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Wisconsin: Half Of State Voters Back Legalizing Marijuana Use
Milwaukee, WI: One out of two Wisconsin voters believe that marijuana use ought to be legal, according to survey data released by Marquette University Law School.
Fifty percent of respondents agreed with the statement, "[M]arijuana use should be made legal." Forty-five percent of respondents disagreed with the statement.
Under present law, the possession of any amount of cannabis in Wisconsin is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to six-month in jail and a $1,000 fine. Any subsequent marijuana possession offense is classified as a felony, punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The Marquette University poll is the latest in a series of statewide surveys, including state-specific polls in California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, and Texas, showing that more adults support legalizing cannabis than approve of its criminal prohibition.
Eight hundred randomly sampled registered voters participated in the poll. A random half-sample of those surveyed responded to the specific question regarding marijuana policy.
The Marquette poll has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percent.
Join NORML Next Week For The 31st Annual Key West Legal Seminar
Washington, DC: NORML is still accepting registrations from criminal defense lawyers who wish to attend the organization's 31st annual Key West Legal Seminar.
This year's event will take place Thursday, December 5th to Saturday, December 7th at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa in Key West, Florida. Join NORML's staff and many of the nation's top criminal defense attorneys in one of America's most 'pot-friendly' cities.
Presentations at this year's seminar include: 'Latest Important Court Decisions,' 'The Implications of Marijuana Use on Child Custody and Child Welfare Cases,' 'Cross-Examination of a Police Officer,' 'Ethical Implication of Brady', 'Jury Nullification,' 'Motions for a New Trial: "Muligan Please," and 'Recreational Marijuana Licensing, Cannabis Civil Litigation, Banking, Taxation, and Intellectual Property.'
Speakers at this year's conference include: Jerry Cox, current president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and former NACDL presidents Gerry Goldstein, John Wesley Hall and Jeffrey Weiner; family law specialists Natalie Alane and Mary Chartier; William Buckman, former vice-president of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey; David Baugh, former president of the VA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Hillary Bricken, with Canna Law Group in Seattle.
Social events at the event include an opening night reception, an evening party at The Reach Resort (sponsored by High Times Magazine), and a NORML benefit dinner at Camille's Restaurant.
Conference agenda and registration information for the 31st annual NORML Key West Legal Seminar is available online at: https://norml.org/about/events/key-west-legal-seminar. The Key West Legal Seminar is fully accredited in every state that requires continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys.
NORML Remembers Peter Lewis: Long-Time Philanthropist To Marijuana Law Reform Efforts
Coconut Grove, FL: Peter Lewis, long-time Chairman of Progressive Insurance and a generous financial backer of various marijuana law reform efforts, died Saturday, November 23, due to natural causes. He was 80 years of age.
Over the past three decades, Mr. Lewis provided tens of millions of dollars of to various marijuana law reform organizations and campaigns, including statewide marijuana legalization initiatives and legal efforts. In the 2012 election alone, Mr. Lewis provided an estimated $3 million in funding to successful statewide reform efforts in Massachusetts and Washington.
Writing in Forbes Magazine in 2011, Lewis stated, "My mission is to reduce the penalties for growing, using and selling marijuana. It's that simple. ... I deeply believe that we'll have a better country and a better world if marijuana is treated more or less like alcohol." He added, "[M]ore than half of Americans have used marijuana themselves. I am one of those Americans, and I know firsthand that marijuana can be helpful and that it certainly isn't cause for locking anyone up."
Mr. Lewis had publicly acknowledged first trying cannabis at age 39 and then returning to the plant at the age of 64 to combat chronic pain from a partial leg amputation.
NORML expresses its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Peter Lewis.
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