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OSHKOSH, WI — A forum in Oshkosh Wednesday night discussed legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin.  The forum hosted by the Fox Valley ACLU, featured medical experts and law enforcement.   In the November election, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana.  Wednesday, the panel discussed why Wisconsin should be next.  But opponents say pot is a gateway drug that could fall into the wrong hands, like teens and youth, and could lead to harder drugs.

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A group in the Fox Valley is working to educate the public as it explores the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin.

An open forum on legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin is taking place Wednesday night at the Oshkosh Public Library.

Jay Selthofner from NORML is one of the panelists.

He says in addition to jobs that could be created in the agricultural sector, medicinal marijuana would benefit the chronically ill and disabled, and the decriminalization of it would take stress off the judicial system.

“If we look at it to alcohol and nicotine, the model of Prohibition does not work in Wisconsin and does not work in the U.S.,” Selthofner says, “so a different model rather than prohibition would be some sort of legalization/regulation, would be much more advantageous for us as a state.”

Tracy Christensen is a clinical therapist with ThedaCare behavioral health. She sees firsthand the effects of addiction.

According to Christensen, “With any use of any substance it can, initially people may get positive effects but it can definitely cause medical problems.”

And local police say legalizing marijuana just adds another problem to the street.

“The majority of our crimes in the county are tied to drug use, and we battle a huge problem with OWI’s. Legalizing marijuana just throws a whole other issue into that OWI enforcement,” says Officer Jason Weber from the Town of Menasha Police Department.

But advocates for the legalization of marijuana say that isn’t the case at all. In fact, it’s their belief if marijuana were legalized there wouldn’t be as many issues.

Selthofner says, “If we gave people a safe choice than alcohol and nicotine — and we firmly believe that marijuana is the safer choice — it is going to reduce those other things across the state the we’re concerned about.”

There are no proposals currently in the Wisconsin Legislature to legalize marijuana.


What:  Forum on Legalizing Marijuana in Wisconsin

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 From 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: OSHKOSH PUBLIC LIBRARY, 106 Washington Ave, Oshkosh WI  (Meeting rooms A & B)


A forum on legalizing marijuana is being presented by the Fox Valley American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and moderated by Stephen Richards, a criminal justice professor. A discussion panel will include:

All are welcome to attend. The event is open to the public and there is no admission.


This forum is being sponsored and funded through donations by the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Selthofner Consulting.


Please do not hesitate to contact the Caley with the Fox Valley ACLU at 920-470-6800 or Jay Selthofner 920-410-2920 for more information.


For a printable PDF of this Press Release, please use the following link: Press Release Fox Valley ACLU Marijuana Forum

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Should Wisconsin legalize recreational marijuana?

Milwaukee Journal SentinelWith two states legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial page editor David D. Haynes and columnist James E. Causey discussed whether a similar change should happen in Wisconsin. Vote by using the following link: and read the chat from Monday afternoon (12-03-2013).


The results as of 12/29/2012 via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Website were a total of 4364 total responses with 61% Yes and 39% No.

Remember to take the poll, let friends and colleagues know the importance of taking the poll and then please bring this poll, the results and other timely hemp cannabis/marijuana reform news to the attention of your State Senator and State Assembly Representative.  Not sure who represents you?  Please visit the “Legislator Finder” database on the Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network at