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Re: [tcCannabisClub] Re: [mnNORML] Re: court cases

From: user 1.
Sent on: Saturday, December 24, 2011 11:06 AM
And to all a good night;
We have covered some good ground here that gives us all food for thought.
    1. What is the over riding purpose here?
         A. The legalization of Marijuana and Hemp
         B. To support to legal effort to do the above
The choice between A and B above is crucial at an organizational level. If A is the over riding purpose than B becomes a natural function of A. If B is your goal than you have already committed to that basket as your main focus and A becomes reliant upon and subservient to B. This is the organizational dilemma this effort faces now put as simply as possible, how and with what virtuosity we proceed forward from here depends on this choice. The National NORML organization works on the B model. It is my position that the State efforts must fill the A model role or the redundancy of effort negates forward movement.
    There has been some speculation, from my words, that I do not support MPP or it’s efforts. That would be a very incorrect assumption. Having said that I am also a realist and have criticized them internally for lack of a political organizational effort here in Minnesota as well. The Michigan, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico medicinal Marijuana laws were drafted with little or no input from citizens and are all seriously problematic. This kind of “do it for us”, “Plug and Play”  mentality makes our effort weak both in appearance and actuality. We need to foster hope and empower people to become motivated and involved as they are our pathway to power. As some have pointed out here a court case will never do that moving at the speed of justice.
    For many of us this is the question we need to know the answer to. To put it another way; is Minnesota Normal committed to eliminating the need for it’s own existence, or do you plan on becoming an established entity for 3 or 4 decades? It means everything to promoting and growing the organization. Personally, I have had about enough of “Intellectualizing” and would like to move on to “Doing”.
    I have been a bit of a bull in a china closet trying to feel out some answers here. What I have found is still unclear of it’s direction at the end of it’s first year, and if I see it so do others including our opposition. Our own perception of weakness also undermines this effort. Teachers at 1% of the population hold between 20 and 30% of delegate seats at the state DFL convention because of their ability to organize 5-10% of their people. Can you imagine what we could do with 2% of our 56% support base, I would be happy with 1/4 of 1%? Only if you believe will they follow, and being a leader in this kind of effort requires it.
    We also live in a time of extreme disrespect for elders by the young, we even have a name for it something like (just like my old man syndrome). This is very hard for me to understand considering how much I learned from and was helped by my elders in life, work, and the political realm. It isn’t just here, it permeates society now. We should all be asking ourselves who this divides and who that works for.
    This is much to consider in the words above. Adding to that, many of my fellow weed supporters are confirmed pacifists, feminists, environmentalists, capitalists, and even socialists just to name a few. We have a lot to overcome before we can even start. Take care and have a happy holiday, with the new year comes new opportunity for those who reach for it.
W. D. (Bill) Hamm

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