisconsin chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws field director Jay Selthofner. Rallies were held in Eau Claire, Oshkosh and Berlin, Selthofner said. They also were scheduled in Green Bay, Appleton, Wisconsin Rapids, Platteville, Dodgeville, La Crosse, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Madison.

Selthofner is collecting participants’ photos from the events on the group’s Facebook page, Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554, which is the bill in the state Legislature that would legalize marijuana for people with serious health problems.

He called last Saturday’s rallies the “largest event ever” in medical marijuana activism in Wisconsin, considering all the new activists that he said came to the locations.

He was a witness to the amount of T-shirts sold for the cause.

“The support was there. It was really just amazing,” he said.

The group chose to demonstrate on public streets by Wal-Marts, Selthofner said, because it’s a well-known location in communities and recently a Battle Creek, Mich., Wal-Mart employee, Joe Casais, was fired because he tested positive for marijuana even though it’s legal for certain patients to use marijuana in that state. Casais has cancer and was tested for drugs when he filed a workman’s compensation claim over a sprained knee at work, according to a report by The Grand Rapids Press.

According to NORML, there are 14 states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Wisconsin activists think it’s only a matter of time before it’s condoned in Wisconsin.

A bill has been sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Mark Pocan and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach. It still needs to be approved by committees and the state Senate and Assembly and have a signature from Gov. Jim Doyle who favors the bill as long as patients accessing the drug have a prescription. The end of the current legislative session is April 22. If the bill isn’t passed by then, the bill-making process starts over.

According to the Legislative Reference Bureau, the bill would make marijuana use legal for “a debilitating medical condition” like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, a positive HIV test, Crohn’s disease, a Hepatitis C virus infection, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, nail patella syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, or “the treatment of such a disease or condition, that causes wasting away, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms; or any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition designated as a debilitating medical condition or treatment in rules promulgated by the Department of Health Services.”

The maximum amount of marijuana a patient could be in possession of would be 12 marijuana plants and three ounces, or about 85 grams. Users would need to register and have a card to access the drug and a physician’s prescription.

Gary Storck, a Dane County resident, is on the boards of Wisconsin NORML and Is My Medicine Legal Yet?, two organizations advocating for marijuana, or cannabis, use for medicine. He has also written a series of articles that appeared on chronicling the debate around AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.

Storck happens to use marijuana to ease his own discomfort stemming from Noonan syndrome. Storck suffered a variety of birth defects and has glaucoma and has needed several open heart surgeries as a consequence of his health condition. He said the marijuana is effective, adding it allows him to still climb stairs even with his respiratory ailments. He said he’s not on any other cardiac medications and he has no symptoms from his heart condition.

Storck said he can use marijuana in Wisconsin because he has a prescription for it from a California doctor.

A report in The Capital Times from November lists several organizations supporting and opposing the bill to legalize marijuana as medicine. It has support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, the Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts of Wisconsin and the state Epilepsy Foundation.

The Wisconsin Medical Society doesn’t support the bill because of worries about negative effects from smoking it. Supporters of the bill believe other ways of taking marijuana can include inhaling vapors, swallowing capsules, lozenges, candies and applying salves that wouldn’t hurt the lungs.

“There’s nothing to fear about passing this,” Storck said.

When asked if the bill would make it easier for people with non-medical conditions to access the drug, he said the risk shouldn’t be any greater than it already is. People are already obtaining it on the streets anyway, he said. And there are other prescription drugs like oxycontin that are falling into young peoples’ hands who are dying from consuming it, he said.

He considers marijuana to be different, to be a safe drug.

postheadericon Feb. 6 Berlin WI THC EXPO hopes to help heal hurting economy and patients – Article by Gary Storck

Feb. 6 Berlin WI THC EXPO hopes to help heal hurting economy and patients - Article by Gary Storck

BERLIN: On Saturday, February 6, 2010, as the community rallies together in momentum for National Medical Marijuana Awareness Week, the Berlin Wisconsin Public Library will house supporters of hemp and medical marijuana as various organizations come together to put on an expo style event showcasing the cannabis plant, The T.H.C. Expo (Talking Hemp & Cannabis) will run from 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Berlin Public Library, located at 121 W. Park Ave., Berlin.

This region was once a leader in Wisconsin hemp cultivation. Today, the feral hemp plants growing along roadways or on old farmsteads are the only remnants of an era when farmers benefited greatly from hemp cultivation. Berlin's THC Expo will not only examine the history and potential future role of hemp in the local and state economy, but also delve deeply into the medical use of cannabis and current legislation before the Wisconsin Legislature regarding both medical cannabis and hemp.

Organizer Jay Selthofner promises the T.H.C. EXPO, will "openly and honestly discuss this misunderstood plant". In a recent interview, Selthofner told Madison NORML Examiner, "The driving force behind the expo is the community who supports hemp and medical marijuana, and the cost to bring this event together was donated by the people of the district."

Berlin is in the state legislative districts represented by State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and State Assembly Rep. Joan Ballweg (R- Markesan). As of this writing, neither lawmaker has yet taken a formal position on the bill, despite what local activists call "a ton of constituent letters, phone calls, emails, Capitol office visits, and in the case of Sen. Olsen, not one but two public listening sessions".

The Expo will also include representatives of organizations including Is My Medicine Legal Yet? (IMMLY), Wisconsin NORML, Madison NORML, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), MJ2 Media, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (WI-ACLU), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and Wisconsin Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access (WIVMMA).

IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert, namesake of the Wisconsin medical cannabis bill is expected to be in attendance along with state and regional activists including Gary Storck, Ben Masel, Teresa Shepherd, LEAP's James Gierach and others.

For more info: List of qualifying medical conditions included in the JRMMA. Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Hearing Recap & Action Alert. Report on Jan. 20 Mary Powers Memorial and JRMMA Lobby Day. For additional details on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, info on the Dec. 15, 2010 combined Health committee hearing, bill text and status, how to donate, all the latest news and how you can help, visit, or Visit my Madison NORML Examiner articles archive. Photos courtesy IMMLY/WI NORML and friends except where otherwise noted. Photo of Berlin Library courtesy Berlin Library Photo of Rep. Ballweg courtesy WI State Legislature.

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