The Greater Milwaukee Green Party hosted a bipartisan event at Linneman’s Pub in Milwaukee’s historic Riverwest neighborhood. Speakers included representatives from NORML SE Wisconsin, Americans for Safe Access-Medical, Parents4Pot-Medical, and several local activists. The venue was left with standing room only which is no surprise since recent polls suggest Wisconsin is ready for COMPLETE legalization.
In a statewide poll taken at the end of October by the Marquette University Law School showed that 49.7 % of Wisconsin’s registered voters are ready for full legalization of cannabis with only 44.9 percent opposed and 4.7 unsure or felt they needed to be better educated.
Bunny Balk from the Wisconsin ASA made a compelling argument for medicinal purposes with good reasons. According to Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer. Their research was published and included in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access on December 25th of 2007 in a paper entitled Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases. The question was asked “if you would rather your child have non addictive medicinal marijuana or an addicting drug such as vicodin, valium and oxy contin (heroin) which would you chose for your child?
This contradicts Scott Walker’s recent statement that Marijuana is a “Gateway drug” to heroin. This suggests that George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama are potential heroin addicts since “they inhaled, that was the point”? You then have to ask if Scott Walker also thinks historical cannabis users such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln would be heroin addicts in this day and age? How come they did not become opium addicts? This also shows that Scott Walker maybe be out of touch with young conservatives. The plea from local sheriff’s may be due to pressure of the prison industrial complex lobby of police unions, then putting pressure on police to express this point of view. Constitutional Sheriff Richard Mack said “the war on drugs is a failure” on The Rundown Live.
During the Q & A sessions surprisingly members of the Wisconsin Republican party, Democrat party, Green party and Libertarian party identified themselves and brought different view points in support of complete legalization. Libertarian and Libertarian Republicans present asked “how are more courts and more prisons conservative and limited government?”. We do not treat alcoholics in this way. Conservatives asked “how do mandates for 90% incarceration guarantee’s deliver an honest judiciary system?”. This puts pressure on judges to make an unethical decisions in order to fill prisons. Libertarians agreed that government should get out of our personal lives and allow people to start making decisions for themselves.
Constitutional Sheriff Richard Mack joined The Rundown live and said “prohibition” and the “War on Drugs” is a failure.
South Milwaukee Republican Branch Chair and libertarian Mike Murphy spoke in favor of legalization of Marijuana on The Rundown Live as well.
Reverend Clenard Childress joined The Rundown Live and confirmed his thoughts that marijuana should be decriminalized.